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Where Montréal Began

90 min. with multimedia show
72 people max.
Where Montréal Began
Photo: Raphaël Thibodeau

Fort Ville-Marie, where it all began

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.

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:


Cross-Curricular Competencies * Exercising critical judgement * Qualify one’s opinion: compare one’s opinion with those of others, reconsider one’s position, evaluate the respective influence of reason and emotion on one’s approach, recognize one’s biases, repeat the exercise if necessary

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.


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Information and reservation

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For any assistance:
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514 872-9127

Please note that we cannot guarantee a booking request made less than 4 weeks in advance.

Hours and rates of visits and group activities

September 2023 to April 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm

May-June 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays, December 18, 2023, June 10 and 17, 2024

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2023

Elementary Students$10.00
Secondary Students$11.00
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adult$15
3rd or additional adult$18
Role of accompanying adults

Divide the group into smaller sub-groups according to the number of groups specified on your reservation. The number of groups required corresponds to the number of accompanying adults required during the visit.

Follow the group at all times to maintain discipline and manage particular cases. The mediator or guide will lead the visit. Accompanying adults must stay with and supervise the group during lunch time.

One-day package

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

Elementary Students$20
Secondary Students$22
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (an activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montréal - 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)
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.