Canada’s Forgotten Ski Center

When it opened in 1930, the Seigniory Club was the largest ski resort in Canada...and possibly in North America.

By Joseph Graham and Pierre Dumas

The historic Le Château Montebello, 50 miles east of Ottawa in the Outaouais region of western Quebec, claims to be the largest log structure in the world. That may or may not be true.  But while the architecture is impressive, the almost-forgotten ski history of the
hotel is legendary. 

Extensive research by the late Pierre Dumas, a retired engineer who won an ISHA Award for his work in identifying and cataloging every ski area and jump in the history of Quebec (Skiing History, July-August 2017), has revealed that when it opened in 1930 the Seigniory Club, as the complex was then called, was the largest ski and winter sports resort in Canada...and possibly in North America...

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