The fur trade- what an adventure!

Experience the adventure of Indigenous trappers, French Canadian voyageurs and European merchants during the fur trade era.

Located exactly where the voyage to Western Canada began, the great fur trade adventure awaits your class at the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site. In a former warehouse in Old Lachine, discover the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples, the difficult canoe trip to the West and the relations between Europeans and First Nations.

Young girls playing to fur trade
Young girls playing to fur trade

Program

  • Role playing where the students discover all the key players and the communication difficulties they experienced in this historical trading chain.
  • Interpretation of geographical maps to uncover exchanges.
  • Exploration of objects related to the fur trade: clothing, tools, furs and many more.

Competence

  • Interpret change in a society and its territory.
  • Identify traces of these changes in our society and in our territory.
  • Specify the causes and consequences of the changes.

Additional information

  • The visit program (2 h) takes place in two buildings and requires walking outside.
  • During the activity, students are invited to participate in different ways: alone or as a team, playing a role, touching objects or exploring the museum.

Public: Grades 3, 4 and 5 (8 to 11 years old)
Languages: French and English
Period: April to June / September to November. Reservation needed.
Fees: $4.90 (taxes included). Payment by credit card, debit, billing, cheque, cash.

Characteristics

  • Free parking, including spaces for buses
  • Picnic tables or lunch inside (reservation needed)
  • Weather appropriate clothing is recommended.
  • This historical site is an approuved attraction in the directory of Une école montréalaise pour tous..

Reservations and information

Annick Guérin
Team Leader, Visitor experience
pc.commercefourrure-furtrade.pc@canada.ca
514 283-2282 ou 1 888 773-8888

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