Activities and Animation

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, everyday from March 4 to 12, and up to April 30.
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.

Winter 2017
Cultural Program

Winter 2017 Cultural Program

The Winter 2017 cultural program is now over. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Summer program!

Passed Lectures

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

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

Imagine yourself at Rasco’s, as Mr. Roy evokes the atmosphere of one of the choicest establishments in North America. From its opening in 1835 until the mid-1850s, well-heeled travellers and affluent Montrealers flocked to its elegant premises. Over 21,300 artifacts discovered on the site of the hotel in 1998 provide a vibrant picture of the lifestyle of its guests. These objects also give us an idea where supplies were sourced and wastes disposed of, at this time.

Christian Roy holds a Masters in archeology from Laval University and has specialized in material culture for over 25 years. He is particularly interested in urban archeology. His recent work has concentrated on analyzing a collection of artifacts found on the island of Montréal, including those from the rubbish heap of Rasco’s Hotel.

The lecture will be followed by a question period and coffee. Free for Members, $5 for non-members.

The Archaeology of Quebec Before the 16th Century

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

Amerindians were living in what is now Quebec well before Jacques Cartier arrived - the only traces of their multi-millennial history, archaeological artefacts. Quebec has over 10,000 archaeological sites, the majority of which are Amerindian. Dive into the pre-history of Quebec with archeologist Christian Gates St-Pierre through a survey of archeological sites discovered to date, as well as an exploration of the most recent research on the subject.

Christian Gates St-Pierre teaches archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Université de Montréal. Specializing in archaeology of native societies in Quebec and the Northeast United States, he is particularly interested in Iroquoian archaeology, ceramic and bone technologies, and the archeology of foodways. He is also active in promoting and protecting archaeological findings for future generations.

The lecture will be followed by coffee and a question period. Free for members, included in regular admission fee for visitors ($10).

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.

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