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

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, impossible resupply 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!

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: 150 children maximum per half-day
Lenght of program: 4 hours (one day)
Fees: $7.30 per child
(taxes included)
Free of charge for accompanying adults

The ghost ship!

Young participants in action
Young participants in action
New theme in 2018!
New challenges:
  1. Captain’s secret
    The captain of the ship stranded near the tip of Coteau-du-Lac knows that he left behind a treasure whose river rapids are now masters. Help him find the treasures scattered by the current.
  2. To avoid disaster!
    You know the consequences of sailing on the river near the tumultuous rapids? The knots fall apart and the sails quickly change direction. Try to keep the ship's course in the rapids by making good sea knots.
  3. Without losing your footing!
    In the strong current of the St. Lawrence rapids, the shipwrecked had to demonstrate team spirit and ingenuity in order to return safely to the shore. Do like them and try to make your way through the obstacles without losing your footing.
  4. The words of the Coteau-du-Lac rapids
    As the crew evacuated the ships, some sailors misunderstood the captain's instructions, which certainly led to the sinking of the fleet. Learn from their mistakes and transmit the received messages accurately.

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