Plan your school visit to our national landmark
This nationally significant historic attraction has been delivering educational school programs to the school community for over 50 years. We are proud to offer you and your students some of the most outstanding educational opportunities available in the province of Ontario.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS (April to June & September to November)
Half-day (2.5 hours) and full day programs (5 hours) available.
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National Indigenous Peoples Day
Winner of the 2018 Festival & Events Ontario “Best Youth Initiative” Award.
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Winter Live-In & Full-Day Programs (January to March)
Two programs to choose from:
- "The Moon of Wintertime": 24-HOUR or 48-HOUR live-in program which allows you to customize your experience and to choose your activities.
- "Winter in Wendake": 5-hour program available between 10 am and 4:30 pm.
Grade 5 Curriculum Links
1. Describe some of the positive and negative consequences of contact between Indigenous Peoples and Europeans in New France
2. Analyse aspects of early contact between Indigenous Peoples and Europeans in New France to determine the ways in which different parties benefited
Tours of the historic attraction, along with education programs, offer interactive activities that correspond in the development of learning outside of the classroom. All education programs at Sainte-Marie link with the new Ontario Curriculum which came into effect September 2018. In addition to relevant content, programs make use of the Concepts of Disciplinary Thinking such as Continuity and Change and Cause and Consequence. At Sainte-Marie students have the opportunity to engage in Social Studies and History in a way that gets them thinking about people, places, and ideas.
A wide variety of programs
Our skilled and experienced interpreters will teach and engage your students through exploration, story-telling, lively discussion, comparisons, and “hands-on” activities. They like kids and they love history. Their mission is to connect your class to the past, in a spirit of discovery and fun.
We offer half-day, full-day and winter programs to suit your teaching requirements. Programs can also be tailored for Secondary School levels and English as a Second Language students. A lunchroom has been designed especially for students bringing their own lunches. This bright and modern open concept facility accommodates 75 students and is wheelchair accessible. It is equipped with hand-washing stations, a juice and water vending machine, and knap-sack storage.
Discovery Harbour, our sister site located in nearby Penetanguishene, also offers enhanced education programs.