Patrimoine et Chutes de Plaisance (Plaisance Heritage and Falls) is the commercial name used

by Corporation North Nation Mills Inc. We are a non-profit organization founded in 1990.


Plaisance Falls. We manage the site displaying the most impressive natural falls in the area with a drop of 63 metres. This recreational tourist site offers a historical building recalling the past glory of the first industrial village in the area (North Nation Mills), now disappeared, a walking trail from the top to the bottom of the falls, a lookout, rest areas and picnic tables.

What We Do




PRESIDENT: Luc Galarneau

Luc Galarneau has been a councillor for the municipality of Plaisance since 2009. He holds a teaching degree in history and geography from the University of Montreal and has taught for twenty-five years at Louis-Joseph-Papineau Secondary School in Papineauville. He is an avid devotee of European medieval history as well as the local history of La Petite-Nation.



Trained as an electrician, Daniel Cloutier worked for 14 years mostly as a union representative for electricians in the Outaouais. Afterwards, he became provincial manager in Montréal for 10 years. He served on several Boards of Directors including Emploi Québec, Le Chantier in Laval, the Fonds de Solidarité Outaouais. He has acted as a referee at the Employment Insurance Board of referees. He is now retired.


secretary-treasurer: lise major

I have been on the labour market since 1972 in the Field of administration at the Commission scolaire Au Coeur des Vallées, in a childcare centre and in a financial institution. In 2000, I joigned the Comité régional troisième âge Papineau as an Administrative Assistant for 3 years and as General Director for 16 years. Since June 2019, I am back to my first professional choices, administration and accounting as a semi-retired.



Claire Leblanc has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of culture and built heritage. Her studies in notarial Law led to a management career in the Department of Justice. Awards: Prix Patrimoine Québec Ministry of Culture and Vommunications—Culturiades 2005; Prix Mérite – Volet Communauté 2009 by the Association québécoise des interprètes du patrimoine (AQUIP); the 2013 Medal of Acknowledgement of Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie. Through her dedication and perseverance, Claire has managed to have many elements of our heritage recognized and preserved.



Luc Fortier is all at once guide, interpreter and collections manager for the organization. Considering he has carried out these functions full-time, but on a seasonal basis, since 2004 he has supervised tens of summer students. Over the course of his career, he has acquired two years of experience in building maintenance; 15 years of experience as a bicycle mechanic: 10 years as a cabinetmaker; and 18 years as an ambulance technician. He was also a first aid and CPR instructor for the St. John’s Ambulance in Gatineau.



DIRECTOR: Maurice Deschênes

Trained as a teacher, essentially in history at the high school level, but also in many subject areas. Self trained in computer science and an instructor in that field. Supervisor of internships in education for six years. For six years, director of a computer summer school under the auspices of UQAC. Recipient of a Microsoft prize from AQUOPS in 1991. Genealogy consultant for Centre de généalogie de la Petite-Nation. Responsible for several websites. Owner of a computing business. Instructor in several areas. History is his principal area of focus. In collaboration with Claire Leblanc, has developed a heritage circuit of Plaisance. Contributor, for Plaisance, to the heritage circuit of villages from Fassett to Thurso. Serves on the Board of Directors of Corporation North Nation Mills inc.



Pierre Bernier benefits from 40 years of experience in cultural organization and communication management in the Outaouais. His service record on the cultural scene has garnered him recognition and awards of excellence at the Gala des Culturiades. He served as mayor of the municipality of Montpellier, communications advisor in the Office of the Chief of the Opposition as well as in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. For 10 years he headed Écrits des Hautes-Terres,

a publishing house.



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The Department of Canadian Heritage subsidized the English translation of this website and the documents herein.