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Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site

Educational Programs

The Québec Conference: Parliamentary Inquiry and Debate

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity—register for free today!

Parks Canada guides will meet participants on Dufferin Terrace and lead them down into the archaeological crypt of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site. Guides will give an entertaining overview of colonial rule in Canadian society circa 1820.

Then the group will walk over the Prescott Gate to the Montmorency Park National Historic Site—the seat of the first Canadian Parliament. Participants will take the floor in a debate much like the one led by George-Étienne Cartier and John A. Macdonald during the Québec Conference of 1864. To make the experience even more realistic, political parties will be formed and a leader will be chosen. Who will have the honour of sitting where the orator once sat?

Participants will actively engage in this student-led activity to learn more about the workings of Parliament and better understand how an actual debate in chambers would proceed.

Date: Monday to Friday, April 6th to June 23rd, 2015, and August 31st to October 2nd, 2015
Capacity: 60 people, two classes (elementary cycle 3 and secondary)
Length: 90 minutes

***Activity offered upon reservation***

The 1864 Québec Conference