The Gaspe has a rich military tradition. Gaspesian communities have always responded to the country's call in an outstanding way. The Chaleur Bay Military Museum is determined to honour this tradition by preserving local military history and sharing it with all its visitors. The museum's exhibits explore the military history of the region from its earliest times to the present day. The museum is designed to remember the contributions of Gaspesians in the major conflicts of the 20th century and the impact these conflicts have had on the small communities along the shores of the Gaspé coast.
This building, a former church administered by the United Church of Canada, ceased to function as a place of worship a number of years ago. It was purchased in 2002, and relocated to its present site. That summer the roof was replaced with cedar shingles, for practical purposes as well as enabling it to blend in with those of the Gaspesian British Heritage Village. The head of the Building Committee, Jim Martin, then continued, with a small army of volunteers, to restore the building to its present state.
The Military Museum possesses a varied and diverse collection of artefacts dating to the Gaspe's early militia history in the 18th and 19th centuries to collections from modern conflicts and peacekeeping operations of today. To date the museum has between 2,000 and 2,500 artefacts and is still growing.
The Military Museum is currently in the process of developing a Research Centre with a library and video library. This room will be open to the public and researchers. The museum will also undertake research requests.
War and Food: Recipes of War TimeThis Cookbook contains 50 historic recipes which were developed during the First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) in response to the food shortages and strict rationing policies implemented during the war years. It is 50 pages in length and contains numerous color reproductions of wartime rationing posters. Cost: $10.
Open 7 days per week during summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the Gaspesian British Heritage Village:
Family (children under 16 years old) $25
Seniors and Students $7
Groups (10 or more)/person $6
Group drivers & Guides FREE
351 A Perron Blvd. West
New Richmond, QC