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  • Explore local history and culture during Archaeology Month 2017

    Explore local history and culture during Archaeology Month 2017

    If you’re interested in archaeology, then Ottawa is the place to be during Archaeology Month, which takes place August 1 to 31. Here are some of the activities happening in and around Ottawa during Archaeology Month:

    Archaeology Exhibit @ Ottawa City Hall

    City Hall, Main Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

    Produced by the City of Ottawa’s Museums and Heritage Programs Unit in partnership with the Cultural Education Centre at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, the exhibit presents pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and surrounding areas. Archaeological treasures from the City of Ottawa Museums archaeology collection, as well as many artefacts uncovered and preserved during the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project, will be showcased. They will paint a picture of the city’s history and tell the stories of those who came before us.

    DETAILS

    Date: From August 1st to 31st 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Activity fee: Free
    Admission fee: Free; underground paid parking
    Languages: English and French
    Waiting list: No
    Access for disabled visitors: Yes

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Restaurant on site: Yes
    Picnic area: Yes
    Family activities: Yes
    Guided tours: No
    Animation on site: No

    Partner groups: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation

    Contact: John Maker, Exhibition Development& Research Officer, 613-580-2424, ext. 30647

    Exhibit @ Kitigan Zibi Anishinbeg Cultural Centre

    Kitigan Zibi Anishinbeg Cultural Centre
    54 Makwa Mikan
    Maniwaki, QC

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

    The 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.

    DETAILS

    Date: From August 1st to 31st 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Activity fee: $8/person
    Admission fee: Free
    Languages: English and French
    Waiting list: No
    Access for disabled visitors: Yes

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Restaurant on site: No
    Picnic area: Yes
    Family activities: Yes
    Guided tours: No
    Animation on site: No

    Contact: Sylvia Morin, Coordinator, 819-441-1655; www.kzadmin.com/cultural.aspx

    Parliament Hill: An Archaeological Tour

    Meet at the Queen Elizabeth statue, located at the east side of the Centre Block, Ottawa

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

    This tour, led by Hugh Daechsel, Senior Archaeologist, Golder Inc., will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 20 years on Parliament and West Parliament Hill, documenting its continued use over the past 175 years.

    DETAILS

    Date: August 13, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Activity fee: $10/person ($5 for members of Heritage Ottawa)
    Admission fee: Free
    Language: English
    Waiting list: No
    Access for disabled visitors: Partial

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Restaurant on site: No
    Picnic area: Yes
    Family activities: Yes
    Guided tours: Yes
    Animation on site: Yes

    Contact: David Jeanes, President, Heritage Ottawa, 613-230-8841; www.heritageottawa.org

    Archaeological dig @ Pinhey’s Point

    Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
    270 Pinhey’s Point Road
    Dunrobin, ON K0A 1T0

    613 832-4347

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

    Exploring the history, natural heritage, and eco-systems of Pinhey’s Point and uncover new archaeological secrets. Families can spend time together learning about the history, natural heritage and eco-systems on the site, with activities directed by an archaeologist (Ian Badgley) who will provide interpretation of the site.

    DETAILS

    Date: August 19 and August 21, 2017,
    from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Activity fee: Free
    Admission fee: Free
    Languages: English and French
    Waiting list: No
    Access for disabled visitors: Partial

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Restaurant on site: No
    Picnic area: Yes
    Family activities: Yes
    Guided tours: Yes
    Animation on site: Yes

    Contact : Michele LeBoldus, President, Pinhey’s Point Foundation, 613-832-1249

    Diefenbunker

    Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
    3929 Carp Road
    Ottawa, ON K0A 1L0

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

    “Cache 3929”: Hunt for top secret geocaches on the grounds ABOVE Canada’s Cold War Museum. Although geared to children and families, this unique program is sure to be fun for geocaching enthusiasts of all ages. Visit geocaching.com for full details! August 1 to August 31.

    Equipped with a map of the grounds and the NATO phonetic alphabet, visitors of all ages are challenged to uncover some of the unique outdoor features on the grounds of this Historic Site.

    Archaeology Month: Behind-the-scenes Facility Tours | August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Join us for weekly behind-the-scenes tours of several of the Diefenbunker’s industrial features, both above ground and buried (including the Machine Room!). For safety reasons, these tours are limited to visitors aged 15 and older. Flat, close-toed footwear is required. The tours will enter areas that are not wheelchair accessible and may present challenges to people with mobility issues. Maximum 12 people.

    DETAILS

    Date: August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 2017, at 10 a.m. – behind the scenes tours
    Reservation required: Please call 613-839-0007 to reserve your spot in advance
    Activity fee: Included in the price of general admission
    Admission fee: Adults: $14
    Seniors: $13
    Students: $10
    Children (6 to 18 years): $8 ; Children (5 years and under): Free
    Families (2 adults and 5 children maximum): $40
    Languages: English by bilingual guides
    Waiting list: No
    Access for disabled visitors: Partial

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Restaurant on site: No
    Picnic area: Yes
    Family activities: Yes
    Guided tours: Yes
    Animation on site: Yes

    Contact: Kelly Eyamie, Marketing and Business Development Manager, 613-839-0007, ext. 265, or 1 800 409-1965; http://diefenbunker.ca/

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