Virtual Activity

A Railroad to Dreams

60 min.
One class with a maximum of 30 people
A Railroad to Dreams
Photo: Myriam Ménard / Pointe-à-Callilère

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 our temporary A Railroad to Dreams exhibition as though your students were at the Museum itself!

For this educational activity, hop on the tracks to learn all about the rail industry’s important role in the development of Canada and Montreal. First, your students will explore the history and evolution of model trains, from home-sized replicas to their roles on the big screen, and the passion they evoke in young and old alike. Your students will then learn how the major rail companies helped explore Canada from coast to coast.

This exhibition also shows the contribution of trains to our collective history and the history of the Canadian railway, which is inextricably tied to the development of Canada and Montreal, a city that played a major role in this industry’s emergence.

Through a virtual tour designed for school groups and led by one of our qualified guides, this hybrid educational activity will first take you on a remote discovery of Pointe-à-Callière’s A Railroad to Dreams temporary exhibition and then through the history of the railway in Canada.

Our guide will stay online for an interactive activity to help you and your class dive further into the content of the virtual tour. The guide will then recap the key moments of this industry and era and have a Q&A period during this activity 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

  • Migration waves
  • Capital and infrastructure: construction of railways

1840-1896 – Creation of the Canadian federal system

  • Federal-provincial relations – Métis rebellions
  • National policy – Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway and colonization of the West
  • First phase of industrialization – Eastern continental transportation network and urbanization

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 January 5, 2021, until April 5, 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$200 including taxes (fixed rate for one class of 30 students max)


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.