Parks Canada announces the reopening of the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site

Infrastructure work to conserve the manor and outbuildings now complete

MONTEBELLO, QC, June 25, 2021 /CNW/ – National historic sites reflect Canada’s rich and varied heritage and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. Investments in the preservation and restoration of national historic sites will protect these important heritage places for future generations.

Repairs to the roof of the manor house have made it possible to return to the wishes of Louis-Joseph Papineau, who at the time had chosen three colours of tiles as well as the inscription of his initials. Photo: Parks Canada (CNW Group/Parks Canada)

Today, Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, marked the completion of a project, valued at $5.9 million, for a major restoration of the heritage buildings at Manoir Papineau National Historic Site.

In recent years, the site has undergone a restoration of its exterior, including the roof, as well as conservation work to protect the integrity of the family museum, the granary and the manor house road. Conservation efforts were also made to protect the 300-year-old red oak tree that stands in front of the manor.  

Some of the work, such as that done in the granary basement, is not readily visible to visitors, but will allow future generations to experience an authentic and safe visit. Visitors will also be able to take in many elements that contribute to the commemorative integrity of the manor house, such as the return of the original colour chosen by Louis-Joseph Papineau for the exterior siding and his initials on the south facade of the roof.

After being closed for two years, the site will welcome visitors starting 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 a few things to keep in mind before your visit:

  • Plan ahead. The Parks Canada website contains detailed information on what 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 all need to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe. It is important to always comply with travel restrictions, even when visiting national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.
  • Do not leave any trace. Help us keep this special place clean by putting all your garbage in the designated bins or by taking it home.