The Mille Îles River has meant many different things to people over the years. A natural environment, and then a water highway before the Europeans arrived, and then farmers gradually settled along both shores. Starting in 1875, waves of young affluent Anglophones came, arriving at the Sainte-Rose train station. Fun on and in the water, music, and dancing gradually attracted more and more day-trippers and holidayers. They came by the thousands, seeking relaxation and recreation in an age when the industry was flourishing. Cottages sprang up like mushrooms, giving people the urge to live near the river year-round. Bedroom communities appeared, with their bridges and highways. The river suffered as a result, as ecosystems were damaged and bathers fled the beaches. But then a slow change in how we perceive the environment began to emerge.  Éco-Nature took various conservation and clean-up initiatives, conducted scientific research, bought and fixed up islands, and supported municipalities in their efforts to protect the river. The organization attracted partners to help bring the river back to health and spark citizens’ interest.

That’s the theme of this unique exhibition that reveals the many charms of this wonderful river, which deserves to be better known. It takes a dynamic, informative and sensitive approach, employing new museology concepts.

Explore the world of the Mille Îles River and gain a new understanding of the environmental issues facing it. More than an exhibition, this is a collective realization of what we can all do to protect this important habitat.

Museum admission fee

As of June 5, admission to the museum will be FREE for unguided visite for the entire 2021 summer season.

Guided tour :
Regular: $15
0 to 17 years: Free
Seniors and students: 15% off the regular price