Elementary school, cycle 2
The Château Ramezay invites you to an extraordinary journey into the past. Within the walls of one of the best preserved vestiges of the French regime, discover three major groups that forged Montreal’s history.
Our programme, which has been entirely revised during the last few months, is in accordance with the Québec Progression of Learning in Elementary School curriculum. In small groups, the children learn about daily life in New France.
Through interactive workshops, experienced costumed guides lead the students in an exploration of the daily life of three important populations of Montréal:
Through an artefact treasure hunt, the students will learn more about the First Nations way of living before contact with the Europeans. Objects and scale models will come to life under the eyes and hands of the children.
Travelling by canoe with the “Voyageurs” the children become familiar with the basics of the fur trade. Your students will explore the continent along a fur trade route.
The students will discover that self-sufficiency required hard work and the involvement of the whole family. The children will learn more about food practices of 18th Century Montrealers and discover the art of textiles with a hands-on exercise presenting the transformation of wool from sheep to cloth.
Our programme is a good way to introduce New France to your class or to reinforce their learning by offering a tangible experience of this era.
Contact us for suggestions of activities near the Château, or see this list of activities (currently available in French only).
Discover the history of Montréal, Québec and Canada through a stimulating and interactive visit, lead by our costumed guides.
To make a reservation, read the directions below, which provide a detailed description of the procedure for an English school visit.
Technical details :
The easiest way to make a reservation is On-line.
Contact us at the following address : firstname.lastname@example.org, providing the following information :
On making a reservation, you will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledgement from the Château Ramezay.
Within 48 hours (or two working days), our Reservations team will e-mail you to confirm your visit. A confirmation form will be attached for signature.
We must be informed of any change in the number of visitors, whether more or less, at least three days prior to your visit.
No payment is necessary at the time of the reservation.
Unless we are advised to the contrary, an invoice will be e-mailed to you following your visit.
If you prefer to pay on the day of your visit, please note that we accept any of the following: cash, debit cards, Visa or Mastercard and commercial (not personal) cheques.
There is a minimum charge of 10 people for all group reservations.
There is no penalty for cancellations received at least 10 working days prior to the date of your planned visit.
For cancellations less than 10 days before your visit, a charge of 50 % of your reservation will be imposed for reservations made between July and February and 100 %, for reservations made between March and June.
Buses may unload children on Notre-Dame St. in front of the Château. While the visit is in progress, they can park on St. Antoine St West, opposite the City Hall, or in the Old Port (paid parking).
We request you arrive 10 minutes before activities begin so that the visit can get underway promptly. Tardiness may necessitate a change to the proposed program (shortening or eliminating one or several activities, depending on the situation).
Please arrive by the main entrance of the Château. Students will enter the building in three small groups, each consisting of 10 children (maximum). We strongly suggest students be divided into sub-groups before you arrive. Please note that groups may be modified on arrival at the Château. We request you to spread potentially disruptive students among the different groups unless you wish to keep them under your direct supervision throughout the visit.
Children may leave their coats at the coat-check before setting off for the starting point, accompanied by their guide.
At the reception desk, those responsible for the group will be asked to confirm the number of students present by initializing the confirmation sheet.
Unfortunately, we lack the space to allow groups to eat inside. Snacks must be eaten before students enter the Château. Weather permitting, groups can take advantage of the picnic tables on the Place de la Dauversière, beside the Château, as well as in the Old Port.
Are you interested in spending a whole day in Old Montreal, discovering New France? We offer a package that includes a visit to the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, just a few minutes away from the Château, by foot. An eating area is available there.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or make special requests by communicating with us by email at the following address: email@example.com