The Nation Municipality is a predominantly Francophone community. A Franco-Ontarian stronghold that represents approximately 68% of the total population. This Francophone cultural heritage is clearly visible throughout the community.
The Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) is the go-to organization that represents arts and culture in The Nation and the Prescott-Russell region. Find art in all its forms of expression made by local people.
The Prescott Russell Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission consists in:
Popsilos, a most original idea that exhibits urban art in the countryside, was born during Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. Discover these giant paintings on silos across The Nation and in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.
Popsilos is artwork on silos.
The Popsilos project combines art and agrifood tourism in a circuit that leads to five giant murals celebrating Canada’s 150th on farm silos in the Prescott-Russell countryside, interlacing small producers where visitors can discover local produce and products.
Got a few hours? Take a countryside road trip that will put you on a sensory journey through Prescott-Russell. Be in awe of the giant artworks painted on farm silos. See the glowing fields. Smell the heat burning the long grass. Knock on a few producers’ doors to taste the counties.
“Hey Cow, I see you now” is an exhibition of life-size fiberglass cows painted by artists from Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa-Gatineau region, installed in front of farms, businesses and organizations in the St. Albert area.
The public is invited to visit the exhibition by following a 30km circuit available on the St-Albert Curd Festival’s website. The enthusiastic response from the public last year led the Festival organizers to add, in 2021, new works of art to the landscape of St-Albert and the surrounding area.
On the St-Albert Curd Festival’s website, the public can find a photo gallery of all the cows present in the area with the list of artists who have contributed to the project. In addition, a circuit on an interactive map allowing people to see all the locations of the cows is available on the site as well as a route with “Google Maps” which they can use in GPS mode to navigate the route.
Despite the population, the region is full of talent. We highlight their perseverance and achievement.
Among the artists from The Nation area :
The historical importance of the Catholic religion has shaped the history and mores of our communities. All communities and villages in the area have their own church. The St-Bernard Church in Fournier is distinguished by its paintings and architecture. Take the opportunity to make a detour and take a look.
The former Village Gagnon was very active in the late 1800s with the cutting of large pine trees that were sawn and sent by train to Montreal to be shipped to England for use in boat building. In 2002, a group of volunteers from the former Village Gagnon met and decided to revive this site.
The public can reserve the park and the infrastructures for social or family gatherings. For reservations, please call us at 613-524-2529.
The Parc Gagnon historic house can also accommodate visitors. Just make an appointment. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A local natural disaster. Discover Lemieux’s cemetery and what remains of the village following the landslide of 1993. The only village in Ontario that ceased to exist for geological, not economic reasons.
Discover this mural that represents the 100 years of history of St-Isidore and the people who shaped it.
Caledonia Springs, a small community near Alfred in Eastern Ontario, was the most important spa resort in Canada at the end of the 19th century. It was the glorious days of hydrotherapy when Caledonia Springs was still a must-see for many wealthy Canadians and Americans. And yet, very few people know its history and today, only a few vestiges of that past remain.
Are you a beer lover? Discover the history of hop cultivation in The Nation at the beginning of the 20th century. There are still today, along the Ridge in Fournier, some hop dryer buildings.https://thereview.ca/2021/07/13/hop-houses-on-ridge-road-county-road-10-part-1-the-rise-and-decline-of-hops/
The Nation Municipality, under the leadership of Councilor Tim Stewart, is working to set up a heritage committee made up of members of the community. Are you a history buff with the local cultural identity tattooed on your heart? Let us know, we need you.Send us an email!