QC ~ Fort Chambly : Historic Sites to Visit
Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu Rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts. The Richelieu River flows from Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence River, and was a key trade route. Situated between New England and New France, the fort was in a strategic location, guarding the French from English and Iroquian enemies.
From its original wooden fort, which was built in 1665 by the soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, to the exit of British troops in the mid-19th century, every corner of the site echoes military life.