Permanent exhibition

The History of Skiing in the Laurentians: Living in winter, with winter, for winter

The introduction of skiing in the Laurentian region, first as a means of locomotion on the snow, then as a sport of participation and competition, has contributed to and still contributes to the social, economic, tourist and even cultural development of the Laurentian territory. From a forest and agricultural region, skiing has made the « Pays-d’en-Haut »  a paradise for winter sports and is considered the birthplace of skiing in Canada. The permanent exhibition of the Laurentian Ski Museum proposes to present the principal stages in the history of skiing in the Laurentians in order to better understand how man lived in winter, with winter and for winter .

By Michel Allard, historien-conseil, Musée du ski des Laurentides

Exhibition areas

Zone 1

The origins of skiing

Since time immemorial, the inhabitants of the Nordic countries have found ways to move on the snow. The word “ski” comes from the Scandinavian languages.
In Norwegian, it means “piece of wood”. In Canada, it was in the nineteenth century that Norwegians brought in their luggage the three-meter-long skis that would soon come to compete with the Amerindian snowshoes.

Musée du ski - Zone 1

The story of the Pays-d’en-haut

Zone 2

Early days of skiing in the Laurentians

Musée du ski - Zone 2

Zone 3

A new invention

Musée du ski - Zone 3-2

Zone 4

A sport for the masses

Musée du ski - Zone 4

Skiing becomes diversified

Musée du ski - Zone 3-3

Zone 5

Hall of Fame

Permanent Exhibition team

Project management
Pierre Urquhart

Research, concept & writing
Denis Chabot

Research, concept, writing & historical consulting
Michel Allard

Coordination exhibition, Curator of the collection & conservation
Marie-Eve Auclair

Assistance coordination, research, writing & exhibition
Sylvie Lebeau

Exhibition and graphic design, museology consulting
Line Villeneuve

Conception and manufacture of displays and mounting of artifacts
Communications Touch and go
Xpression Num.Eric

Conception and manufacture of displays and mounting of artifacts
Cartgo Services muséologiques

Video creation and production
Richard Duquette, Forge Films


French revision
Hélène Joly

Owen Hugues