Experience the history of the ice canoe and the rhythm of the "traverseux", in a place that pays tribute to this practice that is part of Québec’s intangible heritage.
The practice of ice canoeing is inseparable from the history of Isle-aux-Coudres. First used as a means of transportation, the ice canoe saw its utilitarian vocation transformed into a competitive sport. This evolution, as well as that of the boats and equipment, is told to you by one of the brave "traverseux". This expression, which is typical from L’Isle-aux-Coudres, refers to those who crossed the ice by canoe, often while participating in a particularly treacherous race!
Anie Harvey, daughter of a captain, wife of a canoeist, child of L’Isle-aux-Coudres and involved for 30 years in the organization of the traditional canoe race La Grande Traversée, is at the helm of this fine establishment, assisted by an equally fine crew.
Housed in the former Musée des voitures d'eau, this Heritage SPACE is designed to help you live at the pace of these valiant "traverseux". Canoes, gigantic photos, pieces of equipment, videos, touch screens, testimonials and other interpretation elements allow you to explore the amazing history of the ice canoe.
Open year-round, the site offers a host of activities: canoe trips in both summer and winter followed by a lunch featuring pâté croche, a typical island dish that is inseparable from the history of the ice canoe; a restaurant-bistro; a boutique; a stage for presentations; a hall of fame; and a canoeist training school — all of these activities enhanced by an incredible view of the river!