March 5, 2021

New at Forges-du-Saint-Maurice – L’

The Parks Canada Agency has announced that a new immersive experience will be offered to visitors in 2021 in the blast furnace building of the Forges-du-Saint-Maurice national historic site, the 1600 ° C project: the test by fire. An immersive and interactive experience is added to the visitors’ menu, allowing them to experience the stages in the production of cast iron.

This novelty is the result of a collaboration between the company Thinkwell Studio Montreal and Parks Canada. This is the culmination of more than three years of joint work. It is part of the testing component of Innovative Solutions Canada and represents a total value of nearly $ 430,000.

“Creating new and innovative programs and services enables more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience and learn about the rich history of our heritage places,” said testified François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“The immersive experience of the Forges-du-Saint-Maurice national historic site shows that technology and museology can come together to recreate atmospheres, bring to life certain little-known aspects of history and thus give a future to the past . “

The 1600 ° C project: the test by fire marks the first step in a series of actions aimed at improving the experience offered on the site. The experience is designed as a game where six to-do items put visitors at the heart of the action. Motion sensors will allow people to activate characters on the screen. These characters will react by mirror effect with the movements of the participants. The objective of the game is to complete the actions necessary for the different stages of work in the blast furnace in order to contribute to the success of the casting.