On the banks of the Ashuapmushuan River
Meaning "Where you watch for the moose" in Ilnu, Ashuapmushuan has always played a major role in the lives of those who have roamed it for millennia. It was first used by Aboriginal populations to move from the Lac Saint-Jean watershed to that of James Bay and the Saint-Maurice River. Then, with the arrival of the first Europeans, it became one of the major channels of the fur route. It was through this route that the first settlers arrived at the Normandin sector in July, 1878.
A birth in collaboration
In addition to its historical importance, the Ashuapmushuan River has an exceptional natural character. This is why, in 1962, its magnificent panoramas and the roaring of the ''Grande Chute à l'Ours'' chute prompted the Normandin municipal council to take steps to develop this area into a tourist centre. At the time, winters were economically difficult for many people, including farmers. In order to remedy unemployment, a winter work incentive program was established. In 1963, the program included the development of a tourist complex on Rang I, facing the Grande Chute à l'Ours. The engineering firm Morin et Doucet was responsible for drawing up the plans and supervising the work.
On February 4, 1963, the Corporation of the Canton of Normandin leased a site on lots 12 and 13 of Rang 3 from the Ministry of Lands and Forests, and was granted a right of way on lots 10 and 11 in order to access the site. The Department approved a 10-year lease at a rate of $25, with the obligation to make improvements of $5,000 to the land for the duration of the lease. The site is now the property of the City of Normandin, who manages it.