Le Trou de la Fée

The Fairy's Hole - Grotte de Desbiens


Useful Information

Location: South of Desbiens.
Open: 11-JUN to 22-AUG daily 9-17.
23-AUG to 26-SEP daily 10-16.
[2010]
Fee: Adults CAD 14, Children (4-12) CAD 8.
Groups (20+): Adults CAD 10.60, Children (4-12) CAD 7.20.
Trail only: Adults CAD 8, Children (4-12) CAD 4.
[2010]
Classification: ExplainErosional cave in granite
Light: electric
Dimension:  
Guided tours: Cave: D=30min., L=68m.
Trail: D=60min.
V=10,000/a
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
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Address: Chemin du Trou de la Fée, 7 c Avenue, CP 50, Desbiens, Québec, GOW 1NO, Tel: +1-418-346-1242, out of season Tel: +1-418-346-5436. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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History

1920 construction of the hydro-electric power plant.
1921 cave discovered by workers of the power plant.
1939-1945 people hide in the cave to avoid the military service during the war.
1964 cave closed, start of development.
1972 opened to the public.
1979 international competition in canoeing and kayaking in front of the cave.
1997 part of the cave road destroyed by a floot, cave closed.
1999 road reopened.

Description

Take an adventure into the depths of the earth. The Trou de la Fée is a lively experience for the visitor. A pathway goes for 2km along the side of the River Métadetchouane with its rapids, waterfalls and remains of a hydro electric system. All this leads to a cave, carved out of the granite by an ice age glacier.

Beware, this the most northerly show cave on the American continent where few of the French speaking natives speak English. It is also moose country so try not to break down on the long drive north. If making a special trip, telephone ahead to make sure the cave is open.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.