Elementary School Program « Defending History »

Entrance of Fort Chambly

Tour the impressive stone fortification and take part in four interactive activities to teach your students about the history of the fort, archaeology, the seigneurial system in New France, the role of soldiers in the fight against smuggling. Complete your visit with a rally in the fort or in the park.

Clientele: Second cycle of elementary school


  • 2 hours 30 or:
  • 3 hours 30 (with rally)

Welcoming capacity:

  • 2 classes of 30 students (April, September and October)
  • 4 classes of 30 students (May and June)

Availability: Offered in April, May, June, September and October

Fee: Go to the Fees section (Basic)

A Parks Canada guide surrounded by kids
Archaeology: The past under our feet

Manipulate and observe artefacts left behind by different groups of humans who lived or used this site a long time ago. What do those objects tell us about them?

In the service of the King

To wear the uniform was to be in the service of the King. But how did you become a soldier in France in the 17th and 18th centuries? And what life awaited those who crossed the Atlantic?

When they were not at war

Through Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition discover one of the soldiers' missions: ensure the surveillance and control of the movement of people and goods. This having the point of view of the smuggler.

Settling in New France

Clear up and develop a censive (tract of land) (3rd and 4th grade). Compare the trades of the 1750s to those of today (3rd grade). Help a seigneur develop his seigneurie (4th grade).

Complementary rallies
Indoor rally: “Discovering Fort Chambly”

Explore the exhibitions to find complementary information to the 4 preceding activities. (Duration: 1h. Offered in April, September and October only)
Download the questions (PDF, 2.3 MB) and the map and answers (PDF, 422 KB).


Outdoor rally “Let’s move in the park!”

Explore the park, exercise and discover its natural and cultural wonders! (Duration: 1h. Offered in May, June and September)
Download the questions (PDF, 759 KB), the detailed map (PDF, 1.3 MB) and the answers (PDF, 453 KB).

Before and after your visit

To prepare your visit to our site, listen to the Fort Chambly song and download the related in-class preparatory activity. (PDF, 5 MB)

Lyrics and credits

Download the lyrics (PDF, 100 KB) or the score (PDF, 149 KB). (French only)

Other useful information:

  • Free parking, including spaces for buses
  • Activities animated by Parks Canada guides
  • It is possible to lunch on-site, in the fort or in the park
  • Picnic tables available in the park

Reservations and information

Christian Fortin
Team Leader, Visitor Experience
450-658-1585 or 1-888-773-8888


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.