Daytime Class Outings

Daytime Class Outings

Class monitors accompany their groups on planned outings around the city which are related to the content of the courses they are taking. They often have a task to complete assigned by their teachers.

Mount Royal Park

The mountain is great to visit – it allows lots of photo opportunities and a fun excursion. Make sure your students are prepared the day before – tell them to bring appropriate shoes, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, etc. Click here for an interactive map and here for Google Maps. There are different ways to get there.

Mount Royal viewed from the east1) walking up the stairs – go up McTavish or Peel to join the stairs at the top of Peel. This route is steep and some students will complain, but it is pretty efficient way to get from McGill to the Belvedere. One possibility is to take the bus up, and take the stairs down.

2) bus – a nice way to explore the mountain is to take the metro to Guy-Concordia, then take the 165 bus to the Elgin stairs (the bus stops right in front of the stairs – right across Côte-des-Neiges from the big château-like apartment building – it is the next stop after Cedar/Côte-des-Neiges). You walk up the stairs, and you are near Beaver Lake. From there, you can walk over to the Belvedere (past Maison Smith on the way). The 165 bus is very frequent.

3) bus – another way is to take Bus 11 from Mount-Royal metro. The 11 isn’t too frequent. You need to check the schedule carefully so you don’t stand around waiting, but this gives the students another perspective. There is a new bus in the summer 2017 from Metro Mont-Royal to Metro Snowdon, via Saint Joseph’s Oratory and the mountain. The number is 711.

When at the Belvedere, make sure you go into the Chalet (built in 1932 as a make-work project during the Depression) to see the squirrel figures in the rafters and point out the paintings of Montreal history. There are bathrooms in the basement. If you plan to take the group to the cross (31 metres tall, built in 1924, the original was put there by De Maisonneuve in 1643), give yourself time for the walking loop.

Image courtesy Montrealais, Wikimedia Commons

Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal

Notre Dame Basilica is must-see for all Montreal visitors. LIC now has an account at Notre-Dame, and they will bill us for the total number of visitors we send.

Notre Dame Basilica and Place d'ArmesPick up abond’échange from the office the same day you are going. At the basilica, hand in the form with the correct date and number of visitors in your group.

When you go to Notre Dame Basilica, it is an opportunity to explore Old Montreal a little. There are several free options:

  • Visit the old Bank of Montreal across Place d’Armes – the main branch area is beautiful, and there is a little museum.
  • Visit the RBC building a block or so west down Notre Dame Street – this is another cathedral of money – very beautifully decorated. Now it is a coffee shop – definitely worth a visit.
  • Point out interesting architectural features in Old Montreal.
  • Walk over to City Hall and Place Jacques Cartier.
  • Stop in a larger souvenir shop (they are basically all the same).

To get there, take the Green line metro towards Honoré-Beaugrand and get off at Place des Arts metro station. From there, you can walk through the mall areas until you get to Place D’Armes. If you are unfamiliar with that route, take the Green line metro towards Berri-UQAM metro station and switch to the Orange line (direction Côte-Vertu). Get off at Place D’Armes metro station and walk up the hill towards the direction of the Old Port and the church is along the way. The address is:

110 Notre-Dame St W. Map

(514) 842-2925

Image courtesy Jeangagnon, Wikimedia Commons

Jean Talon Market

It can take quite a while to get from McGill to Jean-Talon Market by metro, so please plan accordingly. There may be a task to complete assigned by the teacher. The point is to explore the market and possibly the Little Italy neighbourhood. This is a good opportunity to talk about living in Montreal for Montrealers, and to discuss ethnic neighbourhoods. The market opened in 1933. Little Italy developed mainly after the waves of Italian immigration following WW2. There are roughly 250,000 Montrealers of Italian ancestry.

Jean-Talon MarketTo get there, take the Green line metro (direction Honoré-Beaugrand) to Berri-UQAM to switch to the Orange line (direction Montmorency) and get off at Jean-Talon metro station. Follow the signs in the metro station to take the correct exit. The address is:

Jean-Talon Market

7070 Henri Julien Ave Map

(514) 937-7754

Image courtesy Eberhard von Nellenburg, Wikimedia Commons


Penguins at the BiodomeThe instructor will have done a unit on Canadian animals before your visit. Try to get the students to talk about animals and work on their vocabulary. They can enjoy the gift shop after, and take the time to walk outside to get some views and photos of the Olympic Stadium from different angles. Monitorshave to take the reservation and confirmation number to the ticket boothand then we will be billed within 4 to 6 weeks after the event with the correct number.

To get there, take the Green line metro towards Honoré-Beaugrand and get off at Viau metro station. Follow the signs in the metro station to take the correct exit. The address is:

4777 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave Map

(514) 868-3000


Please check with the teacher about any preparatory work done with for the Planetarium visit. This visit will be the same day as the Biodome and sometimes it is hard to coordinate between the two. To prepare for the visit, make sure to ask when the English presentations are or check the website here, so that you can get your group there at the right time either before or after the Biodome.

The Planetarium is right across from the Biodome. Follow the signs from the Biodome to get there. It is also connected by a tunnel from the lower level.

Image courtesy ilikepie2221, Wikimedia Commons

Le Petit Navire and the Old Port

This zero-emission boat tour is from the Jacques-Cartier pier. The booking will be made for the entire class, and the tour lasts 45 minutes. If the guide’s English explanations aren’t clear, re-cast them in simpler, clearer English so the students can complete their worksheet, answering questions about the piers, the Lachine Canal, Habitat ‘67, the rapids, the clock tower, etc. After the tour, explore the Old Port a little (click here for a PDF map) – go over to the clock tower. You can climb to the top and take pictures. You could walk through Marché Bonsecours for some different souvenir shopping, or check out Notre-Dame de Bonsecours Church, built in 1771 (replacing a burnt-down chapel built 1655). Remember when visiting churches to ensure your group is attired properly, and remind them it is a place of worship.

Le Petit Navire Boat TourTo get there, take the Green line (direction Honoré-Beaugrand) to Berri-UQAM metro station and then switch to the Orange line (direction Côte-Vertu). From there, get off at Champ-de-Mars metro station and walk to the harbour area of the Old Port. The address is:

Jacques-Cartier Pier Map

(514) 602-1000

McCord Museum

CBC Television Workshop

doing the CBC activityFor this activity, the students will have been introduced and slightly prepared beforehand in their classrooms with their teachers. The students will participate in a workshop at CBC where they film a newscast with their class and put their English speaking skills to the test. There is usually one monitor afternoon  where you will help the students prepare to go to CBC on another afternoon (sometimes morning). In their classrooms, you and the other monitors are responsible for ensuring that all students know what role they have in the newscast (e.x. host, weather reporter, camera person, lights person, etc.) and then rehearse the lines with the students. There will be two tapings where the students’ roles change, so the monitors need to plan for the students to be able to practice both roles. The technical roles stay the same for both tapes, only the on camera roles change. These are this year’s scripts and organizer handbooks:

2016-2017 CBC World Express teleprompter script

2016-2017 CBC World Express handbook

2016-2017 Ici Le Monde Express teleprompter script

2016-2017 Ici Le Monde Express cahier

The teachers will give hard copies of the script to the students, and they will have access to recordings of the different parts so they can listen to help them practice in advance.

On the day of the outing, the reservations have been made and the activity begins at 1:00 PM at Maison de Radio-Canada. Groups should be leaving the school before 12:30 to allow for enough time to travel there so please organize your time accordingly with the other monitors. This is the one day that you will start a bit earlier than usual and if you cannot be there, please let us know. The students’ morning class will end early to give them time to eat their bag lunch so they are ready to leave at 12:30.

Groups with reservations must all arrive and enter together. Once inside, students will complete the TV workshop first, and then take the tour of the building. The guides sometimes drop names of famous Quebec TV stars that our students have never heard of – ask the guide before starting the tour to keep it general.

There is no need for a food break for the students, but perhaps a bathroom break in between before the tour. This event usually ends around 4:30-5:00 PM.

One class monitor should be responsible for returning to the office with a labelled DVD (use a Sharpie to ID class and section) of the newscast from the workshop for the office staff to convert and put on our private Youtube channel, so it can be shared with the students.

 To get there, take the Green line (direction Honoré-Beaugrand) and get off at Beaudry metro station. Then, walk to the building from there. The address is:

Maison de Radio-Canada

1400 Boulevard René-Lévesque E. Map

(514) 597-5000

Botanical Garden

The Amazing McGill Race (Summer)

The Amazing Underground Race (Winter)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsMontreal’s main art museum is a standard outing in winter programs, and optional in the summer. Groups can visit the permanent collection for free or very cheaply.

The group entrance for the museum is on Bishop Street. Click here for the map of the museum to find the group entrance. The permanent collection is free. Reservations have been made for the whole class, so youhave to arrive at the same time.They have a place for groups to leave bags. After you get in, please separate and go to different places. The International Art Collection (in the “new building”), the Contemporary Art section (basement) and the Canadian collection (in the old Church building) are three different places to start. There is a worksheet for the students to complete as homework for their visit. Sometimes the students have to be reminded not to touch the works of art, and that museums are usually a quiet place.

To get there, walk down Sherbrooke street towards Concordia University until you reach Bishop street. The address is:

1380 Sherbrooke St W. Map

(514) 285-2000

Image courtesy Jeangagnon, Wikimedia Commons

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

Saint Joseph's OratoryOne of the largest churches in Canada, this shrine to Brother André (canonized in 2010) is a testament to the significance of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec’s history.

The office makes reservation for groups to go, but you may need cash  – bring a receipt back. Tell the students about Brother André and the history of the construction of the church. Make sure you check out the crypt with all the crutches and canes of people who were miraculously cured by Saint Joseph and the garden outside.

Time and weather permitting, take a walk in the adjacent stations of the cross park.

To get there, either take the 165 from Guy-Concordia to Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, or take the metro to Côte-des-Neiges station (blue line – it takes a long time with all the changes) and walk to the place. There is also the 711 bus from Snowdon or Mont-Royal in the summer.

The address is:

3800 Queen Mary Rd. Map

(514) 733-8211

Image courtesy Pablo Costi Baldi, Wikimedia Commons

Maison Saint Gabriel

The main building of a farm in Point Saint-Charles run by the sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal for over 300 years, Maison Saint Gabriel is a museum dedicated to life in 17th century New France.

Hospital Visit

Some students on short immersion programs are students at medical schools such as Saint Luke’s International University in Tokyo. For these partners, we offer visits to medical facilities as on option.

Olympic Stadium

The legacy of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics is the Big O.

Château Ramezay

Once the mansion of the governor during the French colonial regime, this museum in Old Montreal has many historical artifacts.