The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation brings archaeology to life at the Kingston Archaeological Centre. The Foundation celebrates Archaeology Week every year in June, and offers a series of Can You Dig It? summer camps for ages 9 and up. Through hands-on activities, participants learn about research, archaeological tools, excavation, and what happens after a dig. 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 the website: http://www.carf.info/.
Royal Ontario Museum has a large collection of dinosaur fossils, minerals, animals, art and Canadian history. One exhibit, open until Fall 2013, shows the historical significance of high fashion. Another tells stories of the War of 1812 from the point of view of First Nations warriors. There is also a hands-on learning center for children and programs for children and teens throughout the year. For more information, call Visitor Services at (416) 586-8000 or visit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en.
The Xaytem Interpretive Centre organizes archaeological activities and events, including school tours and educational workshops, for children in British Columbia. The Centre’s focus is the history and culture of the Sto:lo people, a First Nations Tribal Council. For more information, call (604) 820-9725, or go to: http://xaytem.ca/.
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society organizes archaeological programs with local teachers. It also supports Archaeology Month in June, where a variety of special events, such as site tours and powwows, are hosted throughout the province. For more information, call (306) 664-4124, or visit: http://www.saskarchsoc.ca/.
The Canadian Archaeological Society has a massive collection of links and information about archaeology in Canada and around the world, for kids and adults alike, on their website: http://www.canadianarchaeology.com.
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! The website also has information on other nearby archaeological locations. For more information, call (709) 458-2417, or visit: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows/index_e.asp.
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site offers a look at a reconstructed 18th-century French-fortified town. The town features cannons, ramparts, and a waterfront tavern. 2013 is the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Louisbourg, so special events will be held throughout the summer. For more information, call (902) 733-3552, or visit: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index_e.asp.
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. The park also offers day trips and summer camps. For more information, go to: http://www.albertaparks.ca/dinosaur.aspx.
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 check out the Cretaceous Gardens to see 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, call 1-888-440-4240 or visit the website at: http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/index.htm.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec is a great place to learn about 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, as well as several other educational programs. For more information, go to: http://www.civilization.ca/home.