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Fur Trade Challenge

Length of Program
2 Hours
Hands On Activity
66%
Guided Tour
33%
  • Available: Year-round
  • Chaperones Required: 3
  • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
  • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

Overview:

You have arrived at Fort Edmonton in 1846 at the height of the fur trade. Explore the 1846 HBC Fort, living quarters, and the Chief Factor’s home followed by a test of your skills.

Along with a tour of our 1846 HBC Fort, choose two of the following activities:
  • Handle artifacts
  • Bannock baking
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Model tipi building
  • Snowshoeing
  • Journal writing with pen and ink
  • Beading
  • Indigenous games
  • Travois building
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Price:

  • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $215
  • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $415 
  • This program can be adjusted for Grades 2 to 12
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories, and People of Alberta
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
  • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
  • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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Making Edmonton Home: A Day in the Life

Length of Program
2 Hours
Hands On Activity
75%
Guided Tour
25%
  • Available: Year-round
  • Chaperones Required: 3
  • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
  • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

Overview:

You’ve arrived in Edmonton in 1905. Do you have the courage and skills to stay? As a œnew Edmontonian will you withstand the strictness of the school teacher? Can you bake a treat on a wood stove? Do you have the skills to make your own toy? If you can do these things, you can make Edmonton home.
Activities Include
  • Handle artifacts
  • Tour multiple historic buildings
  • Toy building
  • Bake over a wood burning stove
  • Pioneer school lesson

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Price:

  • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $215
  • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $415 
  • This program can be adjusted for Grades 2 to 6
  • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.1 Canada’s Dynamic Communities
  • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.2 A Community in the Past,
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land,
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta,
  • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges,
  • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.1 Physical Geography of Canada, Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada,
  • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identify
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Kinderpark

Length of Program
1.5 Hours
Hands On Activity
90%
Guided Tour
10%
  • Available: Year round
  • Chaperones Required: 4
  • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
  • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

Overview:

Spend the morning with the Harris family and experience life as an early Edmontonian. Things get done when we work together. There are socks to be washed and wool to be carded, places to visit and historical toys for play. If we work together and get our chores done, we will make treats to enjoy. Please note activities change due to the season.
Activities Include
  • Handle artifacts
  • Make a treat
  • Try your hand at a task from the past
  • Historical chores

Price

  • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $165
  • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $275adobe-pdf-icon

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  • Kindergarten Being Together – K.1 I Am Unique
  • Kindergarten Being Together- K.2 I Belong

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Les Voyageurs de Fort Edmonton/The Voyageurs of Fort Edmonton

Length of Program
2 Hours
Hands On Activity
75%
Guided Tour
25%
  • Available: Year round
  • Chaperones Required: 4
  • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
  • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM
  • Overview:

    Venez explorer le Fort pour voir le rôle de la communauté d’expression française dans la traite des fourrures! Vous aurez un personnage d’expression française du Fort comme guide pour apprendre au sujet du travail éprouvant des voyageurs, l’établissement des Métis, et pour comparer leurs styles de vie à ceux des Premières Nations. Immergez¬ vous dans la vie à Fort Edmonton à travers d’expériences telles que cuire une gâterie à la façon des voyageurs ou tisser une ceinture fléchée.

    Come explore the Fort to see the role of the French-speaking community in the Fur Trade! A French-speaking character of the Fort will guide you in learning about the challenging work of the voyageurs, the settlement of the Métis and involvement of the First Nations in the Fur Trade. Get a taste of life in the Fort through experiences like making a tasty voyageur treat or weaving your own Assomption sash.

    Available in French or English

    Activités du programme
    Choix d’élément 1 : Galettes ou Tissage  (Choisir un des deux options ci-dessous)

    La farine était rare en 1846, donc c’était spécial de pouvoir cuire cette gâterie sur un feu de camp ! Chaque élève pourra cuire leur propre galette au feu comme un voyageur.

    Les ceintures fléchées n’étaient pas uniquement des décorations¦elles étaient utilisées comme des cordes, des harnais, des trousses de premiers soins, des serviettes et des brides d’urgence. Voici votre chance d’apprendre à tisser une version simple d’un symbole et un outil traditionnellement Métis.

    Choix d’élément 2 : Chasse au trésor, course des voyageurs, balle-double, OU danse de lièvre (15 minutes) (choisir un des quatre options ci-dessous)

    Pour compléter la chasse au trésor, apprenez quelques mots de Michif, une langue Métis qui est basé sur le français et le cris. Vous allez être surpris d’en reconnaître !

    Les voyageurs aimaient participer aux compétitions à chaque année lors de leur arrivée à York Factory. Nous allons faire notre propre compétition ici! Soyez prêts à porter des objets lourds, participer aux courses à pied, lancer des objets, et viser une cible![/x_accordion__item] Ce jeu d’équipe était joué par les femmes Cris, qui l’ont partagé avec les Métis. La structure du jeu ressemble à la crosse, mais la balle-double et les bâtons utilisés vont mettre au défi vos habilités de lance et d’attrape!
    Cette danse Métis traditionnel démontre l’excitation de la chasse et incorpore des éléments d’un jeu. La classe pourra apprendre quelques pas très simples en ligne et s’amuser en essayant d’attraper leur adversaire! 

     

    Element 1 Choices: Galettes or Finger weaving (Choose one of these two options)

    Flour was rare in 1846, so it was a real treat when the voyageurs got to make this tasty treat around a campfire! Each student will get to make their own galette, just like the voyageurs did.
    Sashes weren’t just decorative¦they were often used as a rope, a harness, a first aid kit, a towel, an emergency bridle or even a belt! Have the chance to learn to make a simple version of this traditional Métis symbol and tool.

    Element 2 Choices: Scavenger hunt with Michif, Voyageur Relay Race, Double Ball, or Rabbit Dance (15 minutes)(Choose one of these four options)

    To complete this scavenger hunt, you’ll need to learn a few words in Michif, a Métis language that combines both Cree and French. You’ll be surprised how much you recognize!
    Compete in physical challenges like the voyageurs did each year when they arrived at York Factory. Get ready to carry heavy items, run foot races, throw objects, and aim at a target.
    This game was first played by the Cree women, but was passed down to the Métis as well. It is similar to lacrosse, but the double ball and stick used will challenge your throwing and catching skills!
    This traditional Métis line dance shows the excitement of hunting! The class will learn a few simple steps and have fun while dancing and trying to catch their opponent at the same time!
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    Price:

    • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $215
    • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $415 
    • This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 9
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories, and People of Alberta
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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    Christmas Programs

    Christmas at the Park

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    90%
    Guided Tour
    10%
    • Available: November – December
    • Parent Volunteers Require: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Sharing traditions has always been a part of Christmas in Edmonton. Discover the food, songs and games brought to Edmonton that are part of the celebration of the season. Which three of following would you like to add to your experience:
    Choose which three of the following activities you'd like included
    • Bake sugar cookies 
    • Make a pomander
    • Make candy
    • Make a Christmas ornament
    • Sing Christmas carols
    • Write a letter to Santa
    • Dressing up and creating a tableaux of the nativity scene
    • Learn a dance
    • Listen to a story and decorate the Christmas tree

    Price: $215
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    • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.1 Canada’s Dynamic Communities
    • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.2 A Community in the Past
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories, and People of Alberta
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges

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    Fur Trade Christmas

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    90%
    Guided Tour
    10%
    • Available: November – December
    • Parent Volunteers Require: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Celebrate the holidays with a round of traditional games indoors or snowshoeing outdoors (if weather permits). Discover the ceremony and traditions of gift giving, which was an integral part of the fur trade. You’ll get a chance to hear stories and sing carols around the fire in the impressive Rowand House. Learn how to dance a reel and refresh yourself with a warm drink.
     
    Activities Include
    • Snowshoeing
    • Indigenous games
    • Christmas stories
    • Dances

    Price: $215

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 9
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    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions

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    Kinder Christmas Party

    Length of Program
    1.5 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    90%
    Guided Tour
    10%
    • Available: November – December
    • Parent Volunteers Require: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Join us as we prepare for and celebrate Christmas. Help us bake cookies, decorate the tree and prepare for the Christmas pageant. Choose from either decorating a tree using the lyrics of the 12 Days of Christmas as inspiration, or dressing up and creating a tableaux of the nativity scene:

     

    Activities Include
    • Cook on a wood stove
    • Bake sugar cookies
    • Decorating a Christmas tree using the lyrics of the 12 days of Christmas as inspiration
    • Dressing up and creating a tableaux of the nativity scene
    • Make a Christmas tree ornament

    Price: $185

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    • Kindergarten Being Together – K.1 I Am Unique
    • Kindergarten Being Together- K.2 I Belong

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    Fur Trade Fort Tour

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    10%
    Guided Tour
    90%
    • Available: Year round
    • Parent Volunteers Require: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    In 1846, Fort Edmonton is a diverse community that exists to trade. Its success was based on collaboration with the Indigenous peoples around them. You’ll explore the trade store, the homes of the labourers and tradesmen, and the Chief Factor’s massive home. What did each person contribute to the development and success of Fort Edmonton?

    Price:

    • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $185
    • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $320
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    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories, and People of Alberta
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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    My World: Exploring the Past

    Length of Program
    1.5 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    25%
    Guided Tour
    75%
    • Available:  Year round
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Visiting neighbours, going to school and playing with friends, how was life different being a kid in Edmonton in the past? Explore your community while learning how chores, games and family were back in time. Please note activities vary depending on the season.
    Activities Include
    • Handle artifacts
    • Tour multiple historic buildings
    • Meet farm animals
    • Pioneer school lesson
    • Visit the hardware store

    Price:

    • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $165
    • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $275
    • This program can adjusted for Grades 1 to 6

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    • Gr.1 Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting – 1.1 My World: Home, School, Community,
    • Gr.1 Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting – 1.2 Moving Forward with the Past: My Family, My History and My Community,
    • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.1 Canada’s Dynamic Communities,
    • Gr.2 Communities in Canada – 2.2 A Community in the Past,
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
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    Time Traveller Tour

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    0%
    Guided Tour
    100%
    • Available:  Year round
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Walk through 150 years of Edmonton’s past and explore the fur trade, settlement and municipal eras. Students will learn about the history of the community: its lifestyle, technology and culture. Examine artifacts and explore the businesses that kept Edmonton bustling. This walking tour can accommodate other curriculum links and tie to larger themes. Suggestions include cultural traditions, celebrations and identity.

    Also available in French.

    Price:

    • September 2016- May 21, 2017 $185
    • May 22, 2017-June 30, 2017  $320
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    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.1 Alberta: A Sense of the Land
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.2 The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta,
    • Gr.4 Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 5.1 Physical Geography of Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories,and Stories – 5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identify
    • Gr.6 Democracy: Action and Participation – 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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    First Nations in Canada

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    50%
    Guided Tour
    50%
    • Available: September – April,
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Available at Fort Edmonton Park or in your classroom.

    All across what is now Canada, First Nations groups adapted their environment to their needs. Use your detective skills to investigate archival photographs and find out how groups across Canada used plants, animals, and other natural resources to survive. Students will handle artifacts used by Indigenous peoples before and after contact with Europeans, and will discover the cultural diversity that exists between First Nations groups.

    Activities can include:
    • Handle artifacts
    • investigate archival photographs

    Price: $215

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 2 to 12

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    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.1 Physical Geography of Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identify
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    Fight for Rights

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    50%
    Guided Tour
    50%
    • Available: September -April
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Who were the Famous Five? Did you know about their connection to Edmonton and Alberta? Explore the lives and legacies of these remarkable women when they fought for individual and women’s rights at the turn of the century. We will debate, analyze and court the system to how these ladies changed the face of democracy in Canada..

    Activities can include
    • Handle artifacts
    • Tour multiple historic buildings
    • Role Play

    Price: $185

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 12

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    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identify
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    West of Confederation

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    50%
    Guided Tour
    50%
    • Available: September – April
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Confederation was not just an event in Upper and Lower Canada; it was felt throughout the country – especially in Alberta. How was the merging of this great nation felt across the territories? Learn how the First Nation peoples, the Northwest Mounted Police and citizens of Edmonton experienced Confederation and its aftermath through role play and archival propaganda study.

    Activities can include
    • Handle artifacts
    • Tour multiple historic buildings
    • Role Play

    Price: $185

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 12

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    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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    Law & Order

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    50%
    Guided Tour
    50%
    • Available: September – April
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    As they heard the sound of the bugle and set off on their Great March West, the Mounties thought they were marching towards glory. When they finally arrived in the Edmonton area, they found a different situation than they had imagined.  Train as a Mountie in order to help maintain law & order by first going through recruitment, making part of your uniform and then help to find contraband items. You can help the Mounties maintain command in the small, growing settlement of Edmonton.

    Activities:
    • Handle artifacts
    • Tour multiple historic buildings
    • Role Play

    Price: $185

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 12

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    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 5.1 Physical Geography of Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories, and Stories – 5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories, and Stories 5.2.7 examine, critically, how the North West Mounted Police shaped ways of life in Canada
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    Soldier in Time

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    45%
    Guided Tour/Presentation
    55%
    • Available: September – April
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Available at Fort Edmonton Park or in your classroom.

    Through First World War soldier Alwyn Bramley Moore’s letters home to his children, students will get a first-hand account of the front lines of the First World War. How did he feel at the start of the war and did it change? What did his company do? Get battle ready through various drills. What do we learn about Canada and its place in the world through the legacy of the First World War?

    Activities:
    • Handle artifacts
    • Letter writting
    • Role Play
    • Learn about trench warfare

    Price:$215

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 12

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    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada,
    • Gr.5 Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories – 5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identify
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    La Riviere Rouge et Vous

    Length of Program
    2 Hours
    Hands On Activity
    45%
    Guided Tour/Presentation
    55%
    • Available: September – April
    • Chaperones Required: 3
    • Morning Program Start Time: 9:15 AM
    • Afternoon Program Start Time: 12:15 PM

    Overview:

    Certains l’appellent un héros, d’autres proposent qu’il est traître : Louis Riel est un des chefs les plus contestés de l’histoire canadienne. Amenez votre classe au Fort Edmonton pour apprendre si les colons de la région d’Edmonton se sont ralliés derrière lui ou s’ils étaient d’accord avec le gouvernement canadien. Explorer la rue de 1885 pour mieux comprendre le rôle des francophones de la région d’Edmonton pendant ces conflits. Les groupes vont se diviser et examiner des sources primaires tels que des articles de journal, des lettres et des histoires pour mieux comprendre la perspective des différents groupes, face à la Résistance du Nord-Ouest. Ils vont voir ce que la population a décidé de faire en réalité. Chaque groupe va préparer un sketch pour démontrer ce qui s’est réellement passé en 1885. Les groupes doivent présenter leurs scénettes devant la classe.

    Uniquement disponible en français

    Activities:
    • Manipuler artefacts
    • Tour de multiples bâtiments historiques
    • Préparer un sketch pour démontrer ce qui s’est réellement passé en 1885

    Price:$215

    This program can be adjusted for Grades 4 to 9

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    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.1 Toward Confederation
    • Gr.7 Canada: Origins, Histories, and Movement of People – 7.2 Following Confederation: Canadian Expansions
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    Unstructured Self-Guided Field Trip

    Available during the Park’s public season

    If you’re planning on bringing a school group to the park for an unstructured self-guided tour, please register using the form below and save 30% off regular admission. (see form for conditions)

    You will receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details for your self-guided/independent field trip. 

    All Park admissions now include Midway Rides, Penny Arcade and Tom Thumb Mini-Golf, as well as all period transportation.
    *does not include Midway games of skill.