Carillon lies on the Quebec site of the Ottawa River and is about 20 km east of Hawkesbury, Ontario. Carillon is located in the Argenteuil Regional County Municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec.

This town was the site of the Battle of the Long Sault in 1660, when 17 men saved New France from an Indian invasion. In 1833, British Army Engineers built the first Carillon Canal to make the Ottawa River Navigable between Montreal and Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.

Carillon History

Before European settlement, the region was inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Algonquin. The Ottawa River, which flows through the area, played a significant role in transportation and trade.

In the 1600s, French explorers including Samuel de Champlain explored the Ottawa River and the surrounding areas. They built the fur trade with the First Nations and established several  trading posts along the river.

The French established Fort Carillon in the mid-1700s as a military outpost to protect access to the western territories and to control the fur trade. The fort played a role in the French and Indian War (part of the global Seven Years’ War) and was the site of the Battle of Carillon in 1758, a significant engagement between British and French forces.

After the British conquest of New France in 1763, the region became part of British North America. Carillon continued to be important for both the fur trade and agriculture as more Europeans settlers came to the area.

Throughout the 1800s, the area experienced economic development as logging and lumber milling becoming important. After the War of 1812 with the United States, the Ottawa Valley became a lot more settled as British soldiers chose to live in Canada rqather than return to England. The construction of the Carillon Canal in 1833 century aimed to improve navigation on the Ottawa River and facilitate the transport of goods. This canal also helped connect to the newly-built 100 kilometere (125 mile) Rideau Canal to connect the St Lawrence to Lake Ontario away from view of American forts along the St Lawrence.

In the 1900s, Carillon  grew into a quiet rural community with a focus on agriculture and tourism. The Carillon Historical Park, located near the former fort site, preserves the history of the area and the significance of the fort during the colonial period. The remnants of Fort Carillon and the Carillon Canal serve as reminders of the region’s rich history and contributions to the region’s development.

Carillon Attractions

Carillon Canal

This is the highest conventional lock in Canada, bypassing the 654,500 kilowatt Carillon power project. There is a plaque at the entry lock, still intact, detailing the history of the canal.

Carillon Ferry

Highway 40

This ferry connects the community of Pointe Fortune with Carillon and operates April to November

Argenteuil County Historical Museum (Musee Regional d’Argenteuil

50 rue Principale, at the Carillon Ferry

The museum is in a four-storey stone barracks built 1834-1837 to house soldiers guarding the first Carillon Canal. The barracks housed 108 menu during the Rebellion of 1837, and today contain exhibits showcasing the rich history and heritage of the area.

Carillon Barracks

44 route du Long-Sault, Carillon, Quebec, Canada

The Carillon Barracks are closely associated with the history of defence and transportation in Lower Canada. Constructed for Charles John Forbes, a retired Commissioner of the British Army, the building was used as a troop quarters during the building of the Carillon Canal and the Rebellion of 1837, and later as a residence and hotel.

Carillon Generating Station

240 Rue du Barrage, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, QC J0V 1X0
1 800 365-5229

A power plant in an enchanting setting. A great family outing! Built near Long-Sault, site of the historic battle between Dollard des Ormeaux’s men and the Iroquois, Carillon is the most powerful hydroelectric generating station on the Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River).  Be impressed by the sheer size of the facilities, in a spectacular setting as you visit the lock and watch boats go right through the dam! Open Wed-Sun from May 20 to August 25, 2019. Tours in French: 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m, and in English upon request. Tour takes 90 minutes, and is free. Flat, closed shoes are mandatory. Visitors over age 18 must present official ID.

Voyageur Provincial Park

1313 Front Rd, Chute-à-Blondeau, ON K0B 1B0
(613) 674-2825

Voyageur Provincial Park is a provincial park located in eastern Ontario, Canada, opposite the once furious Long Sault rapids of the Ottawa River around which voyageurs portaged on their way upstream. Established in 1966, the park was formerly known as Carillon Provincial Park. Wikipedia

Carillon Quebec Area Map