April 30, 2014 — Close to 300 hundred years of history are showcased within Cité Historia, an exceptional heritage site at the Parc-Nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation in the north end of the island of Montréal. Here, activities abound for all ages.
Among Cité’s attractions is the Millers’ House, located at the site’s entrance, which is home to a permanent exhibit explaining the area’s operations in the past.
Meanwhile, the Press House, built around 1806, had formerly sheltered two apple presses, after which it was transformed, first into two separate homes in 1840, and then into its current function as a heritage property.
Kids, in particular, will enjoy the site’s revival of the 1920s streetcar, reborn in the form of an environmentally-friendly electric train. Onboard tours last 30 minutes and are led by a knowledgeable guide.
Known as one of the best places in town to have a meal and drink, the onsite Bistro des Moulins has a great terrace that overhangs the Rivière des Prairies waterfalls. It offers various menus as well as a catering service for special events.
Cité Historia received the 2013 Award of Excellence from the Montréal Architectural Heritage Operation campaign, and, in 2014, the site received a Québec Tourism Grand Prize for its free mobile application, Destination Sault.