Parks Canada announces the reopening of Manoir Papineau National Historic Site


Today, Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, highlighted the completion of a project a value of $ 5$ 0.9 million, for a major restoration of heritage buildings at Manoir Papineau National Historic Site.

In recent years, the site has undergone restoration of its exterior, including the roof, as well as conservation work to protect the integrity of the family museum, the attic and the manor path. Conservation efforts have also been made to protect the 300-year-old red oak that stands in front of the mansion.

Some work, such as that carried out in the basement of the attic, is not easily visible to visitors, but will allow future generations to experience an authentic and safe visit. Visitors will also be able to perceive many elements that contribute to the commemorative integrity of the mansion, such as the return of the original color chosen by Louis-Joseph Papineau for the exterior cladding and its initials on the south facade of the roof.

After being closed for two years, the site will welcome visitors effective June 26, 2021. The visitor experience for the upcoming season has been designed to ensure the health and safety of visitors and Parks Canada employees.

Here are some things to keep in mind before your visit:

  • Plan ahead. The Parks Canada website has detailed information on which sites are open, what to expect, how to prepare for your visit and what services are available. Be sure to check the website before your trip.
  • Follow the advice of public health experts. We must all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe. It is important to always obey travel restrictions, even when visiting national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.
  • Leaves no trace. Help us keep this special place clean by putting all your trash in the designated bins or taking it home.


“The government of Canada invests in national historic sites to give a future to our past and to support Parks Canada’s commitment to help develop the region’s tourism industry. The work at the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site will help protect and conserve this historic gem, while enriching the experience of visitors today and for future generations. I encourage all Canadians to discover an important part of the life of Louis-Joseph Papineau, a politician and a fervent defender of the culture that has marked the history of our nation. ”

Stephane Lauzon
Member of Parliament, Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation

“Manoir Papineau has always been part of Montebello landscape. We are pleased that Parks Canada attaches such importance to this magnificent site and takes the necessary measures to preserve it for a long time. The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site is not only an important tourist attraction for our municipality, it is also a haven of peace appreciated by our citizens. “

Martin Deschênes, mayor, Montebello

“I would like to thank the community of Montebello for their patience throughout the completion of this important work aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the Manoir Papineau national historic site, including its outbuildings. I would also like to salute the thoroughness and professionalism of all those who have ensured that our passionate guides can once again offer an authentic and secure experience to all our visitors. ”

Genevieve Caron
Superintendent, Mauricie and Western Quebec Field Unit, Parks Canada

Fast facts

  • The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site mainly commemorates Louis-Joseph Papineau and the architectural importance of his mansion, a reflection of his social ambitions, his tastes and his personality. This site also bears witness to the man who, after leaving the political arena, devoted himself entirely to the development of an ideal estate and to the management of his Seigneury of La Petite-Nation. The site also commemorates the role of the Papineau family in the creation of the estate.
  • The government of Canada invests in Manoir Papineau National Historic Site as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in Parks Canada history. By investing in infrastructure, Parks Canada protects and preserves from Canada cultural and natural heritage, while stimulating local economies and contributing to the growth of the tourism sector.
  • The investments of recent years have enabled the restoration of the exterior cladding and the roof of the manor, the footbridge on the way to the manor, as well as the family museum and the attic. The oak was also analyzed and corrective measures were applied to keep it alive for many years to come.
  • The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, which receives an average of 20,000 visitors per year, will reopen to the public on June 26. It will be possible to visit the ground floor and the attic, and enjoy the tranquility of the manor path and the beauty of the gardens.
  • The Parks Canada Agency asks visitors to be cautious and use the sites it manages with caution, to follow the advice of public health experts and to do everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of all.

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, [email protected]

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