In 1864, three American entrepreneurs established the first black powder plant in Quebec, at Windsor Mills, on the banks of the Watopeka River. The plant operated until a violent explosion forced its closure in 1922. Today, La Poudrière de Windsor has a new vocation as an interpretive centre for black powder, focusing on the history of the site, and on the manufacturing process and the work of employees. Unique in the country, La Poudrière combines tourism with history, nature, and cultural activities.
a) Atelier de Menuiserie (Old Carpenter's Workshop) (c.1890). Main exhibition spaces. Reception. Boutique.
b) Le Magasin (The Store). Industrial artifacts.
c) Cafe/Terrace , with panoramic view.
d) Watopeka Park. 6.5 km of wooded walking trails allow visitors to explore "the Powder Route" along the Watopeka River, with its archaeological sites (and reconstructions) and interpretive plaques, and to better appreciate the bio-diversity of the park.
e) Bicycle path. Picnic grounds and games area.
Remains of 56 buildings of the Hamilton Powder Company. Artifacts pertaining to the black powder industry. Industrial objects.
Guided tours. Become an employee for a day of the oldest black powder factory in Quebec! Permanent exhibition (Ça va faire Boum!) on black powder industry and the different uses of black powder. Video on black powder. Consult our website for a list of other activities and programmes, including temporary exhibitions.
Wednesday-Sunday, 1 to 5:00 p.m.
June 24-Labour Day:
Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours all day.
General admission: $7.00. Seniors: $6.00. Children: $4.00. Family: $17.00.
Trail access only: $4.00.
Fees include a visit to the Centre, as well as access to the trail system.
Seniors (55 years and up): $20.00;
Free entry for members.
342 Saint-Georges, Windsor, QC, J1S 2Z5.