Culture & Heritage

Arts and Culture

La Petite-Nation La Lièvre is a region where the cultural milieu is dynamic, involved, diversified, and innovative! Culture is embodied in a variety of disciplines, including performing arts, street and circus arts, visual arts, fine arts and handicrafts, audiovisual and multimedia, and heritage. Collaborators of the cultural community are active in animation, diffusion, creation, research, production, event management, professional services, and training.

There are 8 cultural tours, such as municipal heritage and artistic tours, which provide a better understanding of the region and its founders.

More than 40 works of public art can be enjoyed throughout the territory including: the Guy Lafleur bronze (Thurso) as well as pieces produced during the Art in situ Symposium (Saint-André-Avellin, Namur, and Duhamel).

The event calendar is very diversified! There are 33 cultural events that offer the population and visitors shows, demonstrations, and a multitude of activities.

In terms of important artistic and heritage attractions, the region has much to offer: The Papineau RCM Business Centre.


History and Heritage

The inventory of the built heritage identifies over 600 elements of interest. La Petite-Nation La Lièvre has 9 sites and 24 buildings cited under the Cultural Heritage Act. There are 2 buildings located in Montebello that have been classified as historical by the Québec government: Le Manoir Louis-Joseph Papineau and the Funeral Chapel of Papineau. The Papineau territory is rich in agricultural and religious heritage where we can still appreciate a few wooden silos and discover nearly 70 wayside crosses and calvaries, as well as 34 cemeteries and 31 places of worship.

The mission of the Centre d'interprétation du patrimoine de Plaisance is to promote the natural and historical heritage of the Papineau RCM.