Heritage circuit concerning the history
of the old industrial village of North Nation Mills

Situated along the Petite-Nation River, 5 km north of Plaisance, the site of North-Nation Mills occupies a landscape both wild and pastoral. It is easily reached from highway 148, bordering the Ottawa River, by travelling north on Malo Range to Papineau Road or by taking exit 197 on highway 50.

A few important dates

Joseph Papineau, new lord of La Petite-Nation, acquires the site.

Construction of the first sawmill
and flour mill.

Joseph Papineau sells the Seigneury to his son Louis-Joseph.

Alanson Cooke buys “La Réserve du Moulin”.

Cooke transfers ownership of the property to Allan Gilmour who undertakes the reconstruction of several buildings.

Ownership of the site is transferred to the John A. Cameron Company.

Opening of the post office.

W.C. Edwards and Company acquires the Cameron properties in La Petite-Nation.

Dismantling of the sawmill.

The site is sold to the Gatineau Power Corporation.

The village of North-Nation Mills is dismantled.



Stones forming a rectangle before you were part of the foundations of a section of the stable buildings in 19th century North Nation Mills. At the end of the foundation, you will also notice the remains of a well dug at that time. From 1983 to 1987 the municipality of Plaisance and Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications undertook archaeological digs on the site of Plaisance Falls. Thousands of artifacts were found as well as the location of the different buildings making up this old workers’ village.

Heritage Circuit

For nearly three decades, Patrimoine et Chutes de Plaisance (Corporation North Nation Mills inc.), a not-for-profit organization, will have managed the historic, recreational and tourism site at Plaisance Falls. Shortly, the site will become an extension of the Parc national de Plaisance who will assume full responsibility for its management.

Along with our partners and sponsors, we are pleased to pass on to the new management this inspiring venue, a heritage circuit comprised of interpretive panels recalling, in their own fashion, the history of the industrial village of North Nation Mills which stood here for a century. We thank the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs for allowing us to carry out this project.

The heritage circuit at Plaisance Falls offers the opportunity to add a historical dimension to your visit of this majestic site. We wish all visitors a moment of quiet and rewarding relaxation.

Board of directors of the Corporation 
North Nation Mills inc. 2019 
  • Claire Leblanc, President
  • Daniel Cloutier, vice president
  • Lise Major Fortier, secretary-treasurer
  • Luc Fortier, Director
  • Luc Galarneau, Director
  • Maurice Deschênes, Director
  • Lorraine Parisien, Director
  • Pierre Bernier, managing director

Project design : Pierre Bernier
Implementation : Pierre Bernier and
Lysandre Groulx
Graphic design : jldesign.ca
Production : Imprimerie Papineauville
Installation : The Municipality of Plaisance

© 2019, Patrimoine et Chutes de Plaisance

We thank our partners and sponsors
for their help in completing this project.
Sources of the texts

Lavoie,Lucien. Histoire de Plaisance et de North Nation Mills de 1801 à 1985. Buckingham, 1985.

Burroughs, André. North Nation Mills: Expertise archéologique (Été 1986) rapport final. Outremont, 1987.

Whitelock, Linda, and Leclerc, Louise. Recherche ethno historique et de potentiel archéologique du site North Nation Mills. Hull, 1984.

Corporation « North Nation Mills Inc. », and Centre d’interprétation de Plaisance. North Nation Mills— survol d’un village.

Rapport d’interventions archéologique du site de North Nation Mills dans la municipalité de Plaisance (BjFs-3). Laroche,Daniel comp. Québec, 1985.

ParCOURS d’EAU – Récits des vallées de la Petite-Nation et de la Lièvre « La naissance des villages de la Petite-Nation » in Virtual Museum of Canada
(http://www.museevirtuel.ca/). Centre d’interprétation de Plaisance.

Centre d’interprétation de Plaisance. Plaisance, les trois villages. Cahier de réalisation préliminaire de l’exposition permanente. Idéation Communications, 1994. 

Ruth Proudfoot fund
(Photo of the cheese and butter factory)