Les Forges de Montréal is the guardian of knowledge in the field of blacksmithing and artisanal steelmaking.
After spending 4 years in France as an apprentice to master blacksmiths, Mathieu Collette returned to Québec with the idea of founding Les Forges de Montréal, with the help of his father, Pierre Collette. Mathieu wanted to perpetuate this disappearing trade by creating a blacksmithing school and a place to preserve intangible heritage. Father and son completely restored and rehabilitated the old Riverside Pumping Station and in 2000, the organization was founded. The Forges de Montréal contributes to the advancement and transmission of knowledge in this field, as well as to the development of current blacksmithing arts and practices.
The Forges de Montréal will take you on a journey to the heart of the development of our modern society. Meet Matthieu, who is passionate about the forge, and will show you its importance in the heart of a village. Discover the process of creating an iron tool, why not take the opportunity to try it out yourself? Workshops are offered for those who love to try new things!
After a visit rich in learning, you will have the opportunity to spend some time in the Forge's shop. There you will find not only small practical and decorative objects, but also robust and long-lasting tools that might come in handy in any of your current or future projects.