Smiles and discoveries at a low cost!
Smiles and discoveries at a low cost!

A Unique School Outing!

Smiles and discoveries at a low cost! You will be enthralled by your visit to Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site. You can participate in a number of fun activities tailored to preschool, elementary (cycles 1 - 3) and high school groups. In addition, high school students can visit us.

Please note that the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site is now part of the “La culture à l’école” program and is listed in the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation (culture and education resource directory - in French only), which can help you plan your school outings.


Schedule: mid-May to mid-September
Group capacity limit: 2 classes or 60 students

Once Upon a ship

You will be enthralled by your visit
You will be enthralled by your visit

Group: Preschool/Elementary Cycle 1


Children meet the important people who shaped the history of Coteau-du-Lac. They are also educated about the danger of the rapids and the means that were used to bypass them. The program also helps children understand the concept of history by gradually going back in time.


  • Arts and Crafts Workshop! Children make their own puppet of an Amerindian, a French voyageur or a British soldier.
  • A Life-Sized Puzzle! Through puzzle-solving, children explore the remains of the old fort.
  • Songs of History! Children learn about the various boats once used to avoid the rapids, by singing nursery rhymes.
  • Commander Says... The young visitors examine an artillery soldier’s uniform and visit the octagonal blockhouse.
  • Lock-keeper’s Apprentices! With the help of a beautiful scale model, the children learn how locks work!
  • A Legendary History! Children can relive the key moments of the site’s history through characters brought to life in Grinch the grumpy elf’s story, a privileged witness to all the changes that have happened in Coteau-du-Lac.

MEQ Competencies:

  1. To construct his/her understanding of the world;
  2. To perform sensorimotor actions effectively in different contexts;
  3. To perform movement skills in different physical settings.
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Raiders of the Lost Objects!

The Giant Time Line!
The Giant Timeline!

Group: Elementary Cycle 2


This program introduces students to the importance of archaeology in identifying and preserving the artefacts left by our ancestors. It also explains how the canalization of the St. Lawrence River became the best technological solution to avoid the rapids.


  • Budding Archeologists! Forgotten for millennia, artefacts bear witness to the key events that shaped the site’s history. It is up to the group to find them!
  • Like the Boatman! Students defy the current of the rapids by learning the steps for navigating through locks with our miniature model.
  • And History Goes On... Students must put the site’s historical events in order on a giant timeline.

MEQ Competencies:

  1. To understand the organization of a society in its territory;
  2. To interpret change in a society and its territory;
  3. To be open to the diversity of societies and their territories.
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The River Tamed

Group: Elementary Cycle 3


The program introduces students to the Coteau-du-Lac canal, the first lock infrastructure to be built in North America, and explains its contribution to improving river transportation during the 18th and 19th centuries. It helps students understand the strategies and logistics of the British military command in Canada during this period and teaches them about the St. Lawrence Iroquois’ occupation of the area dating back to paleohistory.


  • 7000 Years Ago! Students are invited to express their thoughts on the way of life of the paleohistoric St. Lawrence Iroquois, using a talking stick.
  • The 18th and 19th Centuries. The enduring traces left by the French and the British during their time in Coteau-du-Lac—namely, the “rigolet” canal, the lock canal, the blockhouse, the clover-leaf shaped bastion, and the star-shaped ramparts—are used to prompt students to reflect on the reasons for their construction.
  • Today. With the help of a location plan and a map, students explore the remains of the site on a discovery run.
  • Souvenir. Students make a necklace representing the three peoples who used Coteau-du-Lac as a point of transit. They may take this souvenir home with them.

MEQ Competencies:

  1. To use information;
  2. To solve problems;
  3. To exercise critical judgment;
  4. To use creativity;
  5. To construct his or her identity;
  6. To cooperate with others;
  7. To communicate appropriately.
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Visits for High School Groups!

The Canon Challenge
The Canon Challenge


High school students are invited to participate in a series of activities that will teach them about the unique fort at Coteau-du-Lac! They will take up the Challenge of the Canon by loading the carronade as quickly as possible, or, GPS in hand, search the site for a secret answer.

They can also open the drawers of history and touch artefacts up to 5,000 years old! Other activities are also offered such as visiting our superb octagonal blockhouse, enjoying interactive presentations on soldiers’ uniforms, experiencing flint and steel fire lighting techniques (18th century lighter), tasting soldiers’ biscuits and much more!

MEQ Competencies:

  1. To understand the foundations of French empire in America and the development of the St. Lawrence colony;
  2. To understand the influences of the Conquest and the American Revolution on the colony;
  3. To understand the new developments in Canada and Quebec in the first half of the 19th century.

My Parks Pass:
Program for Secondary II Students!

My Parks Pass
My Parks Pass

Information for Secondary II teachers:

Use My Parks Pass and take your students to explore the natural wonders of our national parks or walk in the footsteps of the past by visiting our national historic sites – for free!

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Experiences offered by Parks Canada are part of the culture and education resource directory. Financial support from the Government of Québec can be provided. For further information, please refer to the  Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur Website (French) or contact your school administration.