Virtual Activity

Montréal: Canada’s Metropolis - Secondary

60 min.
One class with a maximum of 30 people
Montréal: Canada’s Metropolis - Secondary
Photo: Romain Guilbault / Pointe-à-Callière

Have Pointe-à-Callière and its guides join you remotely in the classroom! With our virtual guided tours for schools, your class can deepen their knowledge of history and discover remarkable archaeological remains and artifacts as though your students were at the Museum itself!

During this educational activity, discover the history of Montreal in the 19th century, a true golden age for the city! Your students will learn about the excitement and major changes at the time for Montreal’s urban planning, population, industrial development, and new required sanitary infrastructure along with the political changes of that era. They will get a concrete look at these changes as they tour some of the remains of Old Montreal, such as the Royal Insurance Building, the Old Custom House, and Montreal’s first collector sewer (the Memory Collector), as well as the Parliament of the United Province of Canada. This will help them understand Montreal’s major role as Canada’s metropolis in the 19th century.

With a virtual tour designed specifically for school groups and led by one of our qualified guides, this hybrid educational activity will first take your students on a remote visit of Pointe-à-Callière to learn about 19th-century history through our archaeological sites. They will get the chance to discover the Museum’s Building Montréal and Memory Collector exhibitions.

After the virtual tour, our guide will stay online for an interactive activity to help you and your class dive further into the content of the virtual tour. Your group will also get an up-close look at the Youville Pumping Station, where the guide will lead the activities. We will then look back at the key moments of that time and have a Q&A period.

A Museum guide will be there to answer your students’ questions throughout this activity, which is based on dialogue, observation and discovery.

How it works

This activity takes place over Microsoft Teams. When you make your reservation, you will receive a personalized link so that you can log on at the scheduled date and time and connect with our guide, who will welcome your group remotely!

You will need:

  • 1 computer with an Internet connection (with activated speakers, microphone and webcam)
  • 1 projector or screen (IWB or TV)

Educational competencies

The workshop activities are in line with the goals of the government’s educational program and will help students develop specific competencies.

In Québec

**History and citizenship education **
Industrialization: an economic and social revolution
+ Examine social phenomena from a historical perspective
+ Explore social phenomena in the light of the past
+ Look at social phenomena in their complexity

History of Quebec and Canada
1791-1840 – Nationalist claims and struggles
+ Populations
+ Rebellions of 1837-1838
+ Migration waves and epidemics
+ Capital and infrastructure: construction of canals, banks, etc.

1840-1896 – Creation of the Canadian federal system
+ Act of Union
+ Parliament of the United Province of Canada

Information and booking

Tell us about your needs

Please fill out our online form and we will contact you shortly to complete your reservation.

For any assistance:
514 872-9127

Schedule and rates

Available from February 1st, 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$200 including taxes (fixed rate for one class with a maximum of 24 people)
$10 per additionnal person (maximum of 30 extra people)


You will receive confirmation of your reservation by email. Please sign and return the confirmation to the Museum by email within five (5) days of receiving it.


If you cancel fewer than ten (10) days before the reserved date, you will be charged 30% of the activity fee.


The total amount is payable ten (10) days after your presentation. Please make your cheque out to Pointe-à-Callière.