www.ristigouchesudest.ca)" title="Interpretation centre. (Photo - www.ristigouchesudest.ca)" />The Kempt Road Interpretation Centre is housed in the former St. John United Church located at the intersection of Highway 132 and Kempt Road in Matapedia. Closed for worship in 1995, the church was given to the Municipality of Restigouche South East and to the Conseil régional de concertation et de développement in 1997.
The church reopened its doors as the Kempt Road Interpretation Centre in 2000. This centre chronicles the construction of Kempt Road (Chemin Kempt), which was hugely important since no other road linked Chaleur Bay and the Maritime provinces to the rest of Canada. It exhibits a collection of antiques including dishes, tools, photographs and documents that tell the story of the construction of Kempt Road. There is also an exhibit of local art and crafts.
The Protestant church was built in 1953 and still houses objects from the original church built in 1861. The church pews, the altar and the wood stove remain in the church and are part of the Interpretation Centre's collection. From the parking lot, two hiking trails bring you closer to nature. The Chutes à Norman trail follows a ravine then passes over the stream with its small wooden bridges. The bird-watching trail goes through flowery fields and undergrowth. The picnic area offers a view of the Kempt River.
www.ristigouchesudest.ca)" title="Interior view. (Photo - www.ristigouchesudest.ca)" />The Interpretation Centre features old and authentic archives: manuscripts, maps, photographs and other historic documents. Among these documents are marriage, death and birth certificates of the region's first English families from 1830 to 1925. You will also find an art gallery, a handicraft shop with artworks made by local painters and artisans as well as a collection of antique objects and furniture.
Guided tours available in French and English.
June 24 to September 3, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
35 Kempt Road, Matapedia, Quebec.