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  • City of Ottawa Activities for Archaeology Month 2014

    City of Ottawa Activities for Archaeology Month 2014

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    In the year 2000, the Archéo-Québec Network designated August as Archaeology Month. Every year since, tens of thousands of residents and touists to the Province of Quebec visit fascinating archaeological activities accessible to everyone. In 2014, more than 100 archaeological activities are being presented across Québec and in the National Capital Region through a unique partnership between the City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, National Capital Commission and Archéo-Québec.

    The Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation are proud to participate in Archaeology Month through exhibits at City Hall, at Colonel By Day, and in the cultural centres in each community. These presentations honour the heritage of the Algonquin Anishinabeg people, their ncestors and predecessors in the National Capital Region and in Algonquin Anishinabeg traditional territory.

    Please take in as many of Archaeology Month’s activities as possible. You will be amazed!

    For information please go to


    Archaeology Exhibition @ City Hall


    This archaeology exhibition presents pre-contact and historical archaeology related to the Ottawa and surrounding areas. The exhibit is a collaborative initiative produced by the Museums and Heritage Programs Unit (City of Ottawa) and the Cultural Development and Initiatives team (City of Ottawa) in partnership with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation (Omamawininni Pimadjwowin – The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre) and the Cultural Education Centre at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.

    Ottawa City Hall; 110 Laurier Avenue West; Main Floor; Ottawa, Ontario


    Tuesday, August 5th to Tuesday, September 2nd, continuous – 9 am. to 5 pm.

    Free admission


    Can You Dig It?


    Unearth Ottawa’s best kept secrets by digging into our outdoor, hands-on archaeology program! Each one of these weekly programs focuses on a different aspect of archaeology, and delves into the past by having children participate in archaeological digs to discover buried artefacts. Topics range from how to set up a digging grid, to artifact dating techniques, to making a time capsule. Ages 6 – 12

    Billings Estate National Historic Site; 2100 Cabot Street; Ottawa, Ontario



    Explorers’ Club


    88 acres on the Ottawa River? What better place could there be in Ottawa for an Explorers’ Club? Families can spend time together learning about the history, natural heritage, and eco-systems of the site with different activities each week as they explore for insects and wildlife, keep their eyes open for geology, and uncover new archaeological secrets. Ages 8 – 12

    Pinhey’s Point Historic Site; 270 Pinhey’s Point Road; Dunrobin, Ontario


    Saturdays in August from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


    Colonel By Day


    Colonel By Day presented by Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO/COPO) in partnership with Parks Canada and the Bytown Museum will have The Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society providing a demonstration of Flinting knapping.

    Alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier

    August 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.


    Archaeological Tour of Parliament Hill


    The Parliament Hill Archaeological Tour will commence at the Queen Elizabeth Statue which is on the east side of the Centre Block, and conclude near the corner of Wellington and Lyon. The tour will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 20 years on the Parliament and West Parliament Hill, documenting its continued value over the past 175 years.

    Guide: Hugh Daechsel, Principal and Senior Archeologist with Golder Associates, Ltd.

    Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario


    Sunday, August 10th from 2 to 4 pm. (2 hour duration)

    In English only

    Parliament Hill is mostly accessible but good walking shoes should be worn

    No reservations required

    $5.00 for members of Heritage Ottawa and $10.00 for non-members

    Open to all ages, although probably most appropriate for adults over 16 years of age

    Unearthing the Diefenbunker


    Providing information on the above ground industrial archaeological features of the National Historic Site, as well as features which are buried. These features are evidence of Canada’s will to survive a nuclear attack during the Cold War.

    August 1st to August 31st, 2014, open 7 days a week from 11 am. to 4 pm.

    Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum; 3911 Carp Road; Carp, Ontario

    613-839-0007 or 1-800-409-1965

    Adults – $14.00 + HST
    Seniors – $13.00 + HST
    Students – $10.00 + HST
    Youth (6-18) – $8.00 + HST
    Family rate (2 adults, 5 youth) – $40.00 + HST
    Children 5 and under are free

    Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Education Centre


    Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Education Centre’s collection consists of objects, ranging from ceremonial, hunting and trapping items, to canoe and water transportation, to military paraphernalia. The Algonquin Anishinabeg continue to be a vital and thriving community that looks forward to the future with pride as they value and respect their past and their ancestors.

    August 1 to 31, 2014, 8:30 am. to 3:30 pm.

    Kitigan Zibi Anishinbeg Cultural Centre; 54 Makwa Mikan; Maniwaki, Quebec


    $8.00 per person

    The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre (Manido Chiman Collection)


    The Manido Chiman Collection is under the stewardship of Omàmiwinini Pimàdjwowin (OP) on behalf of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. The collection is a ‘living collection’ as many of the objects are of ceremonial and cultural significance. The Manido Chiman Collection consists of approximately 600 objects, ranging from ceremonial, hunting and trapping items to canoe and water transportation to military paraphernalia. Some notable cultural objects include canoes made by local families, World War I medals, dance regalia, archaeological stone tools, archival photos and newspaper clippings, and information on local indigenous medicines.

    August 1 to 31, 2014, 10 am. to 4 pm.

    The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre (Collection Manido Chiman); 1674 Mishomis Inamo; Pikwàkanagàn, Ontario
    Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation

    Admission by donation


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