Programs & Experiences

School Programs

Father Lacombe Chapel, in partnership with the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert, offers a variety of curriculum-based education programs. To book a program, email registration@artsandheritage.ca.

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Living Long Ago (Grades 1-3)

Visit the Chapel, built in 1861, and learn what it was like to live in this part of Alberta more than 150 years ago!

Storytelling, bannock tasting, crafting, and discovering what a beaver’s fur actually feels like are all elements of this program as we introduce younger children to the people and places significant to this historic site.

Grades: 1-3

Dates available: May 15 to Labour Day

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost:

  • $4.50/student
  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 14 students

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum links include:

  • Community
  • Individual contributions to community
  • Changes over time

A Community in the Past (Grade 2)

Stepping into the Father Lacombe Chapel is like stepping back in time. Will students be able to spot what's modern and what's old? Along with learning how a building could be built without nails, students can taste bannock, participate in an interactive story, and learn how to make a simple sash.

Grades: 2

Dates available: May 15 to Labour Day

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost:

  • $4.50/student
  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 14 students

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum links include:

  • Dynamic and changing communities
  • Community contributors
  • Indigenous peoples

The Fur Trade Game (Grades 4-12)

Fur trading is an important part of Canadian history, but not everyone lived in a fort!

Communities, like the Mission of St. Albert, provided a place for families to live and support the fur trade by supplying food, furs, and horses. At the Chapel, children discover what the fur trade was all about through an interactive role playing game where they earn beaver pelts to trade at the local trading post for items that will help ensure they survive an 1800s Alberta winter.

Grades: 4-12

Dates available: May 15 to Labour Day

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost:

  • $4.50/student
  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 14 students

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum links include:

  • Fur trade
  • Stories about Alberta
  • Indigenous peoples

Mission Hill Tours (Grades 5-12)

Mission Hill in St. Albert is an ideal place to come and learn about the early history of Alberta. An interpreter will guide you and your students around the provincial historic site and reinforce learning with stories, objects, pictures, activities, and discussions about the Father Lacombe Chapel, Mission Hill, and the area we now call St. Albert.

Tours can be booked to include additional heritage sites, including Founder’s Walk, the Little White School, the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, and downtown St. Albert.

Grades: 5-12

Dates available: May 15 to Labour Day

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost:

  • $4.50/student
  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 14 students

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum links include:

  • Historical perspective
  • Oral history
  • History of Indigenous Peoples
  • People and their stories
  • Land and communities
  • Early Alberta