Fort Lennox National Historic Site

Educational Activities

High School Students

Fort Lennox: Defender of the British Empire

The troops being reviewed
The troops being reviewed
© Parks Canada

This activity begins with a narration of the events that shaped the history of Île aux Noix and Fort Lennox.

Next, students visit the barracks, where they will discover the role of soldiers, women and children within the walls of the fort in 1830.

A visit to the powder shop teaches students about black powder and the structure of the fort’s most important building.

During the guardhouse visit, students are made aware of the guard patrol, discipline in the British Army, and the various punishments that were administered. Later, they have a chance to visit the officers’ quarters, leaving them confronted with the various 19th century social classes.

A great way to benefit from a historical experience!

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $3.90 per student

Flintlock Musket Shooting Demonstration (Extra Activity)

Watch out for black powder!
Watch out for black powder!
© Parks Canada

A genuine look into the 24th British infantry regiment is offered here. Students will learn about the regiment’s history and about British soldiers’ uniforms and equipment around 1830.

Next, they will see a spectacular demonstration of flintlock musket shooting: On the menu: explanations on the use of a musket from that period and a military exercise.

An activity that students will surely not forget!

Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $1.90 per student


Small Objects, Big Stories (Extra Activity)

Small Objects, Big Stories
Small Objects, Big Stories
© Parks Canada

This archeological activity tells the story of Île aux Noix through artefacts that are witnesses to the past. Touching, observing and listening to objects that call to mind stories from the past.

Hundreds of years of history at their fingertips!

Length: 30 to 45 minutes
Cost: $0.90 per student


1760: an Island Under Siege (Extra Activity)

A soldier from the Compagnie franche de la Marine
A soldier from the Compagnie franche de la Marine
© Parks Canada

This activity covers the events surrounding the 1760 siege of Île aux Noix. Students are told about the Seven Years’ War, and they learn about the strategic importance of Île aux Noix. Later, they get to take control of the French and British armies to defend or conquer the island.

Seven Years have never gone by so fast!

Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $0.90 per student


Refugees at Fort Lennox (Extra Activity)

Layout of the refugee camp
Layout of the refugee camp
© Parks Canada

This activity commemorates the presence of Jewish refugees at Fort Lennox: young people will find it interesting. Students will understand the context in which refugees arrived in Canada, in particular at Fort Lennox. They will also discover the day-to-day life of refugees on Île aux Noix. The presentation will be rounded out by period artefacts.

A recent episode in our history that is worth discovering.

Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $0.90 per student

Discovering the Richelieu: a Cruise to Île aux Noix

Are you looking for an interesting way for your students to discover the Richelieu area? The Croisières Richelieu team, in cooperation with the Fort Lennox National Historic Site, offers you the chance to sail on the Richelieu River to Île aux Noix.

Departure from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

For information or reservations, contact the Croisières Richelieu team at 1-877-346-2498.

Reservations

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact us by telephone at 450-291-5700 or toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.