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Batoche National Historic Site

Education Program, 2014

Considering 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 NHSC. 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

The intent of Batoche NHS is to commemorate:

  • A site of the armed conflict between the provisional government and the Canadian government in 1885;
  • The Métis community of Batoche;
  • Métis river lot land use patterns; and,
  • The national importance of Batoche to the History of Canada.

Fees subject to change

Entrance fees to be paid upon arrival. The Site accepts cash, cheques, credit, debit. Make cheques payable to "The Receiver General for Canada" .

Heritage Presentation Program

When you arrive at Batoche, an interpreter will officially welcome your group. The group will receive information that will facilitate a safe, educational and fun tour of Batoche National Historic Site. The orientation to the site is approximately 15 minutes.

Interpretation

You may visit the Zareba, Caron Sr. Farm Home, Gunner Philip's Grave site, Cemetery, Mission Ridge and the St. Antoine-de-Padoue Church and Rectory.

Expect your students to participate in all or some of the station activities. 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.

How to book your visit

Thank-you for considering a visit to Batoche for your school group. To reserve your spot please fill out the booking sheet and fax or email to the contact information provided on the form.


2014 Batoche School Tour Package
 (PDF, 572 Kb)

Booking Limits

School groups will be booked on the hour and half-hour. The theatre has a capacity of 90 - no more than 90 people will be scheduled in the theatre at one time. To ensure quality, the maximum number of people booked per day will be 400. There is no limit on class size. Large classes will be divided into groups.

Reservations

Groups who have booked have preference over groups who have not booked. Groups who have not booked may not be able to access some or all of the programs and services. 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 NHSC is open and the programs run as scheduled! There's a lot of walking outside. Please ensure the students and chaperones are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and are wearing comfortable walking shoes.

You may want to 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.

Check out Tourism Saskatchewan's "Saskatchewan Discovery Guide" for information and services you need to plan a trip to the area. Many classes also visit other area attractions: Fort Carlton 933-7937; Duck Lake Museum 467-2057; Seager Wheeler Historical Farm 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
  • Baby joggers.

Gift Shop
Souvenirs and publications relevant to the history of Batoche NHSC and Saskatchewan are available. Please plan time to visit the Gift Shop.

Food Services

Limited Snack Bar.

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.

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 stablilized, 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. Bell tents are erected 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.

North West Field Force Rifle Pits

In September 2000, the riverbank slumped, taking 6 rifle pits and a viewing platform. This area is closed to the public. For the safety of your group, please respect the barriers, fencing and safety signs.

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 Fort Garry - Fort Edmonton Trail (a.k.a. the Carlton Trail) and the Historic Ferry Crossing are interrupted 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.

For information on National Parks and other National Historic Sites, visit http://www.pc.gc.ca

If you allow 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.

Only 2 hours

If your group only has 2 hours, you'll have the orientation, see the show, go through the church/rectory and back to the VRC. There won't be time to go to the cemetery, farmhouse or zareba.

New Geo-caching program is available upon request

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 of Canada
Phone: 306-423-6227
Fax: 306-423-5400
E-mail:
Webpage :www.pc.gc.ca/batoche