Montgomery’s Inn has been a landmark in Etobicoke for over 180 years. Now surrounded by a rapidly expanding metropolis, it continues to provide visual evidence of early 19th-century life in this region. Today, the museum has been restored to its heyday of 1847 and extends the tradition of hospitality that the Montgomerys started in the 1830s.

To book a school trip to Montgomery’s Inn, please contact the museum directly:

4709 Dundas Street West
montinn@toronto.ca
416-394-8113

This interactive, hands-on program uses puppetry and storytelling to explore what life was like in an 1840s Inn. Students discover the Inn with Magda, Mrs. Montgomery’s eccentric cat.

  • Compare ways of heating, lighting, eating, washing, sleeping, working and playing
  • Help the cook in the open-hearth kitchen prepare a 19th century recipe

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subjects: Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being and Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics
Topics: 1, 2, 3, 11, 21, 25, 28

Join Richard Clarence, Catherine Parr Trail’s hero from The Young Emigrants, on a journey to the new World. Bid farewell to your homeland and set sail! Experience the voyage of one of Canada’s early immigrants and discover his impressions on arrival

  • Take a tour of the Inn and learn about the people that passed through its doors
  • Through props and artifacts piece together the story of Richard’s journey and then re-enact it! Follow the route Richard took to arrive at his destination in Upper Canada
  • Help the cook prepare an historic recipe in our open-hearth kitchen
  • Program can be combined with Time Travelling at the Inn for a full-day experience.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subjects: Social Studies and Language
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Oral Communication: Listening to Understand; Reading: Reading for Meaning

Students follow a mysterious Irish servant around the Inn and, through a series of clues, piece together her story. Drama is used to explore the experiences of some of Canada’s less affluent early immigrants and the difficult choices they had to make.

  • Explore the different societal reasons for immigration
  • Students perform chores in the open-hearth kitchen
  • May be combined with “Set Sail!” for a full-day program

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subjects: Social Studies and Drama
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

In 1854, Tavern keeper Thomas Montgomery of Etobicoke provided a new life for Joshua Glover after his narrow escape from slavery in the U.S. Students will learn about Glover’s arrival in Canada via the Underground Railroad through the medium of music, songs, dance, an audio visual presentation and an active tour of the restored Inn.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 3 subjects: Social Studies, Dance and Music
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 6 subjects: Social Studies, Dance and Music
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 7 subjects: History, Dance and Music
Topics: Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Montgomery’s Inn provided employment and amusement for the people of 19th century rural Etobicoke, which can still be experienced first-hand! Following a tour of the recently restored Inn, students will:

  • Concoct a delicious drink in the Inn’s kitchen
  • Cavort in the Inn’s ballroom where they will learn an amusing 19th century country dance, and then
  • Carouse in the tavern where they will belly-up to the bar and consume their very own concoction (non-alcoholic of course)

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 3 subjects: Social Studies and Dance
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 6 subjects: Social Studies and Dance
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 7 subjects: History and Dance
Topics: Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Don’t miss this unique theatre-in-education project designed by renowned educator Dr. Warwick Dobson. This imaginative participatory drama program explores the joys and struggles of immigrants from two different cultural backgrounds: Rose, alone for the first time and working as an Irish servant at Montgomery’s Inn and Clara, who escaped on the Underground Railroad and seeks freedom in the cold north of Canada.

5 hours
Min. 30 students; Max. 35 students
$10.62 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 3 subjects: Social Studies and Drama
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Creating and Presenting; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

Grade 6 subjects: Social Studies and Drama
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present; Creating and Presenting; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

Grade 7 subjects: History and Drama
Topics: Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges; Creating and Presenting; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

Grade 8 subjects: History and Drama
Topics: Creating Canada, 1850-1890; Creating and Presenting; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

Issues of food security, seasonality, and local food production are explored through the lens of Victorian Toronto. During the visit students will:

  • Take a walking tour of museum grounds, reimagining the farm & outbuildings (ice house, smoke house, root cellar) as they would have been
  • Participate in an ‘Apple Bee,’ (a communal event at which apples were prepared for drying) while learning about traditional means of preserving the harvest
  • Debate the relative merits of local vs. imported food, while enjoying both (local apple cider mulled with imported spices)

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 9 subjects: Canadian & World Studies, Healthy Active Living Education
Topics: Issues in Canadian Geography; Healthy Living

Grade 10 subject: Healthy Active Living Education
Topic: Healthy Living

This interactive, hands-on program uses puppetry and storytelling to explore what the holiday season was like in 19th century Etobicoke. Students discover holiday traditions around the Inn with Magda, Mrs. Montgomery’s eccentric cat.

  • Compare ways of heating, lighting, eating, washing, sleeping, working and playing
  • Help the cook in the open-hearth kitchen prepare a 19th century holiday recipe

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Kindergarten subjects: Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being and Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics
Topics: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 21, 25, 28

Grade 2 subject: Social Studies
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions

You are cordially invited to a Christmas celebration at the Inn. Winter was the time to visit and attend parties in 1840s Canada and the Inn continues this tradition

  • Compare 19th century winter activities, holiday traditions and decorations
  • Help prepare Christmas baking in the open hearth kitchen

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$3.98 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 2 subjects: Social Studies and Dance
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 3 subjects: Social Studies and Dance
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 6 subjects: Social Studies and Dance
Topics: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts