The Hydro-Quebec Interpretation Centre
Les Sept-Chutes : A jewel of the Quebecois industrial heritage !
Located on thne main floor of the Superintendent's House, this Centre gives visitor's a feeling for the history of the village of Sept-Chutes. Many historical photos are on display. A ten-minute video is presented alternately in French and English.
On your visit to the Interpretation Centre you will re-live the construction of the dam with its 300 workers, the log drive on the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River and the community life that grew up on the sitethrough a wonderful collection of pictures. You will also discover the history of electricity in Quebec.
A guide-interpreter waits for you there, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM every day.
The Historical Village
Once upon a time... there was a village
Many hard-working foreigners came to the region in 1912 to build the generating station. Isolated from the village of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, these pioneers had to be very independent. They cultivated an immense garden and built a cold storage for their crops, a chicken coop, an ice house, a skating rink, a barn, a school and they raised livestock, all of which allowed them to be very self-sufficient. You will be surprised by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of these pioneering builders !
In October 1983, with the departure of the last family, the family of Mr. Robert Chevalier, the village closed its doors. Many structures may still be seen on the site today. The barn, workshops, mechanical lift, superintendent's house, employees housing, chicken coop, root cellar and the forge are permanent reminders of a bygone era and a vigorous community.
Come to discover this fabulous heritage by following our interpretation signs.