Activities and Animation

Suivez le Chef !

Suivez le Chef!

From April 1st to May 20th, 2018*

The tour is offered in French

In the company of a guide and Governor Ramezay's head chef, Claude Maupoint, direct from the 18th century, you'll discover - in just a few blocks - how flavours and culinary trends have evolved, from the arrival of the first Europeans to the present day.

Did you know that food practices of the past shape our landscape? Warehouses, restaurant, markets... The very layout of our cities and many of our buildings are intimately linked to what we eat, and bear witness today to our food practices of yesterday. Old Montréal is peppered with traces of the culinary delights of times past!

Be warned! This tour is sure to tantalized your taste buds... But don't worry! We've partnered with some well-known restaurateurs in the area who will offer you special discounts and exclusive promotions - for a value greater than the price of your ticket!

Note the following "ingredients" :
• The tour starts at 2 p.m.. Make sure to be there a couple of minutes before that time.
• The tour lasts from 90 to 120 minutes and is presentend in French.
• Weather will not get in the way! Please dress appropriately; most of the tour is outdoors.
• You will be standing most of the tour and will have to use stairs sometimes during the visit.
• A few tasty treats will be offered at the beginning and end of the tour. These will include alcool and meat.
• Suggestion : plan a little extra time so that you can continue your discovery of Old Montréal after the tour!

Take the time to visit the Château!
Before the tour, you can visit the Château Ramezay - Historique Site and Museum of Montréal for half-price (only $5,50!), by presenting your Suivez le Chef! ticket. Plan at least an hour for that visit.

Reserve your ticket online on La Vitrine or call 514 285-4545 ext. 1

There's no tickets left? Send us a message at to be on the waiting list. More representations could be offered.

*No tour is offered on May 13, 2018

With support from the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, Château Ramezay has made this activity accessible at the affordable cost of $15 a ticket.

Reserve your tickets now

                Tour Partner



Historical quiz

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!


• January 2018 : 2 to 7
• Spring Break 2018 : March 3 to 11
• March and April 2018 : Every weekend

Activity offered from noon to 4 p.m.

*Will be canceled 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.

Greener Pastures in Old Montréal

Greener Pastures in Old Montréal

From April 21 to May 26

Old Montréal is greener than you think!

Château Ramezay invites you to discover one of its gardens of the past, to take the time to observe the nature that has grown up around it and to explore how you too can contribute to greening your environment. This program includes six interactive workshops, a nature hunt and, of course, a French style garden to visit, again and again, with each new season.

These free workshops will be held every Saturday, from April 21 to May 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, join us at Place De La Dauversière, right across from City Hall!

The nature hunt will be offered for free starting at the end of May.

The Workshops

Urban biodiversity

Saturday April 21, 2018

Observe and touch the urban diversity of the Island of Montreal by means of a nature discovery table presented by the Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement. Discover the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants and trees from our environmental heritage. But where is this biodiversity? And why does it matter? Through this workshop, you’ll learn to recognize and understand the natural world around you. You can even learn how to recreate this biodiversity at home!

Presented by Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE)

Prepare your own seedlings

Saturday April 28, 2018

Start your own seedlings and head home with your future plant! Preparing your own seedlings is an ecological and economical way to garden and opens the door to a variety of uncommon plants. The plant’s needs, the material required and basic ecological gardening concepts will be explained during this workshop.

Presented by l'Éco-quartier Saint-Jacques

The plant cycle and plantable papier mâché

Saturday May 5, 2018

Come discover the life of plants! With a nature discovery table and games, you’ll learn about plant anatomy and the benefits of plants for our environment! The workshop will inspire you to plant magnificent flowers and trees all around you. You’ll also be able to make a papier mâché flower containing a few seeds: just plant it and brighten up the space around you.

Presented by Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE)

Seed beads

Saturday May 12, 2018

Discover a few simple actions you can take to promote urban biodiversity! During this workshop, you’ll experiment with a fun way to green your surroundings by making greening balls. These help to create friendly spaces for pollinators. A creative way to promote biodiversity!

Presented by TOHU

Seedlings and cuttings

Saturday May 19, 2018

Come learn how to make seedlings and cuttings of edible plants and discover how easy it is to grow your own food in the city. VertCité will guide you in making seedlings and cuttings of several herbs and garden vegetables. During this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose the right container for different plants, how to grow them, how to use them in various ways and how to best preserve them. Head home with your herb cuttings and enjoy them right through the growing season!

Presented by Vert Cité

Fruit tree grafting

Saturday May 26, 2018

Guided by an experienced horticulturalist from Ruralys, learn how to graft an apple tree for urban fruit cultivation (splicing branches, applying grafting wax, potting, labelling, watering). And if you want, you can even bring your plant home! Discover the techniques and history of pomiculture, fruit tree heritage conservation and heritage varieties.

Presented by Ruralys

Château Ramezay is able to offer this programming thanks to financial support received from the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.


Cultural program - 2018

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Free for friends of the Château / $5 for visitors

January 29 (in french) 

De rempart en rempart:

quelques découvertes récentes au Fort Lennox et Fort Saint-Jean

Gina Vincelli, archeologist with Artefactual, Work Co-Op, presents the most recent findings regarding Fort Lennox and Fort St. Jean in the Richelieu Valley.

February 12 (in english)

Archeological excavations at Canada’s first parliament building :

Discoveries and prospects

The site of the first parliament building was extensively excavated in Montreal during summer 2017. Archeologist Hendrik Van Gijseghem, project manager for Pointe à Callières Museum, highlights some fascinating discoveries about this oft-overlooked architectural treasure.

February 26 (in french)

Pointe-aux-Trembles, village palissadé

Contrary to popular thought, palisaded villages were uncommon in New France. There were only three in the Montreal vicinity: La Prairie, Boucherville, and Pointe aux Trembles. Using Pointe-aux-Trembles as an example, Archeologist Simon Santerre shows how palisades had a direct influence on village structure as well as how inhabitants interacted with each other.

March 12 (in french)

L’île Saint-Bernard, Châteauguay : bilan de quatre ans de fouilles archéologique

Archeologist Adrian Burke will describe Ile Saint-Bernard’s many uses over the centuries, gleaned from four years’ excavations of the site. His presentation will demonstrate the island’s enduring importance to the cultural, social and political scene of the greater Montreal area.

March 26 (in french)

Le site archéologique Dawson au centre-ville : de nouvelles données après un siècle et demi de débats

Archeologist Roland Tremblay presents unpublished data on the famous Dawson site in downtown Montréal, the first archeological site recognized and excavated as such in Quebec. In 2016/17, archeologists took advantage of road repairs to Sherbrooke Street to cast a modern scientific eye on the few intact remains. New data and excavation methods have updated knowledge of this significant site.

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. In September 2018, 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