A little history…
The Village Québécois d’Antan was created in 1977 by historian Claude Verrier at the request of the Drummond County Chamber of Commerce. The objectives of the corporation were to recreate a Québécois village and its surroundings, over a century-long period (19th to 20th century) and showcase everything that made up this heritage (habits and customs, trades, professions, folklore, clothing, means of transportation, methods of cultivation, food, etc.).
The Village now offers activities through four seasons, with the Village in Summer (in the summer), the Haunted Village (Halloween), the Desjardins Village in Lights (Holiday season) and the Sweet Village (sugar shack).
The mission of the Village Québécois d’Antan is to operate a lively recreational theme park focusing on the history of Québec and offering diverse programming through four seasons.
The Village Québécois d’Antan will become a must-see historic site in the tourist and cultural landscape of Québec. People will hear about the site and will want to visit it to learn and have fun.
The site of the Village Québécois d’Antan has 70 buildings representing Québec from the years 1810-1930, including :
- 25 period houses
- 27 period sheds, barns or garages
- 9 reconstructed main buildings
- 9 reconstructed sheds, barns or garages
- 2 modern buildings at the La Bassine Water Play Park
Honours and awards
- Prix Jean-Claude Milot granted by Hôtel & Suites Le Dauphin for the significant contribution to the development of tourism in the region
- Prix Napoléon – “Event and Tourism” category, highlighting the strong growth, innovations and significant regional influence of the Haunted Village
- REGIONAL WINNER in the “Tourist Attractions with More Than 100,000 Visitors” category at the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois for Centre-du-Québec
- NATIONAL SILVER MEDAL WINNER in the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in the “Tourist Attractions With more Than 100,000 Visitors” category
- NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL WINNER in the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in the “Tourist Attractions With more Than 100,000 Visitors” category
Members of the board of directors
Mr Jean-Mathieu Sigouin
Mme Dany Bouchard
Mme Viviana Magazzu
Vice-president and secretary
Mme Mélanie Ayotte
Mme Geneviève Béliveau
Mme Erika English
M. Yannick Gamelin
Mr Jean Charest
Mme Nancy Martel
Mr Jean-Philippe Côté