The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation brings archaeology to life at the Kingston Archaeological Center. They celebrate an Archaeology Week every year in June, and offer a series of Can You Dig It? summer archaeology camps for ages 9 and up. Participants learn about archaeological tools, recording, and mapping. They also have the opportunity to participate in real digs. The center also offers a variety of workshops and programs ranging from one hour to a whole day. For more information, call 613-542-3483, or visit its Web site at:
Royal Ontario Museum has a large collection of dinosaur fossils, minerals, animals, art and Canadian history. There is a hands on learning center for children and programs for children and teens throughout the year. For more information visit: http://www.rom.on.ca/index.php.
The Xaytem Interpretive Centre organizes archaeological activities and events, including school tours and educational workshops, for children in British Columbia. For more information, call 604-820-9725, or visit its Web site at:
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society organizes archaeological programs with local teachers for school children. For more information, call 306-664-4124, or visit its Web site at:
The Canadian Archaeological Society
The CAA boasts a massive collection of links and information about archaeology in Canada and around the world, for kids and adults alike, on their website:
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
The L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site offers a look at three reconstructed houses at the first known European settlement in the Americas. Tour the settlement, check out the visitor's center, and discover how the Vikings lived in North America! Their Web site also has information on other nearby archaeological locations. For more information, call 709-459-2417, or visit its Web site at:
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
The Fortress of Louisbourg offers a look at a reconstructed 18th-century French-fortified town. The town features cannons, ramparts, and a waterfront tavern. For more information, call 902-733-2280, or visit its Web site at:
Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta is one of North America's richest fossil fields. Stop by the visitor's center and check out some fossils, or go for a hike in the badlands and try to spot pronghorn antelope. They also offer day trips and summer camps. For information, try their Web site, at http://www.albertaparks.ca/dinosaur.aspx.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta, houses an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and reconstructions. Watch real paleontologists clean and prepare specimens, and (in fall of 2012 the exhibit is undergoing renovations until then) check out the Cetaceous Gardens to see real living examples of plants that were around in prehistoric times. The Museum also offers summer camps, guided hikes, and other interpretive programs. For more information, visit their website at http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/index.htm.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec (easily accessible from downtown Ottawa) is a great look at Canadian (and world) history, from the earliest First Peoples to modern culture. Kids will especially enjoy the walk-through representations of Canadian history, as well as the Children's Museum. The Museum offers day camps, along with a host of other programming. Check out their website at http://www.civilization.ca/home.
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