The Interpretation Center

Centre d'interprétation du Chemin Kempt

The exposition


Kempt Road, the route of our pioneers

The exposition is a voyage through time, it spans 350 years of history of this trail and this road (155.5 km) that was the first  land link between the Gaspé and the north of New Brunswick. Divided in a way to take various trails, visitors can experience this rich heritage and appreciate the documents, images and objects collected over many years by the volunteers of the Héritage Chemin Kempt group.

The exposition is located in the former St John United Church that was built in 1953 and closed for worship in 1995. It opened as the Kempt Road Interpretation Center in 2000. It is situated on an exceptional site at the intersection of Kempt Road and Route 132.

There is also a large collection of pictures, maps, historical documents and artefacts located in the basement. Notably there are old world maps used in the village school that was expropriated in St-Fidèle-de-Ristigouche, and objects from the original church that was built in 1861, including marriage, death and birth certificates of the English pioneer families of Ristigouche from 1830 to 1925.

The «Les Artisans du Kempt» boutique is the pride of local artisans. It has a variety of objects and reference books.

You can rent an audio guide for a few dollars. Information is bilingual and it is open during the summer season.

Admission is free.