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.
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.