Activities and Animation

Winter 2017
Cultural Program

Winter 2017 Cultural Program

Upcoming Lectures

The Archeology of Quebec Before the 16th Century

Monday, March 13, at 2 p.m. (IN ENGLISH)

À la table de l'hôtel Rasco au mitan du 19e siècle

Monday, March 20, at 2 p.m. (IN FRENCH)

Passed Lectures

L'alimentation montréalaise de l'époque coloniale,
révélée par la bioarchéologie

Monday, February 12, at 2 p.m. (IN FRENCH)

The bones of the first Montrealers provide a wealth of information about foods prevalent in colonial times. From foods shared by Natives and settlers, to disparities in the diets of country and city folk, and that of settlers and their counterparts in France, these skeletons shed light on our past. Discover colonial dietary habits through Jacinthe Vigeant’s work on skeletons from Montreal’s Church of Notre-Dame (1691-1796).

Jacinthe Vigeant is a doctoral candidate at the Université de Montréal and her research centres on what the human skeleton can tell us about the life and death of its owner. She is particularly interested in the impact of migration on the diet of Montrealers in the 18th and 19th centuries and is now studying how diseases can be detected in skeletal remains.

Free for members, $5.00 for non-members.

Sur les traces de Montréal avec Gilles Proulx: de Ville-Marie à aujourd'hui

Monday, January 30, at 2 p.m. (IN FRENCH)

Journalist and history buff, Gilles Proulx, provides a colourful account of events that have marked the history of Montreal, from its earliest founding to the present day. The lecture will be followed by coffee and a question period.

Gilles Proulx is a well-known radio and television announcer, inveterate traveller, columnist and travel writer for Le Journal de Montréal. He is the author of Montréal: 60 événements qui ont marqué la métropole, published by Editions du Journal in October 2016.

Free for members, $5.00 for non-members.

Photo credit: Michel Paquet.

Full program to come.

Paddle Through
the Ages

Paddle Through the Ages in Old Montréal

Two animators in period costume will be waiting on Place Jacques-Cartier to put your skills to the test! Find answers to their questions about the activities that have left their mark on this square over the centuries! It's your chance for a quick trip back in time!


Weekends in January and February, and March 4-12.
Activity offered from noon to 4 PM.

*Will be cancelled in extreme temperatures.

Financing for this project has been made possible through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, the City of Montréal and the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications.

Spring Break 2017

Spring Break 2017

From March 5 to 12
11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Cost: Free of charge

This spring break, the Château Ramezay is again inviting families to try their hand at breadmaking. Try our baking workshop, and give children a culinary experience with an historical flavour!

Open to all. No reservation required. 

Open House

Open House © Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal Photo : Michel Pinault

Did you know that nearly 100 volunteers work at the Château Ramezay every day? They give tours of the museum wearing their period costumes and convey to visitors their enthusiasm for history. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 25, 2017, there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

It’s an opportunity to visit the museum and chat with and enjoy the company of experienced guides while learning about the volunteer programs available. Being a volunteer guide at the Château Ramezay is an opportunity to teach others about history and be part of a dynamic group of enthusiastic people. The Ramezay Guides Associations regularly organizes social activities for its members, as well as dinners and visits to other cultural institutions. Training for prospective guides is provided by experienced guides, who enthusiastically share their knowledge.

Each year, the Château Ramezay welcomes thousands of visitors of all kinds. There are students (from elementary to university level), many groups of newcomers improving their language skills, and an increasing number of Québec and foreign tourists who want to learn more about the history of Montréal and Québec.

If you are looking for an interesting and rewarding way to spend your free time, at the Château Ramezay you’ll have an opportunity to do volunteer work, tailored to enthusiastic personalities.


Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion

Telephone: 514 861-3708 ext. 229 | Fax: 514 861-8317