More than a museum
More than a museum, La Pulperie de Chicoutimi is a vast interactive cultural and tourism centre dedicated to preserving and promoting the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean’s patrimony and to the furthering of arts and history. La Pulperie is an exceptional historical site located in the midst of the city, surrounded by a huge park, and lodged within the old mill of the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi. It features the history of the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi and highlights the significant part this company played in the development of the city and the region at the beginning of the last century.
Temporary exhibitions allow visitors to access an impressive number of diverse activities and discoveries throughout the year.
The permanent exhibitions on art and ethnology are equipped with the latest presentation techniques to offer visitors a dynamic experience!
In 1896, the founders of The Chicoutimi Pulp Company laid the first stone of what would quickly become a great empire. More than a century later, their investment made way for another great project: LA PULPERIE DE CHICOUTIMI / REGIONAL MUSEUM.
Constant Rise 1910
In 1910, after only 12 years of activity, the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi raised to the forefront of Canadian pulp producers; three quarters of its clients were among the largest English producers of paper. The First World War and strikes in the Scandinavian mills contributed to an increase in demand, which is why, in 1912, they undertook the construction of a third mill adjacent to the first.
In 1912, they built the third mill, and, in 1919, they expanded the building built in 1903. At the beginning of the 1920s, the company employed 2 000 men from a total population of 8 000 people. In 1921, the Compagnie de pulpe built an imposing mechanical repair workshop, and it is in this building that we find the regional museum today.
The Decline 1921
Starting in 1921, business spiralled. The economic situation was no longer the same: prices began to plummet. With all its expansion projects, the company went into debt. In 1923, the soul leader of the company, Julien-Édouard-Alfred Dubuc, resigned. In March 1924, the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi liquidated all its assets. In 1930, despite significant reorganization, the decrease in orders and price brought permanent closure to the mills.
At the end of the 70s, the old buildings were saved from the axe of demolition contractors. They have gradually been restored and now contribute to the tourist and cultural calling of the area.
Threatened by torrents 1996
In 1896, the volume and water-flow of the Chicoutimi River encouraged the directors of the Compagnie de pulpe to build their factory on the river banks in order to benefit from its driving force. A century later, heavy rains have overflowed the river, causing it to rush over a significant part of the Pulperie. Its flow was 11 times higher than normal.
In its unchained course, the water destroyed hundred-year-old stone walls, landscaped facilities as well as service and performance grounds. Within just a few hours, several years of restoration work on the Pulperie de Chicoutimi site was ruined.
In June 2002, the Pulperie de Chicoutimi reopened its doors.
Plan your visit
Free Parking. Bring your picnic!
Since summer 2002, following major renovations, La Pulperie de Chicoutimi opens its doors to the public and offers artistic and ethnologic displays on the history of the locals inhabitants, a brand new regional museum, an educative and cultural activity programme as well as a renovated interpretive tour. As you stroll on the walking paths and interpretive trails or visit the museum and displays, you will understand why this site has become one of the major features of the regional tourism industry. As you visit our museum you will understand why La Pulperie de Chicoutimi is “A museum unlike any other”! Since access to the park is free, why not come for a picnic, a hike along the river or simply to let the children enjoy the slide similar to the ones used for transporting wood. In building 1921, one finds a gift shop selling souvenirs, local products as well as handicrafts made in the region. Come for a picnic and spend the day with us! You’ll experience 100 years of history in a single day!
Admission fees (taxes included)
|Student (18+) (with valid student card)||$10.50|
|Family (2 adults and 2 children 5-17)||$36.00|
|Family (2 adults and 1 child 5-17)||$31.00|
|Family (additional child)||-50%|
Cruise passengers (with boarding pass) $12.00
Entrance fees give access to all exhibits. Free access on the site of La Pulperie, the pedestrian paths and the circuit of interpretation. Special group rates. Prices are subject to change without notice, as per La Pulperie management policy.
La Pulperie will be open to the public again from Wednesday February 10, 2021!
High season :
June 12 to September 7, 2020
Every day, 9 AM to 6 PM : Open visits of the Museum (last admission, 5 PM).
Off season :
September 8, 2020 to June 15, 2021
Wednesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM : Museum visits only.
Open on Easter Monday, Victoria Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Closed on December 24, 25, 31 2020 and January 1, 2021
*The Museum is open for groups year round, by reservation*.