About the Exhibit

 Chats Falls, A Hidden Treasure in the Pontiac


Philip John Bainbrigge (1817-1881).
Hudson Bay canoe at Chats rapids. 1838.
Library and Archives Canada, 1983-47-18

Chats Falls was located on the Ottawa River between Quyon and Bristol (in what is now the MRC des Collines and the MRC Pontiac). Thoroughfare and economic centre, Chats Falls attracted First Nations people, fur traders, loggers, miners, European settlers and tourists. Thanks to the area’s bountiful plant and wildlife, coupled with its unique geology, it was a vital hub of activity and innovation.


This traveling interactive exhibition will allow you to discover this spectacular territory’s biodiversity and its history. This exhibition is the result of a heritage development project sponsored amongst others by the Conférence régionale des élus de l’Outaouais. It is also part of the activities marking the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage up the Ottawa River.

John Elliott Woolford (1778-1866).
Chats Falls on Ottawa River. 1821.
National Gallery of Canada, 42324.80


The public is invited to consult this site regularly to be informed of upcoming dates and locations of the exhibition.




Traveling exhibition


This exhibition is made of freestanding panels which can be housed in an interior space of 10×20 feet or 15×15 feet (200 square feet). It includes seven two-sided panels in both official languages ​​and some interactive objects for children. Their design and manufacturing has been provided by Atelier Amberbrook. This company located in the municipalité de Pontiac also made the graphic presentation of the panels. Some of the wood used in their making was provided by Logs End, a Bristol business that retrives old logs from the bottom of the Ottawa River.





The public is invited to discover interactive supplements which are available through QR codes affixed on the panels of the exhibition. These QR codes are readable by using your smart phone. You can get a free app to read these codes at the following addresses:


IPhone, https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/scan-qr-code-barcode-reader/id411206394?mt=8


Android phone, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.scan.android.client


The creation of this exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the following partners:



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