Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site

40, boulevard Perron Ouest

C.P. 359
Pointe-à-la-Croix (Quebec) Canada
G0C 1L0
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Following the capture of Québec in 1760, France dispatched a fleet to rescue its North American colony. On July 8, in Chaleur Bay in Gaspésie, the last naval battle between the French and English took place, sealing the fate of New France. Today, an interpretation centre built in front of the battle site exhibits the vestiges of an 18th-century French frigate recovered during underwater archeological excavations. Many original objects are on display in a setting that recreates life aboard a ship. All aboard!

Opening dates

June 17 to September 4, 2023


Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


$4.25/adult, $3.75/senior, free for children (under 18), $3.75/person in a commercial group, additional charges for guided tours

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Activities available

Admire the remains of the wreck of the Machault, which rested underwater for over 200 years. Enter the tween-deck area and council room for a glimpse into life on board. What precious cargo did it carry, destined for New France? It’s still a mystery...
Interpretation Sites
The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site commemorates the last naval battle between France and England for possession of the North American continent, an event that sealed the fate of New France forever after.
Maritime Heritage
The wreck of the Machault, a 26-gun sailing ship charged with protecting French merchant ships from attack by the British, rested underwater for over 200 years. You can now admire the remains of this wreck at this national historic site.


  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Free parking
  • Guide services

How to get there

Take Route 132. The site is 3 km (2 mi.) west of the Pointe-à-la-Croix intersection.

Affiliations and distinctions


  • Parks Canada network
  • Tourisme Gaspésie

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