The landmarks circuit

Le circuit des monuments
Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac

Remarkable vestiges of the past

These regional gems will transport you back in time to the days of New France and the seigniorial system. Enjoy the wide open spaces along the waterfront, interact with actors in period costumes and learn about the Quebec song legend who made his home in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Pack a lunch, a water bottle, a blanket to sit on and enjoy a picnic outdoors! You’ll have your pick of beautiful spots!

From Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot to Pointe-des-Cascades

Time

1 day

# of stops

7 stops

Distance

64 km

Stops

  • 1 Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin
  • 2 Maison Trestler
  • 3 Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  • 4 Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil
  • 5 Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac
  • 6 Canal de Soulanges
  • 7 Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades

Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin 1

2500, Boulevard Don-Quichotte Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot Québec J7V 7P2

514-453-5936

Let historical experts guide you through a moment in Canada’s history, when men and women did everything by hand. The Pointe-du-Moulin Park boasts one of only two working mills still left in the province of Québec. The mill and the nearby miller’s house have been standing since 1708 and 1787 respectively! The park is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the site while making it a fun place to learn about local history. This mill was used for centuries by farmers from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, L’Île-Perrot, Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil, and thus is one of the founding aspects of the region’s long and proud agricultural heritage. In summer, listen to stories, meet pirates, go fishing, camp under the stars, dine and dance; there is no end to the entertaining fundraising events put on at the park, which also hosts events for Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. The site also has facilities available for weddings, conferences and meetings, and hosts school and other groups for interpretive tours. Members get great rates and perks, so consider signing up to support this vibrant heritage site!

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Maison Trestler 2

85, Chemin de la Commune Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 2C3

450-455-6290

A unique heritage property, Trestler House is a window back in time. Built in the late 1700s, the 16-room stone house is a shining example of Québec history, complete with period furniture, artifacts, even its own ghost! The summer season bustles with excitement: group tours, guided visits, exhibitions, and a legendary summer concert series that features talented local and international musicians. The house is available as an enchanting venue for weddings, business meetings, and other events, complete with rentals and catering services. Sheltered in a residential area of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Trestler House is one of the region’s cultural gems, easily accessible by car, train, bicycle, or on foot.

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Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges 3

431, Avenue Saint-Charles Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 2N3

450-455-2092

Built near 1847, this imposing structure began its life as Collège Saint-Michel, functioning as Vaudreuil Village’s boy’s school. In 1958, it became the home of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum. Through its permanent and temporary ethnologiccal exhibitions, this museums acts as a witness to the evolution of this region’s way of life. The museum houses and protects over 9,000 magnificent objects of Quebec’s material heritage. It is also their mission to showcase the work of local artists in their contemporary gallery, which sees up to six shows a year. Museum staff are courteous and friendly, and are happy to take groups on guided tours of the collection. Themed activities are offered for children during the city’s many cultural events, and adult workshops are planned throughout the year. The museum is especially active with heritage and artistic workshops during the Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Dorion.

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Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil 4

186, Chemin de l'Anse Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 8P3

4504553371,poste2350

The only home lived in by Quebec poet and artist Félix Leclerc still open to the public, the Maison Félix Leclerc is classified as a historical monument and now houses a permanent exhibition that invites guests to learn all about this star of song, theatre, and poetry. At the same time, discover the wellspring of creativity of the era's artistic community and the works of art Félix created while living on Vaudreuil-Dorion's Chemin de l’Anse. Other than inetractive guided tours, guests can profit all season long from a number of shows and cultural events in a garden that overlooks the magnificent Lake of Two Mountains. The shop is a must-visit as well, full of unique souvenirs and beautiful local artisanal and gourmet products.

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Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac 5

308-A, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-763-5631

The region’s one and only Parks Canada site, the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, showcases Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a War of 1812 fort. History goes even further back, as the location was heavily used for portages by First Nations’ peoples looking to avoid the rapids to the south. All in all, the site brings together over 7,000 years of history on the banks of Lac-Saint-François. It’s just the sort of place where children and people of all ages can get a real sense of Canadian history. Situated on the beautiful Soulanges canal, a treat for cyclists of all skill levels, the heritage park is also close to the charming old-fashioned village of Coteau-du-Lac. Every Saturday, the historical site hosts a thriving farmer’s market featuring local food and art, music, shows, and plenty of surprises. The Canada Day activities and fireworks are some of the best around, so be sure to check them out!

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Canal de Soulanges 6

65, Chemin du Fleuve Pointe-des-Cascades Québec J0P 1M0

855-424-6654

Stretching on 23.5 km, the Soulanges Canal is an old waterway that connects the municipalities of Pointe-des-Cascades, Les Cedres, Coteau-du-Lac and Les Coteaux. Inaugurated in 1899 and closed to navigation in 1959, the Soulanges Canal is considered a major heritage in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. To experience the best of the canal, visitors can ride on the Soulanges bike path, which follows the canal along its length and continues in the towns of Saint-Zotique and Rivière-Beaudette. Among the major points of interest on the shores of the canal are the Parc des ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades, the former Les Cèdres hydroelectric power station – le Petit pouvoir and the Thomas-Monro / Louis-Stanislas-Pariseau Park. Find more details on the activities on Web Site : Canal de Soulanges. The main accesses are via the following parking lots: Pointe-des-Cascades (67 chemin du Fleuve, in front of the church) Les Cèdres (on Saint-Féréol, immediately north of the intersection with Route 338) Coteau-du-Lac (20, rue Principale) Les Coteaux (in front of the intermunicipal swimming pool located at 51, chemin du Fleuve)

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Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades 7

76, Chemin du Canal Pointe-des-Cascades Québec

450-455-3414

Centrally located at Lock #3 of the Soulanges Canal, Anchor Park is home to more than 100 anchors of all different sizes, shapes, and colours. This open-air musuem is open year-round, and is the perfect spot to get started on your visit to this charming municipality and its maritime history. The park is found at the eastern gate of Soulanges Canal bike path, so stop by before or after your bike ride to complete a great day outdoors. Now you know where to drop anchor!

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