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Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

Guaranteed fun with the game of the parachute!
Guaranteed fun with the game of the parachute!
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Day Camp

Welcome to Fort Gaillard!

A special program for day camps

Take part in “Fort Gaillard,” a game in which the most resourceful participants discover hidden treasures! Players have to compete in a series of contests with the goal of collecting as many keys as possible so as to increase their chances of opening the treasure chest.

The various contests include: reloading a cannon, storming the fort armed with sponges, a military race, a rally, a tug-of-war and many others!

Which team – the blue, red, green or yellow team – will open the treasure chest?

This essentially play-centred program of activities emphasizes fun, teamwork and pushing one’s limits. Likewise, “Fort” and “Gaillard” (a French word for hale and hearty) take on their full meaning when applied to Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, considering that the military theme and the boot camp-style atmosphere characterize a portion of the contests. The remaining events round off the commemorative themes associated with this historic site – namely, Aboriginal people and the lock canal.

An exciting race between the ramparts!
An exciting race between the ramparts!
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By the end of the program, children will have had fun through activities drawing on past periods of occupation of this place, but they will have not received a learning content of a kind reserved for school programs.

Program details

Recommended age: between 6 and 12 years of age
Size of group: 100 children maximum per half-day
Lenght of program: 2 hours (one half-day)
or 4 days (one day)
Fees: $2.90/child for 2 hours of activities or
$4.90/child for a program of 4 hours (taxes included)
Free of charge for accompanying adults

The Forgotten Nation

Young participants in action
Young participants in action
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The “forgotten nation” in question is that of the Aboriginal peoples. Located between Lac Saint-François and Lac Saint-Louis, the tip of the Coteau-du-Lac site was a natural, much appreciated stopping point for Aboriginal peoples. However, in the telling of the rich past of this historic site, the nation that used this transit point beginning more than 7000 years ago was forgotten.

To all participants: compete in the Aboriginal contests and accumulate the keys that will enable you to open the treasure chest!

New contests: the shale bannerstone challenge, the deer hunt, the beadwork necklace and the “grand portage”.

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