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“A review of Canadian/American/French/British/Indian history.”

Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Chambly
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Owner description: This restored fort is now a history museum.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

What a lot of fighting went on between the arrival of The English and French to North America and the final acquisition of Canada by the British. The fort gives a self guided review of who did what when and where. It was interesting to see the ties with Fort Ticonderoga that we visited a few years ago and to Massachusetts, our home state. The fort gives a beautiful view of Chambly Basin and the Richelieu River. The adjoining park is a beautiful place to sit, walk, or bicycle.

Thank MARY C
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The main walls of the fort are still there but the insides have been entirely gutted and replaced with quite high quality museum exhibits on the fort and area. We spent about 2 hours and covered the whole thing, including reading most of the panels. At under 6$ it's priced well, but may not be quite interactive enough to hold young children for too long.

The frequent tours and demonstrations are announced by PA and cover a great range of topics. They are also well put together and presented with lots of good information, even to me who has toured quite a few larger forts.

The two downsides are that it's not more historically restored. You feel like you're in a museum so no happy imagining of fort life.

And they keep resorting to French. I didn't mind as I could generally follow along, but my date couldn't and therefore couldn't follow any of it. This includes the ones scheduled to be in English. I partially understand this given the majority of the people interested in watching were francophone, but it also definitely wasn't an optional switch back to French. They just started in French every time. I'm happy to schedule my day to hit the English time slots but finding them running things in French at times held out to be the English version was rather disappointing. They should at least be checking to see if anyone requires it in English in the English time slot before jumping back into French just because they spot French audience members. I don't expect English in the French time slot, so I can see how for many people French in the English slot would sour the experience.

1  Thank Kathleen M
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Fort Chamnbly is located in the picturesque town of Chambly and is easily accessible. It is only about a 30 minute drive from Montreal. There is a parking lot in front and it is a short walk to the old fort which sits on the Richelieu River. The fort was built by the French in the early 18th century. During the continual strife in North America during that period, it was taken by the British and, later, by the Americans. At some point it was abandoned and fell into a state of disrepair. Toward the end of the 19th century a private citizen named Dion began the effort to restore it. We should all be thankful that he did because it is an important piece of Canadian history and, today, is in excellent condition. There is an admission fee and a gift shop inside. There are two floors with exhibits which give an insight within the period during which the fort was built. Included in the exhibits are a couple of old cannon. There is a video in both French & English which gives a history of the fort. Archeologists have uncovered a latrine which is located next to where the cannons are located. On the day that we visited the fort, there was a presentation on how the French soldier of that period was dressed. A volunteer came from the audience and one of the employees dressed him in a French uniform of the 18 century and explained each part of it. This was my favorite attraction in the area when we visited Montreal and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are history buffs and enjoy visiting places such as this.

Thank globeseeker007
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great park along the river, with easy trails (pedestrians and bikes), ample free parking spaces, nice little downtown not too far from the Fort, with lots of restaurants and little shops (including bike rentals). The Fort in itself is much smaller than I expected but nicely maintained. To a certain extent though, it is so nicely cleaned up and modernized inside as a museum and expo place that you cannot feel or picture what it must have been really like back then. There is a fee to visit the Fort and a schedule for activities and tours, although you can visit on your own. All signs are both in english and french, and we did not have any problem with anyone helping us in either language.

Thank Puzzle2424
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Really pretty park. Unfortunately the Fort was closed the day of our visit. We still had a nice time walking around the Fort and along the river. Lots of wildlife to see.

2  Thank JaneTampa_Florida
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