"Nouvelle France, nouvelle vie"

Fresque d'introduction du Musée de l'Emigration française au Canada, Les Muséales de Tourouvre, CDC du Haut Perche

Men and women, alone or with their families, lumberjacks, labourers, Filles du roi (young women sent to New France under royal auspices), monks, nuns, soldiers, mariners… all arrived in the 17th century and were the first to populate Canada. They left France, mainly from the region of Perche, confronted the ocean, defied a difficult winter, cleared the land and built the first houses on the banks of the Saint-Lawrence River.

With great courage, they faced the challenges of the New World, and they succeeded. They settled in Quebec, the Coast of Beaupré, the isle of Orleans (from 1634), Montreal (from 1642).

Under the influence of the apothecary Robert Giffard and the Juchereau brothers, rich merchants from Perche, Tourouvre was one of the most active emigration centers. It was not the only one - Mortagne-au-Perche, Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais (now in the département of the Sarthe) and around thirty other parishes of the region (today situated in the département of the Orne for the most part) - were also very active.

Between 1634 and 1666, 246 inhabitants of Perche left their native land to settle in New France, on the banks of the Saint-Lawrence River. Many of them came from the parish of Tourouvre. They were among the first inhabitants to build the houses and clear the immense lands that would soon become Quebec. Thousands of emigrants from all regions of France joined them. Thus developed the country that Jacques Cartier, on his second expedition in 1535, named Canada.

The Museum of French Emigration to Canada continues the work of the Perche Emigration Museum, a meeting point and place of Franco-Canadian genealogical research set up in 1987.


Vue des Muséales de Tourouvre, CDC du Haut Perche

Visitor information

Opening Times

Opening of Easter to All Saints

In 2013, from Saturday, March 30 to Sunday, November 04

From Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 12 am to 2pm – 6pm


Admission rates for individuals


Full rate 5 €

Reduce rate 3 €


Museum of the French Emigration

Full rate 3 €

Reduce rate 2 €


Museum of Retail

Full rate 3 €

Reduce rate 2 €

Free for accompanied children under 10



How to get to Tourouvre

By train:

Closest railway station:

L'Aigle (1.15h from Paris Montparnasse, railway line : Paris-Granville)

Web site:www.voyages-sncf.com


Coaches are available from L'Aigle to Tourouvre.

Consult the timetable

Web site:



By car:

* from Paris (2 hours): exit the Nationale 12, following directions to Tourouvre via the D916.

* from Alençon (40 min): follow the Nationale 12 in the direction of Mortagne au Perche, pass Mortagne au Perche staying on the Nationale and then exit, following directions to Tourouvre.

* from Caen (2h): follow the directions to Falaise, Argentan, Sées, Mortagne and then Tourouvre.


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Les Muséales de Tourouvre

15 Rue Mondrel



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