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  • Explore local history and culture during Archaeology Month in August

    Explore local history and culture during Archaeology Month in August

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    If you’re interested in archaeology, then Ottawa is the place to be during Archaeology Month, which takes place August 1 to 31. The City of Ottawa is hosting fun activities for enthusiasts of all ages at City Hall and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site.

    Here are some of the activities happening in and around Ottawa during Archaeology Month 2016:


    Archaeology @ Ottawa City Hall (exhibit)

    July 31 to August 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free!

    Produced by the City 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. The exhibit presents pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and surrounding.


    Sifting Through History (family activity)

    Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

    August 10 – 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free!

    Families can spend time together learning about the history, natural heritage, and eco-systems of the site. Uncover new archaeological secrets with the assistance of professional archaeologist, Ian Badgley.


    “Finding the forgotten: our canal labourers and families in Barrack Hill Cemetery” (lecture)

    Bytown Museum, near the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier (talk), staged by the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa

    Sunday, 31 July from 1:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free!

    A lecture by Dr. Janet Young, Curator, Physical Anthropology, Canadian Museum of History. For those interested, a guided tour with Heritage Ottawa will follow.


    Archaeology of LeBreton Flats (walking tour)

    Meet at the main entrance of the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario

    Sunday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The LeBreton Flats Archaeological Walking Tour (led by Hugh Daechsel and sponsored by Heritage Ottawa) will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 10 years in this section of the city of Ottawa.

    10 $ / person


    “Cache 3929” (family activity)

    Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

    August 1 to 31, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    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.

    Included with admission to the museum.


    Kitigan Zibi Anishinbeg Cultural Centre (exhibit)

    Maniwaki, Quebec

    August 1 to 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    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.

    Included with admission to the cultural centre.


    The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre (exhibit)

    1674 Mishomis Inamo, Golden Lake, Ontario

    August 1 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The 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.

    Admission by donation.

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