Chapais' House

Registered Name: ASSOCIATION PATRIMONIALE DE SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-BOUTEILLERIE

Business Number: 892817156RR0001

Chapais' House

Built in 1833-34, this house was inhabited by Jean-Charles Chapais, one of the Fathers of Confederation, and his two sons, Thomas Chapais, imminent historian, and Jean-Charles Chapais, one of the pioneers of agronomy and forestry in Quebec, then their descendants.

The Chapais family owned the house until the early 1960s, ceding it to the Government of Quebec with original furniture.  A heritage association of St-Denis-De La Bouteillerie was created in 1990 to conserve and enhance it. His mission: Preserve and enhance the tangible and intangible heritage of Maison Chapais. Through all of her activities, she promotes and brings to life the rich heritage of this place of historical interpretation.

The summer program includes: guided tours of the home for visitors, free country shows for the people of Kamouraska, school workshops for young people and during special activities, a butter making demonstration workshop. A garden area is maintained each summer, to enhance the site and show the importance of self-production in daily life in the past.

Through our activities, visitors can better understand life and architecture in our region between 1830 and 1930, and appreciate the political and economic influences of this Kamouraskois family on the history of our region, Quebec and Canada. By protecting this architectural heritage, the collections, and the environment and by offering cultural and tourist activities that have economic spinoffs, our organization contributes to the quality of life of those who reside in our region. As a result, it is a factor in attracting and retaining the population and contributes to the vitality of the economy and the heritage reputation of the region.

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