The Amusées

Discover our Amusées

The Circuit des Amusées is an exciting chance to explore 9 outstanding museums!

The Circuit also lists 12 other historic places in Lac-Saint-Jean that you may find along the way. You never know—one of them may become the highlight of your vacation!

Parc de la Caverne du Trou de la Fée

There’s so much to see at Parc de la caverne du Trou de la Fée, whose main attractions include the only hibernaculum cave in Quebec and the tremendous Metabetchouan River canyon.

During your visit, walk along the old water supply line and across footbridges anchored to rocky cliffs. Visitors can admire the Metabetchouan River with its falls, cascades, its tree canopy, and the remains of a hydroelectric power plant, dating back to the 1920s.

Enjoy the scenery, the Sentier des Trois Chutes, and the Coulée Verte. You’ll be charmed, dazzled and fascinated. And don’t miss out on the chance to experience a 350-metre zip line that hangs 50 metres high.

Moulin des Pionniers

Moulin des Pionniers is an exceptional historic site featuring an old saw mill, built in 1904. It’s made entirely of wood, measures 15 by 15 metres, and is driven by raging waters. A proud symbol of the colonial era in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, this hydraulic sawmill operated for more than 70 years.

You’ll also discover a mechanical workshop and its historical forge, enjoy comfort foods in a centennial home restaurant, and explore our enchanted, child-friendly forest.

If the mood strikes, stay in one of two beautiful chalets on site. An exclusive opportunity to go back in time!

Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette

Ermitage Saint-Antoine is nestled in a charming wooded area on the edge of Lac Ouiatchouan. Founded in 1907 and run by the Capuchin Friars, this Quebec sanctuary offers quality lodging, a restaurant, and a range of activities. It’s a popular destination for pilgrims, tourists seeking natural beauty and tranquility, or if you’re looking to reconnect with yourself.

During your visit, go see the new multimedia show Origine, admire the historic buildings, restore your energy in nature, or hike the Notre-Dame de Kapatakan trail (215-kilometre Compostella in Quebec). Visiting Ermitage Saint-Antoine is an absolute must!

Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh

Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh shares the history and culture of Pekuakamiulnuatsh, the only Innu First Nation in the Lac-Saint-Jean region. During your visit, soak up the indigenous wisdom of the Innu (Montagnais) and other First Nations of Quebec and North America.

In addition to its permanent exhibit, Musée amérindien offers visitors three temporary shows. Explore the forest and discover the Nutshimitsh garden as well as arts and crafts workshops. You can also opt for a guided tour by community members for these activities.

Musée Louis-Hémon

Musée Louis-Hémonis the oldest museum institution in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. The museum was founded in 1938 by Montreal company Les amis de Maria Chapdelaine whose mandate was to honour the memory of author Louis Hémon and his landmark book, Maria Chapdelaine.

Musée Louis-Hémon offers a tour of the house in which the writer stayed during his visit to the area at the beginning of the 20th century. Most importantly, visit the Maria Chapdelaine exhibit, introducing you to the truths and lies about the author and his work. Get the real story about this work, Louis Hémon’s unusual life, and that of his so-called muse, Maria-Éva Bouchard.

Poste de traite de Desbiens

Poste de traite de Desbiens is located on the shores of Lac-Saint-Jean. For several millenia, it was the meeting place for most northeastern indigenous nations in North America who would gather every summer to trade and share.

The trading post features an archaeological site and gunpowder magazine, the oldest building in the region. You can also admire the works of local artists during temporary exhibits. But above all, use the site to take in the view of Lac-Saint-Jean and unwind to the sound of its waves.

L’Odyssée des Bâtisseurs

Parc thématique de l’Odyssée des Bâtisseurs takes you on a water adventure through time. The museum’s theme starts with the construction of the Isle-Maligne hydroelectric complex in Alma. This colossal construction site—built between 1923 and 1926—transformed the Lac-Saint-Jean region, its inhabitants, and its economy.

L’Odyssée des Bâtisseurs offers indoor and outdoor activities, including a hiking trail featuring a number of vestiges and an old water castle that has since been converted into a 360⁰ multimedia projection room. You’ll also find obstacle courses for children along the trail.

La vieille fromagerie Perron

Visit the Vieille fromagerie Perron, an internationally recognized, old-fashioned dairy farm.

Here, we present the most authentic way to go about discovering the old-fashioned dairy farm and its pioneer status in the development of the dairy and cheese industry in Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean.

Attend a cheese-making workshop

Make your own cheese “on site” at the modern, small-scale cheese factory that has been adapted to give you the full experience in learning about how it manufactures its famed products.

Vieille fromagerie Perron is a testimony of the past with a modern twist, that blends history, discovery, and cheese-making.

Village historique de Val-Jalbert

The Village historique de Val-Jalbert is a must-see tourist stop on your trip to Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. Between 1901 and 1927, the town of Val-Jalbert bustled about to the beat of its pulp mill. Journey into the town’s past.

Experience an outdoor museum where you can get a firsthand look at the wooden period homes, the convent-school, post office, and the general store— which, at the time, was the local “supermarket.” Today, it’s home to a gift shop, Café-terrasse, and comfortable, spacious guest rooms.

Lastly, a visit to Village historique de Val-Jalbert isn’t complete without a stop at the foot (or top) of the majestic Ouiatchouan Falls.

Circuit patrimonial d’Hébertville

Walk, bike, or drive the route, explore its architecture, and learn about the history of Hébertville and its various important figures.

Route des poteaux

More than fifty banners adorning the city poles of Desbiens recount its history and that of Lac-Saint-Jean.

Économusée de l’Apiculture – Miel des Ruisseaux

An interactive glimpse into the fascinating world of bees!

Le Vieux Moulin

Built in 1902, Vieux Moulin de Ste-Jeanne-D’Arc played a key role in local development through its numerous functions. Don’t miss it!

Parc du Vieil Art

The small park is nestled on the main strip, in the heart of St-Edmond-les-Plaine, a town founded in 1937. The park serves as a great place for walking and a site for historical appreciation, commemorating the souls of its pioneers.

Bilodeau Workshop Museum Pelletier-Bottier et de la Taxidermie

At BILODEAU Canada, the Pelletier family has been working with fur for over thirty years. Visit us for a chance to learn more about our manufacturing process by meeting artisans at work.

Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes

Journey into the world of Pères Trappistes, its famed chocolate factory, and discover a unique treasure during your visit. Family fun guaranteed.

Délices du Lac-Saint Jean–Jam maker: wild blueberry Economuseum

A family company that specializes in the transformation of wild blueberries with the goal of offering products made with this emblematic little fruit from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Nikuishkushtakan de Mashteuiatsh

Nikuishkushtakan is a welcome centre where you can learn about indigenous ways by walking the small path around the building. Walk it alone or book a guided tour for groups.

Parc du Sacré-Cœur in Saint-Félicien

Located downtown, opposite a beautiful church, discover the historical heritage of Quebec at Parc du Sacré-Cœur, surrounded by the Ashuapmushuan River.

Jardin des Ursulines de Roberval

Jardin des Ursulines was built to mark the 150th anniversary of Roberval. Activities take place here all summer long and serves as a great meeting point. The garden offers a beautiful place to walk and relax.

Heritage Tour in Roberval

Walk along Roberval’s pedestrian route that runs from rue Notre-Dame to boulevard Saint-Joseph, ending with a stop at Pointe-Scott. The path is divided into seven areas selected for their interesting architecture, history, and landscape.

Économusée Boulangerie Perron

In Roberval, uncover the secrets of artisanal bread and bread making. Watch artisans at work, from selecting the raw ingredients to making the finished product. A full range of gourmet foods with an artisanal flavour!

Centre d’interprétation de l’agriculture et de la ruralité

Centre d’interprétation de l’agriculture et de la ruralité will be closed for summer season of 2019.