The town of Saint-Ici, comté d'Ailleurs is a 2000 sq. ft. scale model that faithfully reproduces, in the tiniest detail, the everyday way of life in rural Québec, in pre-electricity and automobile times. Its objective is to tell the story of its people - their small communities, skills, and daily life – the roots of modern day Québec.
The town of Saint-Ici stems from the memories, imagination, and research of its creator, Pierre Minville, who built this village over the better part of a decade.
The inspiration behind this enterprise is the love Pierre Minville has always had for Québec and its most significant sources of wealth : the people, the history and the culture of the Québécois.
The tour of Saint-Ici is a narration that awakens the imagination and can be categorized equally as entertainment and education, relating the story of Québec in the most visual manner possible. It will spark the curiosity of a younger audience as well as the memories and the emotions of the elderly.
Located in the heart of Oka in the Lower Laurentians, 40 minutes away from Montréal, Saint-Ici provides an enriching and fascinating cultural and touristic activity that can be enjoyed indivually, with your family, or as part of a group.
The series of anecdotes will guide you through the daily life of its residents in a manner which history books rarely mention. Walk through the streets of this fictional town that is yet so real and so Québécois and get lost among its roots – our roots.
Saint-Ici shows an aspect of the history of Québec that begs to be told. After all, the history of Québec is, first and foremost, a story.