Discover the refinement of the bourgeoisie and the ingenuity of the ruling class in these fun activities custom designed for school groups.

A Victorian Christmas

Old Style Nativity scene
Fabulous stories and gifts!

Come admire the home of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, resplendent in its finest decorations. Learn about the origins of the Christmas tree, gift-giving, Réveillon and Santa Claus. Don’t miss this special tour, revealing the history of the traditions that make Christmas one of the world’s most popular celebrations.

Reserve early!

This activity was created in keeping with the Québec Education Program.

Audience: Elementary and secondary school pupils, and groups of English-language learners
Activity duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Cost: Determined based on the type of group; reservation required
Capacity: 2 classes

Download the guide (PDF, 5.1 MB)

The Etiquette game

Trying on a crinoline
Trying on a crinoline
Students in grade 5 and 6

Students are introduced to good manners and the rules of etiquette as they were practised in the 19th century. By taking on some of the characteristics of the bourgeoisie that George-Étienne Cartier was a part of - confidence, elegance and distinction - your students will take on the role of some of the Cartier family's favourite guests.

The subjects covered in the educational tour The Etiquette Game are in line with the themes and objectives of the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports. Students have the opportunity to:

  • realise the social and economic realities of Montreal during the 19th century
  • realise the expressions and functioning of democracy today and in the past and the responsibilities they have as citizens
  • have an introduction to the history of Quebec and Canada

Public: students of grades 5 and 6
Length of activity: 90 minutes, or according to your needs
Fees: $ 4.90 per student
Group capacity: 60 visitors

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Welcome at the Cartier's! and Welcome to Canada!

Students learning a second language
Students learning a second language
Groups learning one of Canada's official languages: English or French

This program is made-to-measure for English or French-language-learning groups (Organisations offering services to newcomers in partnership with the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (Immigration-Québec), continuing education programs, language schools, etc.)

Two ways to enrich its knowledge and vocabulary

Welcome at the Cartier's! and Welcome to Canada! are programs suitable for all levels of learning among students seeking their listening skills, observation, reading and conversation.

A pleasant experience in Old Montreal!

Welcome at the Cartier's! offers a dynamic lesson of History of Canada in the 19th century and an interactive tour of the Victorian home associated to Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of the Fathers of Confederation. Students discover the lifestyle of wealthy Montrealers deepening the vocabulary associated with the house.

Public: Groups learning one of Canada's official languages: English or French
Length: 90 minutes, or according to your needs
Costs: $ 5.80 per person
Group capacity: 50 visitors