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Batoche National Historic Site

Education Program, 2017

Why consider a trip to Batoche National Historic Site

Is your class studying the North West Rebellion/ Métis Resistance? Have you considered visiting one of the battle sites? This guide is intended to help teachers plan their trip to Batoche National Historic Site. Your class will learn about the rebellion/resistance and the historic Batoche community. Plan to have some fun, too! Read on for guidance in planning and booking your visit.

Commemoration

Batoche National Historic Site was commemorated in 1923 as being nationally import to the history of Canada because:

  • It was the site of the armed conflict between the Métis provisional government and the Canadian government in 1885.
  • It was the Métis community of Batoche.
  • This location demonstrates the use of the Métis river lot land usage.
  • Batoche was the heart of the resistance of 1885.

Heritage Presentation Program

Every group will be greeted by an interpreter and receive orientation upon arrival and view the multimedia show and visitor center exhibit.

Interpretation

Interpreters will be using a variety of techniques to deliver messages: period activities, demonstration, animated roles, skits, or non-period learning activities. The activities are aimed at the students, but teachers and chaperones can join in, too! Activities are intended to be educational and fun.

Tour Options (Optional Program’s)
Option A
(2 hours)
Church, and Rectory plus 2 activities
Option B
(2.5 hours)
Church, Rectory, and Cemetery plus 2 activities
Option C
(3.5 hours)
Church, Rectory, Mission Ridge, Cemetery, Caron Home plus 4 activities
Option D
(3.5 hours)
Church, Rectory, Mission Ridge, Cemetery, Caron Home, Zareba and a shuttle to the East Village plus 5 activities

The Batoche open air shuttle seats forty-eight and includes a trip to the East Village. Space is limited, book early.

For a washroom break or time to visit the gift shop, add 10-15 minutes. If you allow for a lunch break, add another 30 minutes.

Fees

To celebrate Canada 150 entrance to all National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation areas is free. Schools wishing to participate in self-guided visits are welcome to explore the site on their own with no fee. We encourage students, however, to participate in an optional heritage presentation program, where an experienced interpreter guides them through a customized learning program, tailored for their provincial curriculum. These programs showcase the very best Canada has to offer, telling stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples. A small fee is charged to help cover a portion of the costs of delivering these programs. Parks Canada is discounting combination fees for school groups by 25% for 2017 to ensure free admission for Canada 150 is reflected in prices.

Discounted fees for 2017 will apply.

Enhanced program fees must be paid upon arrival. Cash, cheques, credit cards, and/or debit cards are accepted. Cheques are made payable to "The Receiver General for Canada".

Students (K – 12)
Option A or B $2.90
Option C $3.70
Option D $5.50
Teachers, chaperones, bus drivers FREE

Please note prices are subject to change.

How to book your visit

To reserve your spot please fill out the booking sheet and fax or email to the contact information provided on the form.

 

Book early to reserve your class spot!

Batoche National Historic Site will confirm the options you choose when your booking is processed and confirmed in March.

Forms are processed in the order in which it was received.

Saskatchewan curriculum links will be provided upon request.

Booking Limits

School groups will be booked on the hour and half past the hour.

The theatre has a maximum capacity of ninety people.

To ensure quality, the maximum number of people booked per day will be four hundred. There is no limit on class size but larger classes will be divided into smaller groups.

Reservations

As visitation levels are expected to increase in 2017, we encourage all groups, whether planning a self-guided visit or taking part in a heritage presentation program, to reserve ahead of time to secure your space to avoid congestion and potential delays. Capacity at some locations is limited and a reservation will help ensure a smooth and pleasant visit.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, call the site as soon as possible.

Preparing your class

Rain, snow, shine or mosquitoes, Batoche National Historic Site is open and the programs run as scheduled! There's a lot of walking outside. Please ensure students and chaperones are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and are wearing comfortable walking shoes.

Please arrive a few minutes before you're scheduled to begin. Know how long your travel time is and how to get here before you leave. Allow time for the ferry crossing. If you get delayed along the way, please phone the site to let us know. We'll try to accommodate the changes in your schedule. Please, be aware that we are unable to change the schedule for other groups if your group is delayed.

Many classes also visit other area attractions: Fort Carlton 306-933-7937; Duck Lake Museum 306-467-2057; Seager Wheeler Historical Farm 306-232-5959. Please keep young students in mind when planning to visit several attractions in one day.

Access Materials
Ask the Kiosk attendant about use of these items:

  • Golf carts
  • Strollers

Gift Shop
Souvenirs, gift and canteen items are available. Publications relevant to the history of Batoche National Historic Site and Saskatchewan are also available. Please plan time to visit the Gift Shop.

Food Services

  • Café Batoche 

Picnic Areas

There's a picnic area with shelter outside the VRC and a picnic area at the East Village. Picnic tables are provided. Open fires, barbeques, hibachis, etc. are not permitted. Please don't feed any animals.

Hiking Trail

"The South Saskatchewan Meander", a 1.5 km hiking trail, winds its way along the ridge overlooking the South Saskatchewan River and valley. Due to severe riverbank erosion, portions of the trail have been altered or closed. Please respect barriers, fencing and safety signs.

Geocaching

A site orientated geo-caching program is available upon request

Cultural resources

St. Antoine-de-Padoue Church & Rectory, 1896

These historic buildings have been restored, exterior and interior, to 1896 and house many artifacts that are original to the time. Interpreters stationed at these buildings will provide you with important details concerning the structures, their use, the role they played in the history of Batoche, and the people who occupied the buildings.

Jean Caron Sr. Farm Home

This home is a ca.1895 Métis dwelling that will provide a glimpse of daily life in a Métis home. This building, which was once only stabilized, has undergone significant restoration in recent years. This joint project was a result of a collaborative effort between our privileged partner, Gabriel Dumont Institute and Parks Canada to create and promote “memorable experiences” at Batoche.

Middleton's Zareba

This area portrays the military encampment of the North West Field Force used in the Battle of Batoche in 1885. Period bell tents are onsite to recreate a portion of the camp.

River Lots

From the top of the ridge, visitors can get a view of the river lot farm system, which the Métis used in the St. Laurent settlement area.

Métis Rifle Pits

Visitors can see a Métis rifle pit that has been excavated by archeologists. On the third day of the battle, Middleton led a reconnaissance force just to the east of these pits to test the strength of the Métis position.

Cemetery

The St. Antoine-de-Padoue cemetery is located right next to the National Historic Site. Some of the Métis who died in the Battle of Batoche are buried in a mass grave in the cemetery. A monument has been erected to the Métis and Aboriginal people who died in the battles of the 1885 armed conflict.

Batoche Village (East)

The remains of the village,  the Carlton Trail and the Historic Ferry Crossing are interpreted by signage and exhibits using maps, historical photographs and artists' illustrations. The North West Field Force captured the village of Batoche on May 12, 1885. Visitors can walk down to the village (over 1 km) or drive using the North access road.

Should you visit on a day with special events, please be aware that there may be changes to regularly scheduled activities.

Batoche National Historic Site
Phone: 306-423-6227
Fax: 306-423-5400
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