The village of Grandes-Piles is a natural choice to reminisce the history of the lumber industry in the Mauricie region, as this village was the center point of the region’s forest economy.

In 1978, after much work and perseverance from its founders Mr. Viateur Perreault and Mrs. Huguette Frigon, the museum was  brought to life in the barn that once belonged to “the King of the Mauricie region’’ Mr. Jean J. Crête. From a permanent exhibit, the Museum took an important step forward, four years later (1982) by becoming the lumber campsite that we now know. The acquisition of the surrounding grounds, a gift from the Consolidated Bathurst, permitted the expansion of the site and the addition of the buildings, built as were the lumberjacks and the raftsmen’s quarters.

From yesterday to today…

Today…..the white pines have almost disappeared from the region….as the timberjacks and wood harvesters have replaced the axes, the bucksaws and the one and two man cross cut saws….Road transportation has replaced wood floating, the dams and the lumber landings. The St-Maurice River is now dedicated to the recreational industry. The riverside residents can now admire sailboats, houseboats and motor boats. The tourist population now enjoys rural sightseeing while strolling alongside the river and choosing Grandes-Piles as their main destination.

The best way to relive the village’s past history is to drop in the Musée du bûcheron.


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