Montebello, Quebec, May 17, 2022 – The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site will open its doors for the summer season on May 21 with a few new features.
Set in Montebello, halfway between Gatineau and Montréal, Manoir Papineau is a page straight out of 19th century history that opens right before your eyes, the grand estate of Louis-Joseph Papineau, the man who was to become a leading figure in Canadian politics.
Flanked by four towers, the manor house rules over its surrounding landscape with its manicured gardens, spacious lawns, wooded areas and a stream.
Hours of operation
May 21 to June 17: Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 18 to September 5: Wednesday to Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 6 to October 10: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and take part in a 45-minute guided tour of the main floor of Manoir-Papineau that will reveal the daily life of Louis-Joseph Papineau’s family. Enter the intimacy of this elite French-Canadian family by passing through Louis-Joseph’s bedroom and imagine the festive atmosphere of the receptions in the dining room and the drawing room. Then follow the guide to the orangery, passing through the magnificent gardens.
The authentic period décor, a touch of history and a few anecdotes will introduce you to the secrets of this manor house and its occupants.
New this summer:
- As part of the Year of the Garden, on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy outdoor activities with characters in period costume. Come and create a herbarium in the authentic granary of the estate, visit Mr. Papineau’s heritage vegetable garden and leave with oak shoots to plant or wildflower seeds.
- On July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come and enjoy the special Louis-Joseph Papineau tea in the garden to celebrate Canada Day. Admission is free.
- From September 2 to 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the estate will be animated by period games and various workshops on 19th century etiquette. There will be tastings of Louis-Joseph Papineau oolong tea. Tours of Mr. Papineau’s garden and orangery will be offered and his gardener will be your guide.
In the evening, accompanied by one of the characters of the house, experience Rumours in the night, the new guided nocturnal tour of Louis-Joseph Papineau’s seigneurial manor.
Times: 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Capacity: 20 places for each time slot
Duration: 90 minutes
Book your spot at email@example.com
Fees: $12.75 per adult, $11.25 per senior and $4.25 per youth
The family museum, a heritage building just steps away from the manor house, is hosting the exhibition Papineau and the Heritage village presented by our partner, the Société d’histoire de Louis-Joseph Papineau. Visitors will be able to appreciate objects from everyday life in the era of the seigneury of La Petite-Nation; old pictures of the village, and some sculptures. A relaxation area and a photo area offering chic bourgeois accessories will be available to visitors to capture their country memories. Visit the website for all the details.
The manor house is also continuing its partnership with the Réseau BIBLIO de l’Outaouais for the Borrow Culture program. Through this partnership, citizens who are members of the network’s libraries will have free access (valid for the daily rate) to Manoir Papineau by borrowing a museum card available at participating libraries. Visit the Réseau BIBLIO de l’Outaouais website for details.
Plan your visit
We encourage visitors to visit the Manoir-Papineau website. It is updated regularly and contains all the information they need to plan their visit.
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and employees is of utmost importance to Parks Canada. The Agency follows the advice, guidance and requirements of public health experts and encourages visitors to continue to follow the measures in place, protect themselves, and exercise caution to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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