Canal: Walking the Post-Industrial Lachine Canal is an audiowalk that takes listeners from the Atwater Market to the Saint Gabriel Lock in Montreal. Throughout the walk, residents and workers share their memories from the area and guide the listener through the city’s history.
Whether you live in Montreal or not, you and your students can explore Montreal’s rich history with an audiowalk that includes a map, audio, and accompanying booklet.
The Canal project was launched in 2013 and is a great example of how a city’s history can be shared in a new and interactive way. Created by Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in partnership with Parks Canada, the Canal audiowalk is available in both English and French. This would be great for French Immersion classes.
Using Canal as a framework, challenge your students to create an audiowalk of their own. Whether it is based on this history of the school hallways or the community’s history, this can be a fun and challenging activity to get students out of their seats and learning about the history that surrounds them.