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Fort Chambly National Historical Site

Interpretive Activities

Showing of a French soldier’s uniform to a group
Showing of a French soldier’s uniform
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Fort Chambly Soldiers from 1665 to 1812: Defending the Colony!

What element says the most about a soldier? The uniform, of course! This activity, conducted by an interpretive guide, will cover every detail of the French uniform as well as the life challenges faced by the men who wore it.

Visitors will have an opportunity to don a uniform from the Carignan-Salières regiment (1665) or the Compagnies franches de la Marine (1750).

Length: 30 minutes

Artefact shown during the archaeology activity
Artefact shown during the archaeology activity
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Archaeology at Fort Chambly: Artefacts that Have Plenty to Say!

The deeper, the older! Nothing could be truer when talking about archaeology at Fort Chambly. Become an archaeologist and explore the past through vestiges left by former occupants of the fort. Keep your ears open: these treasures have plenty to say!

Length: 30 minutes

During the era of the War of 1812, the Chambly garrison held several thousand soldiers. Their impressive presence left many archeological signs that we invite you to come and discover.

One of the four bartizans of Fort Chambly
One of the four bartizans of Fort Chambly
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Fort Chambly: Royal Ingenuity

Those French were quite ingenious! During your visit to Fort Chambly, admire the structures that were the pride of a Mr. Vauban, an engineer for King Louis XIV. The guide will show you the secrets of military architecture from that period. Bastions, machicolations, bartizans...plenty of mysteries to unravel!

Did you know that a mysterious British military complex was built by the British crown during the War of 1812?

Length: 40 minutes


A Carignan-Salières soldier getting ready to fire the musket
A Carignan-Salières soldier getting ready to fire the musket
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Musket Firing Demonstration

Unique in Canada, the gun firing demonstration takes place every weekend during the summer. The interpretation activity is there to commemorate the soldiers of the Carignan-Salières regiment, who were the first to occupy the site.

Dressed in the famous uniform, the interpretive guide fires the musket, one of the oldest firearms used in Canada.

The musket firing activity follows the activity on the soldiers’ uniform.


Parks Canada - Xplorers - Time to Explore!
Xplorers Program
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Xplorers Program

The Xplorers Program is dedicated to children visiting with their families. It offers entertaining activities suited for their age, and allows them to discover the natural and historic treasures of Canada.

The children visiting Fort Chambly will have the opportunity to discover the fort’s exhibitions using an activity book designed especially for them.