Fort Lennox, a Montérégie getaway for everyone!
Soak up, feed your curiosity and discover!
Fort Lennox is a Parks Canada regional heritage treasure that attracts young and old to the Montérégie municipality of Saint-Paul-de-l'Ile-aux-Noix. The escapade for all begins on the wharf by taking a river shuttle to Fort Lennox to discover the national historic site and plunge into another era. For the curious and history buffs, this is the ideal place to feed your thirst for learning. If you're an epicurean, bring your own picnic to enjoy the magnificent, vast site, where you can disconnect and immerse yourself in nature.
An exhibition rich in history and human interest
Visit Fort Lennoxis brimming with stories of the many people who have passed through the island over the past 6,000 years. From First Nations to refugee camps, Passages, an Island of a Thousand Faces tells the stories of the people who have shaped the character of the national historic site. Anecdotes, twelve interactive islands and an archaeological collection of over 200 original artifacts from the site brilliantly recount the memories of those times. In this way, the collection of artefacts ensures the continuity of the site's rich history. Learn more about the events that shaped this region. Take part in a dynamic experience by choosing between events, activities, guided tours and self-guided explorations. Guide-interpreters will accompany you on tours, allowing you to interact with them and enrich your historical knowledge of the area. Whatever your choice, Île aux Noix promises a captivating experience!
Over the past five years, the Parks Canada team has invested time and money to restore and solidify Fort Lennox's structures. The greatest restoration challenge has been to preserve the historic heritage buildings, especially the barracks, the site's signature building. Thanks to Parks Canada's efforts, these buildings are now showcased so that all visitors can continue to enjoy the richness of our history, and give our past a future. Facilities and infrastructure have also been added
Additional infrastructure work :
- Redevelopment of service areas such as family areas and inclusive sanitary facilities;
- A new maintenance room for collections of historical objects;
- Redevelopment of the upstairs showroom (Chambrée);
- Repair work on certain infrastructures adjacent to the fort to ensure public safety;
- Major work on the north gate - the fortification's main gate - and its bridge;
- Upgrading the river quays to make transport to the island safer and easier, both for technical operations and for the general public;
- Several improvements to service buildings such as the information center.
(Source: Parks Canada)
For your visit
To make your visit even more enjoyable, Fort Lennox offers an all-inclusive rate of $18.50, including parking, ferry (a short 10-minute boat ride) and access to the Fort's island. Take advantage of this opportunity to plan an unforgettable family day without worrying about the logistics.
What to bring: Bottled water, sunscreen and food, as picnics are permitted on site! (Please note: there is no access to drinking water or food once on the island).
Address: Fort Lennox National Historic Site, 1 61st Av, Île-aux-Noix, QC J0J 1G0
(1 hour from Montreal, 20 minutes from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and 1 hour from Vermont).
Open: June 17 to September 4, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (first departure at 9:45 a.m., last departure at 3:45 p.m.)
For your information
Parks Canada's mandate is to protect and present Canada's national historic sites, national parks, historic canals, national urban parks and national marine conservation areas. The infrastructure portfolio developed by Parks Canada plays an essential role in the visitor experience, and also helps support operations such as transportation, water management and services to residents and businesses, while constituting a shared source of pride for Canadians.
(Source: Parks Canada)