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.
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.
The activities on this interpreted tour meet the aims of government education programs and help develop the following subject-specific competencies:
Our experienced interpreter-guides can adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests, making this a rich and varied learning experience.