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Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

Special Activities 2016


Celebrations on Canada Day
Celebrations on Canada Day
© Parks Canada

Canada Day

July 1st, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Come celebrate Canada Day with your family!

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Open house and tour of the Interpretation Centre
  • 1 p.m.: Rallies, obstacle courses, and sponge battle!
  • 3 p.m.: Canada Day cake
  • 7 p.m.: Music concert (group to be confirmed)

Free admission


The Canadian Voltigeurs: Historical Reenactment

Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Canadian Voltigeurs in rank
Come experience and discover the history of the Voltigeurs
© Parks Canada

Come experience and discover the history of the Voltigeurs, those true heroes of the War of 1812 and the great victors of the Battle of the Châteauguay.

Ongoing activities throughout the day:

  • Presence of a military encampment from the war of 1812
  • Black powder shooting demonstration
  • Military exercises

Archaeology Month

Saturdays and Sundays in August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A flower field at dusk
Discover the battlefield on a bike
© Parks Canada

Archaeology Month will take place from August 1 to 31, 2016. Close to 50 locations across Quebec will offer activities for everyone to appeal groups of novices or enthusiasts, small or large. For 31 days, archaeology will come into our lives and bring us a little further in our understanding of our society, history and heritage.

Take a bicycle trip through the history of the Battle of the Châteauguay by exploring the archaeological landscape of the battlefield! Accompanied by a guide, follow the marked trail over a distance of more than 14 km between Howick and Ormstown, and relive this great feat of arms that took place along the Châteauguay River.

Duration: 1 h 30

Departures:

  • Saturday, August 6th, 2016: 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 7th, 2016: 1 p.m.


Canadian Military History in the Spotlight and 0-5-30 challenge (2nd edition)

Musket-firing demonstration by a Carignan-Salières French soldier
Musket-firing demonstration by a Carignan-Salières French soldier
© Parks Canada
September 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Animation and interpretation area

Presentation and demonstration comparing black powder firing of firearms in service in Canada from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

  • The musket and the Carignan-Salières Regiment
  • The flint rifle and the Compagnies franches de la Marine
  • Percussion musket and British soldiers

Animation on the life of a solider

  • Presentation on the uniform and the equipment of the Voltigeurs during the War of 1812
  • Sampling meatsoup certified 0-5-30 and the British army biscuit

More details on the program are to come

Physical activity zone of the 0-5-30 challenge
  • Smoothie bike
  • Bike tours
  • Other activities to come
A frame from the film Front lines A frame from the film Front lines
© NFB
Interpretation centre
  • Presentation of NFB films on the role of Canada in the two World Wars
  • Presentation on the militiaman of the War of 1812
  • Animated presentation on the Battle of the Châteauguay at the lookout