Culture and history

Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Fort Chambly has been a part of Canada's national heritage since a long time. Discover its history through the links below.


Why a fort at Chambly? The first wooden fort was built as a defence post in the wars between the French and the Iroquois in New France in the second half of the 17th century. A stone fort was later built during the English-French conflict that was to follow.


Three wooden forts and one stone fort: First fort (1665-1690); second fort (1690-1702); third fort (1702-1709); fourth fort (1709).

Cultural landscape

Fort Chambly National Historic Site is part of the Montérégie touristic region. The fort overlooks the left bank of the Richelieu River. Drawing its source from Lake Champlain, the river flows to the north for over 100 km as far as the St. Lawrence River, downstream from Montreal. It is one of the largest navigable waterways in North America.


Fragments of dishes, shards of pottery, remains and foundations of former buildings hidden underground… A pile of old stuff? Nothing could be further from the truth! These excavated objects, revealed and interpreted by archaeologists, instead become genuine reminders in understanding the way of life of those who came before us. The Fort Chambly site is one of 10,000 sites in Quebec where archaeological digs have taken place.

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