Where Montréal Began

90 min. with multimedia show60 people max.
Where Montréal Began

Fort Ville-Marie, where it all began
New! Starting in May 2017

Pointe-à-Callière is inviting young people to re-experience the birth of Montréal, alongside the pioneers who made their way here from France to establish a missionary colony that they named Ville-Marie.

In an immersive space, against a backdrop of light and sound, students will meet women and men who tell moving stories of the early days of Montréal, their settlement on a fertile point of land, how they adapted to difficult conditions, and their relationships with Natives, both friend and foe.

Students will get to explore the archaeological remains and literally enter Fort Ville-Marie. They will also make their way around the residence of Governor Louis-Hector de Callière, built on the site of the fort some twenty years after its construction. An interactive model, evocative artefacts, figurines, and magnificent projections are among the means used to show students how the colony underwent its remarkable development to become the city it is today.

A memorable experience for students, a journey through time, and a celebration of our builders’ ingenuity and determination to survive, get established, and carry on!

What will students do at the Museum?

  • Meet remarkable historical figures with inspiring world views who lived extraordinary lives.
  • Explore the earliest years of the city’s existence in a unique and exceptional way.
  • Walk inside Fort Ville-Marie and on the ground surrounding Callière’s residence.
  • Celebrate the birth of Montréal and the development it has undergone to become one of the world’s great cities.

Concepts covered on the tour

  • Archaeology: remains, artefacts, eco-facts, stratigraphy, the sacred nature of archaeological sites.
  • History: demographic expansion, religious, social, and political contexts.
  • Cultural phenomena: symbols and spirituality, cultural influences, daily life, and lifestyles.
  • Economic and political phenomena: natural resources, lines of communication, barter and business systems, peace processes, commercial expansion, colonial exploration.
  • Territory: geography and hydrography, transformation of the territory and adaptation.

Competencies developed

The activities on this interpreted tour meet the aims of government education programs and help develop the following subject-specific competencies:

In Quebec

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

Society studied: French society in New France in the 17th century

  • Understand the organization of a society on its territory:
    • Make connections between assets, limitations of the territory, and the organization of French society in New France in the 17th century.
    • Determine the influence of public figures or the impact of events on social and territorial organization.
    • Establish links of continuity with the present.

History and Citizenship Education

European expansion in the world (through the example of Ville-Marie in the 17th century)

  • Examine social phenomena in a historical perspective.
  • Interpret social phenomena using the historical method.
  • Build civic responsibility using history.

In Ontario

Social Studies

  • Heritage and identity: the beginnings of Canada (Native communities and Europeans, cultural heritage)
    • Explore the relationships between Native communities and European explorers and colonizers, in particular the French, in North America.
    • Analyze the relationships between Native communities and the Europeans, as well as the cultural and social heritage passed down by New France.
    • Describe various aspects of economic life and social organization in New France.

Social Studies

  • Heritage and identity: the Canadian experience, yesterday and today (development of communities in Canada: First Nations, the French, the British)
    • Analyze the physical, social, and cultural characteristics of these communities.

Our experienced interpreter-guides can adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests, making this a rich and varied learning experience.

Educational activities partner


Information and reservations

Hours and rates of visits and group activities

September 2016 to April 2017
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Monday December 12, 2016

May-June 2017
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays, June 5, 12 and 19, 2017

Elementary Students$8.50
Secondary Students$9.50
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adults$13
The Museum is offering 30% off in January and February!
One-day package

Add a workshop or interpreted tour and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Elementary Students$17
Secondary Students$19
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (An activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montreal - 514 844-4021 or 1 800 363-4021) and Croisières AML (An activity at the Museum and a Sailor for a day cruise or guided sightseeing cruise – 1 888 748-4857 ext. 225 or 335)
Saputo Lunch room

A lunch room is available for groups.
Reservations required.

Per student$1
Free if taking part in two activities during the day.

Access to the Museum
Consult instructions.
There is free bus parking on de la Commune Street, at the corner of Place Royale.

Other activities

Growing Up in Ville-Marie

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80 people max.

Where Montreal Was Born

90 min. with multimedia show
144 people max.

Natives on the Point

90 min.
60 people max.


90 min. with multimedia show
60 people max.