Discover the refinement of the bourgeoisie and the ingenuity of the ruling class in these fun activities custom designed for school groups.

A Victorian Christmas

Learn about the history of Christmas traditions and symbols with an extraordinary visit to the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site!

The rooms are beautifully decorated, the candles are lit and the table is set. Enter the magical world of Christmas in the home of a prosperous 19th century family and withness the final festive preparations!

Types of experiences for the visitors

A Parks Canada Guide talking to a group of students
A Parks Canada Guide talking to a group of students at the Victorian Christmas activity
  • Discover the elegant Victorian residence of a great Canadian politician, Sir George-Étienne Cartier.
  • Learn more about traditions that have been popular since the 19th century.
  • Let us tell you all about the customs of Réveillon, gift-giving and decorating.
  • Share your own family customs with us.
  • Explore the meaning and understand the reasons behind this holiday, which transcends cultures and is celebreated in many countries.

Additional information

  • Heritage house located in the heart of Old Montreal.
  • The program takes place in the only 19th-century bourgeois interior public can visit in Montreal.
  • Public: Grades 5 and 6 (10 to 12 years old).
  • Languages: French and English
  • Period: Mid-November to end of December. Reservation needed.
  • Fees: $4.90 (taxes included).
    Payment by credit card, debit, billing, cheque, cash.

Characteristics

  • Activities animated by Parks Canada interpretive guide
  • Visit length: 90 minutes
  • Maximum capacity: two classes
  • Bus drop-off area
  • Possibility to lunch indoors (reservation needed)
  • This historical site is an approved attraction in the directory of Une école montréalaise pour tous.

Download the guide (PDF, 733 KB)


The etiquette game

Elementary school program, 3rd cycle

The work of George-Etienne Cartier, actor of change and reformist politician, allows the children to examine the innovations and changes in 19th-century Canadian society. Just as George-Etienne Cartier once dreamed of a country and worked to build it, students are invited to imagine, discuss and share their thoughts of an ideal society.

Throughout their exploration of the Victorian home of George-Etienne Cartier, students gets a unique opportunity to be initiated to the good manners and rules of etiquette in use during the 19th-century.

Types of experiences for the visitors

A Parks Canada guide in the middle of an activity with a group of students
A Parks Canada guide in the middle of an activity with a group of students
  • Discovery of the only Victorian interior open to the public in Montreal.
  • Exploring the rules of proper manners and behavior that dictated social relations in the 19th-century.
  • Small group discussions leading to a consensus and presentation to the class.

Additional informations

  • Heritage house located in the heart of Old Montreal.
  • The program takes place in a 19th-century bourgeois interior.
  • During the activity, students are invited to participate in different ways: alone or as a team, taking turns playing different roles, presenting a draft law to the group.
  • Public: Grades 5 and 6 (10 to 12 years old)
  • Languages: French and English
  • Period: April to June/ September to December. Reservation needed.
  • Fees: $4.90 (taxes included).
    Payment by credit card, debit, billing, cheque, cash.

Characteristics

  • Activities animated by Parks Canada interpretive guide
  • Visit length: 90 minutes
  • Maximum capacity: two classes
  • Bus drop-off area
  • Possibility to lunch indoors (reservation needed)
  • This historical site is an approved attraction in the directory of Une école montréalaise pour tous.

Download the guide (PDF, 703 KB)


Welcome at the Cartier's! and A Victorian Christmas

A Parks Canada guide welcoming a group of students
A Parks Canada guide welcoming a group of students
Groups learning one of Canada's official languages: English or French

This program is made-to-measure for English or French-language-learning groups (Organisations offering services to newcomers in partnership with the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (Immigration-Québec), continuing education programs, language schools, etc.)

Two ways to enrich its knowledge and vocabulary

Welcome at the Cartier's! and Welcome to Canada! are programs suitable for all levels of learning among students seeking their listening skills, observation, reading and conversation.

A pleasant experience in Old Montreal!

Welcome at the Cartier's!

Through George-Étienne Cartier’s political work, students approach different aspects of the creation of Canada as we know it today. Like Cartier, students are invited to imagine, discuss and share their thoughts of an ideal society.

Throughout the exploration of the Victorian home of George-Étienne Cartier, an introduction to the good manners and rules of etiquette in use during the 19th century becomes a pretext for vocabulary or conversation practice.

Types of experiences for the visitors

  • Discovery of the only Victorian interior open to the public in Montreal.
  • Exploring the rules of proper manners and behavior that dictated social relations in the 19th-century.
  • Small group discussion leading to a consensus and presentation to the class.

Download the guide (PDF, 743 KB)

A Victorian Christmas

Learn about the history of Christmas traditions and symbols with an extraordinary visit to the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site!

The rooms are beautifully decorated, the candles are lit and the table is set. Enter the magical world of Christmas in the home of a 19th-century prosperous family and withness the final festive preparations!

Types of experiences for the visitors

  • Discover the elegant Victorian residence of a great Canadian politician, Sir George-Étienne Cartier.
  • Learn more about traditions that have been popular since the 19th century.
  • Let us tell you all about the customs of Réveillon, gift-giving and decorating.
  • Share your own family customs with us.
  • Explore the meaning and understand the reasons behind this holiday, which transcends cultures and is celebrated in many countries.

Download the guide (PDF, 673 KB)

Additional information

  • Heritage house located in the heart of Old Montreal.
  • The program takes place in the only 19th-century bourgeois interior public can visit in Montreal.
  • During the activity, students are invited to participate in different ways.
  • Public: English or French-language-learning groups
  • Languages: English and French.
  • Dates : Welcome at the Cartier's!: April to December. A Victorian Christmas: from mid-November to end of December. Reservation needed.
  • Fees: $4.90 (taxes included).
    Payment by credit card, debit, billing, cheque, cash.

Characteristics

  • Language requirements: intermediate
  • Activities animated by Parks Canada interpretive guides
  • Visit length: 60 to 75 minutes
  • Maximum capacity: two classes
  • Bus drop-off area

Reservations and information

Annick Guérin
Team Leader, Visitor Experience
pc.cartier.pc@canada.ca
514-283-2282 or 1-888-773-8888