Here are the school program activities offered at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site for elementary school students.

Private Vadeboncoeur's great game

Soldiers, attention!

Relive the habits of soldier Vadeboncœur in the Artillery Park, visit barracks used by French soldiers and participate in the recreation of a battle. At the end of this activity, your students will be able to name the various components of the fortifications and decipher the codes found on the cannons.

In the Arsenal Foundry, students will be introduced to the major military events of New France and observe a model of the fortifications showing how Québec City’s defenses evolved over time. A guide will reveal the secrets of Artillery Park’s cannons.

The group will then visit the interior of a period building to explore a barracks used by French soldiers. Sitting on the beds, students will learn about the different aspects of soldiers’ lives in New France: how they were recruited, what they ate, how they lived, how they kept clean and how they worked.

The visit will end with students taking part in the re-enactment of a battle between the French and the English. Who will emerge victorious this time?

Dates

This activity may also be available year-round depending on availability.

Please contact us for more information.
Phone: 418 446-6042
Email: reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

Price

Parks Canada is pleased to offer free admission for youth at our parks and sites, however regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as school programs and guided tours.

See prices

Details
  • Location: Artillery Park
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Ideal for: Elementary school - Cycle 2 and 3
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2023
  • Additional note(s): Lunch area available (inside or outside), based on availability and upon reservation 
Reservations

Reservations required for school groups.

Please contact us for more information and/or to make a reservation. 
Phone : 418 446-6042
Email : reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

  
Travel trade
  • Price: $2.40 per student
  • Ideal for: Elementary school, cycle 2 and cycle 3 
  • Suitable for small and large groups
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2022

Topics relating to the Quebec provincial curriculum:

French society in New France around 1645
Canadian society in New France around 1745

Competency:

  • To understand the organization of a society in its territory

Key features of the competency:

  • To situate the society and its territory in space and time
  • To make connections between assets and limitations of the territory and the organization of the society
  • To define the influence of people or events on social and territorial organization
Costume workshop

What do British soldiers do 12 to 30 times per year?

Through an interactive quiz on the lives of French and British soldiers, your students will learn about the working conditions, the dress code of the 18th and 19th centuries, the social realities and the beliefs and values of the time. An exciting competition awaits you!

In a period building, students will be introduced to Québec City’s major military events. They will then be split into two groups, representing the French and the English. Students will test their knowledge in a question and answer game. Each correct answer wins its team a piece of historical clothing. The grand winner will be the team that manages to fully dress one of its members in period costume.


Dates

This activity may also be available year-round depending on availability. Please contact us for more information.

Phone: 418 446-6042
Email: reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

Price

Parks Canada is pleased to offer free admission for youth at our parks and sites, however regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as school programs and guided tours.

See prices

Details
  • Location: Artillery Park
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Ideal for: Elementary school, cycle 3 and Secondary School
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2023
  • Additional note(s): Lunch area available (inside or outside), based on availability and upon reservation 
Reservations

Reservations required for school groups.

Please contact us for more information and/or to make a reservation. 
Phone: 418 446-6042
Email: reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

Travel trade
  • Price: $2.50 per student
  • Ideal for: Elementary school, cycle 3 and Secondary School
  • Suitable for small and large groups
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2023

Topics relating to the Quebec provincial curriculum:

Canadian society around 1820:
Influence of people and events on social and territorial organization

Competency:

  • To understand the organization of a society in its territory

Key features of the competency:

  • To situate the society and its territory in space and time
  • To define the influence of people or events on social and territorial organization

Competency:

  • To interpret change in a society and its territory

Key feature of the competency:

  • To define the influence of people or events on these changes

Competency:

  • To be open to the diversity of Societies and their territories

Key feature of the competency:

  • To perceive the main similarities and differences between societies and between territories  
Artillery park guided tour

Visit the Arsenal Foundry and the Dauphine Redoubt. Follow your guide and admire the architecture and unique interiors of these buildings that have marked the history of the country. A tour through 250 years of military and social history. 

Dates

This activity may also be available year-round depending on availability. Please contact us for more information.

Phone: 418 446-6042
Email: reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

Price

Parks Canada is pleased to offer free admission for youth at our parks and sites, however regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as school programs and guided tours.

See prices

Details
  • Location: Artillery Park
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Ideal for: Elementary school - cycle 3 and secondary school
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2023
  • Additional note(s): Lunch area available (inside or outside), based on availability and upon reservation
Reservations

Reservations required for school groups.

Please contact us for more information and/or to make a reservation. 
Phone : 418 446-6042
Email : reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca

  
Travel trade
  • Price: $2.50 per student
  • Ideal for: Elementary school - cycle 3 and secondary school
    Suitable for small and large groups
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Languages: This activity is offered in English and in French
  • Reservations: Reservations are required for the activity - please refer to the Reservations tab
  • Capacity: We will be happy to discuss with you and to offer solutions that meet your needs, depending on availability and school programs offered at our other national historic sites. Do not hesitate to contact us at 418 446-6042 or at reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca for more information.
  • Note: Price subject to change in 2023

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information or to make a reservation.

Phone: 418 446-6042
Email: reservations.fortifications@pc.gc.ca


Grant

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.