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Lévis Forts National Historic Site

Learning Experiences

Educational Programs

Kindergarden, Grades 1 and 2

Spotlight on the fort!

60 minutes, minimum of 25 students per group

For students from 5 to 12 years old

Dressed as soldiers and royal engineers, students are marching along this authentic 19th century detached fort with its impressive casemates, dark tunnels, and underground chambers.

A Soldier's Tale

45 minutes, a minimum of 25 students per group

Plymouth, a british soldier that participated at the construction of Fort No. 1, compares daily life of the students to the one of Levis inhabitants in 1872.

Taking Refuge in the Fort
Children trying to build a fort with wood blocks Taking refuge in the fort
© Parks Canada

45 min, minimum of 25 students per group.

The enemy is advancing. We have to fortify the town to protect it. Sandbox, illustrations, scale models... these items enable the guide to briefly explain to youngsters how the fortifications evolved, from simple stockades to fortified towns and imposing fortresses. Then in smaller groups, each participant builds his own fort using blocks of wood.

Sleuth!
 A group of children preparing a plan with a Parks Canada guide Sleuth!
© Parks Canada / Xavier Bonacorsi

60 minutes, 100 students maximum
For students aged 5 to 9

Eh kids! You want to run, laugh and get your nose everywhere? Join a game of sleuth and discover all the different parts of the Fort No. 1! With plans and drawings in hand, you will need a strong observation sense to match the other teams of spies!



Grades 3 to 6

The Carronade
Children learning how to prepare a canon The Carronade
© Parks Canada

60 minutes , minimum of 25 students per group
For students aged 9 to 17

Soldiers to your posts! Prepare the canon! Hide behind the canon embrasures in the caponier and keep an eye on all angles of the ditch to spot the approaching enemy…

Stonecutting

45 minutes, minimum of 25 students per group

Stone was the main material used in the construction of the Lévis Fort. Learn the techniques, tools and particularities of the craftmanship of stonecutter.

Try yourself at cutting and bushhammering stone, in the age-old technique.


Capture the Fortress
 A group of children waving a flag Capture the fortress
© Parks Canada / Xavier Bonacorsi

60 minutes, 100 students maximum
For students aged from 9 to 12

Capture the Fortress is a game of strategy between opposing camps. Each team tries to steal the flag from one of the enemy camps.

High School and Adults

Engineer, Soldier and Lady of Lévis
Adults disguised as period characters Engineer, Soldier and Lady of Lévis
© Parks Canada

45 minutes, minimum 25 persons per group

Try on costumes belonging to various period figures and relive the atmosphere that reigned during the building of Fort No. 1. Not only can you wear the requisite magazine clothing, you can even taste some Gunpowder tea, the soldiers' common beverage.