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Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

Interpretation site - History and society / Archaeology - Indian and/or Inuit Heritage / Military Heritage

Tourist region: Montérégie

308 A chemin du Fleuve
Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec J0P 1B0

Telephone: 450 763-5631
Toll-free: 1 888 773-8888
Fax: 450 763-1654

SMQ code: 1250

Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/



To discover, see and do...

The Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site highlights the strategic, technological and economic importance of the first attempts at building a canal to bypass the St. Lawrence in the 18th and 19th centuries. It looks at the role of the River in transportation and communication with the interior of the continent, from paleohistoric times to the present. As soon as you arrive at the reception centre, interpreter-guides will introduce you to the history of the site through the permanent exhibition displaying the oldest artifacts unearthed in the St. Lawrence Valley. On the site itself, walking trails lead you to the archaeological garden, where you can admire the remains of some twenty military structures, the first lock canal built in North America and the eight-sided blockhouse. The peaceful countryside around Coteau-du-Lac promises a delightfully relaxing time on the banks of the majestic St. Lawrence River.

Heritage classification

  • National historic site (Canada)

Reception (languages)

Exhibitions: French, English
Guided tours: French, English


Partially accessible
Accessible to visually impaired visitors


  • Sales counter
  • Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
  • Picnic area


Number of exhibitions: 3
Number of sites to visit: 2
For more information on the region and local attractions, consult the Montérégie Tourism Association Website.
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