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Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Learning Experiences

Sitting on the edge between past and present, on one of the most important waterways in Canadian history, the Fort is ready to meet your class' assault with a garrison of highly-trained interpreter-guides.

Discover our educational activities through this web page. For more information, contact us at 450 658-1585.

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A Fascinating Journey Through New France

Artefacts Are Real Blabbermouths!
Artefacts are Real Blabbermouths!
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Clientele: 2nd and 3rd grade primary school

Four interactive activities tell students about archaeology, the seigneurial system, the uniforms and daily life of the soldiers and inhabitants of New France.

Archaeology at Chambly Fort:
Artefacts are Real Blabbermouths!

Plate fragments, pieces of utensils, wild and domestic animal bones; ask them the right questions, and they'll reveal the secrets of the fort's inhabitants.

Being a Soldier at the Fort Chambly in 1750
Being a Soldier at the Fort Chambly in 1750
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Being a Soldier at the Chambly Fort in 1750:
Miles Away from the Modern World

How did soldiers spend their days? What did they eat? What did they do with their spare time? Was a soldier's life hard? Find out for yourself.

Military Uniforms of the Past:
Soldiers from Head to Foot

With the help of a student model wearing the jacket, pants, shirt, vest, shoes and hat of a soldier, a guide presents and explains the various parts of a Compagnie franche de la Marine soldier's uniform.

Put on a Soldier’s Uniform
Put on a Soldier’s Uniform
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The Seigneurial System:
Keeping Hearth and Home in New France

If the King confided you with a seigneurie, would you know how to manage it? Using a giant map of the Chambly seigneurie, students can build a manor, a mill, a church and houses. A lively discussion on the rights and responsibilities of the Seigneur and the censitaire will follow.

Length: 2 hours
Number of students:
- 2 classes of 30 students (in April and September)
- 4 classes of 30 students (in May and June)
Availability: Offered in May, June and September
Fee: Go to the Fees section (Basic).

To prepare your visit to our site, ask for our “Educational Toolkit” (Adobe PDF, 2.36 MB) or consult it online.

Discover the Museum

A Journey Through History
A Journey Through History
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Complementary Activity
2nd and 3rd grades of primary school

With a questionnaire in hand, students explore the museum and discover various aspects of the history of New France’s history. Its modes of transportation, communication channels and fur trade, as well as life in the garrison and land occupation under the seigniorial system are the major themes explored in these expositions.

Length: 1 hour
Number of students: 2 classes of 30 students
Availability: Offered in April and at the beginning of May
Fee: Go to the Fees section (Enhanced).

Musket-firing demonstration
Musket-firing demonstration
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A French Fort to Discover

Clientele: Junior and senior high school students

Accompanied by a guide, students will discover the secrets of the French soldier uniform and receive an introduction to 18th-century military architecture.

A self-guided tour rounds out the program. As a complementary activity, a musket-firing demonstration, unique in Canada, can also be provided.

Length: 2 hours
Group capacity: 90 students
Availability: Offered in April and September. The musket-firing demonstration may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Fees: Visit the Fees section (Basic).
There is an additional charge for the musket-firing demonstration.

Old-time Clothing
Old-time Clothing
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Other School Programs

We also offer special activities for preschool, daycare and day camp groups. Call us for more information.

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