In Honour of Parks Canada's Centennial, Canada's History Declares its
Top Ten Ways to See, Hear and Touch the History of Our Country's Past
and Challenges Canadians to Add to the List
WINNIPEG, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - You can't travel back in time, but you can
travel across Canada to experience a wide variety of historical and
interactive getaways. From the monumental struggles between the British
and French and the eventual Acadian expulsion, to the Klondike Gold
Rush and the sacred sites now guided by the Haida Watchmen, the crucial
turning points that define our history still resonate with us today.
"These places bring the past alive in a way books and television can't.
People young and old can get a feel for what things were like in the
past. And for young people, a positive experience at a historic site
will often ignite a lifelong interest in further explorations of our
history and heritage," said Nelle Oosterom, Senior Editor of Canada's History magazine. "This special project is a fun way for us to do two things:
draw attention to ten National Historic Sites that we feel are leaders
in creating unforgettable visitor experiences and secondly, encourage
Canadians to tell us how they have been impressed, enthralled,
entertained, or enlightened at the historic places they've
Storied Places Contest
In honour of Parks Canada's centennial, Canada's History magazine and Adventure Canada invite you to share your stories. Whether
your experience is as a visitor, an employee, a volunteer or someone
who has helped to build or construct one of almost 1,000 National
Historic Sites, Canada's History wants to hear about your memories of these storied places.
Canadians of all ages are encouraged to write an essay of no more than
500 words about their favourite National Historic Site, and submit it
along with a photograph. Entries to the Storied Places Contest will be
accepted online at CanadasHistory.ca/StoriedPlaces, by email (email@example.com) or by regular mail to: Storied Places, Canada's History, Main Floor,
Bryce Hall, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9.
The grand prize is an all expenses paid cruise for two from Greenland to
Newfoundland tracing the Voyages of the Vikings and visiting one of our
top national historic sites, L'Anse aux Meadows. Other prizes will be
awarded for runners-up and honourable mentions. Deadline for entries is
July 25th, 2011.
There is also a school-based contest that will run until December 31st,
2011. Teachers and students who submit entries as part of a class
project will be eligible to win the "ultimate class field trip" to
Ottawa. Five regional prizes, involving a visit to a National Historic
Site are also available to be won. Details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca/UltimateParksFieldTrip.
Canada's History Lists Top 10 National Historic Sites of Canada
Canada's History has selected its top ten places that bring history alive in Canada on
the basis of historical significance and visitor experience. This is
the definitive "bucket list" for Canadian historical tourism. They are:
Fortress of Louisbourg, N.S. - Shine a Light on Canada's Seafaring Past
Louisbourg was once one of the busiest seaports in North America, thanks
to the lucrative cod fishery of the Grand Banks. France spent 26 years
constructing the strongest fortress on the continent. During the siege
of 1758, the British dismantled every stone and brick. In 1961, the
Canadian government began reconstructing the Fortress of Louisbourg and
it now spans five hectares and features fifty buildings.
L'Anse aux Meadows, N.L. - When Vikings Roamed Canada
Did you know that Vikings landed in Canada around the year 1000 C.E?
Imagine sitting by a fire in a Viking sod house in Newfoundland. A
reconstructed Viking village rests on the isolated northern tip of
Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula. Explore tales of Vikings travelling
to North America and experience how iron was first forged in the New
Grand-Pré, N.S. - On Broadway… Acadian Style
The heartbeat of Acadian history beats proudly in Grande-Pré, Nova
Scotia. In 1755, Acadian settlers were expelled from the Maritime
colonies and relocated to Britain, France and various British colonies.
Fortunately, a memorial and celebration of their way of life still
exists in the Annapolis Valley. Paintings of the deportation are on
display in the Memorial Church and interactive theatre portrays life in
Grand-Pré before the expulsion.
Fortifications of Québec City, Que. - North America's Only Fortified City
Thanks to the diligent efforts of Lord Dufferin, the Governor General of
Canada from 1872 to 1878, the old French walls of Québec were proudly
preserved for future generations. With layer upon layer of military
history dating back four centuries, this UNESCO World Heritage Site
tells the colourful story of Québec's military and urban past.
Rideau Canal, Ottawa-Kingston, Ont. - Waterway Built at a Huge Human Cost
Tension between British North America and the United States after the
War of 1812 sparked the construction of an alternate shipping link
between Montreal and the Great Lakes. This remarkable engineering feat
took five years to accomplish and required thousands of workers.
Malaria contracted from swamps along the way is estimated to have
killed 500 of the labourers, many of whom were recent Irish immigrants.
Lower Fort Garry, Man. - Heyday of the Fur Trade Comes Alive
The oldest stone fur trading post in North America, Lower Fort Garry was
the headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's vast trading empire.
Later, it was used as the first training base for the North West
Mounted Police. It was also the site of the signing of the first
numbered treaties and it later served as a penitentiary and insane
Batoche, Sask. - Métis Last Stand
The land southwest of Prince Albert is the site of the last battle
between Métis and a militia organized by the federal government to
quell the resistance movement led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.
Bar U Ranch, Alta. - Round Up Cattle Country History
Legendary for the colourful characters that passed through its corrals,
the Bar U Ranch south of Calgary was home to 30,000 head of cattle in
1881. The offspring of its 1,000 Percheron workhorses pulled carts and
trolleys in cities across North America. Learn how to throw a lasso and
rein in a team of horses while reliving the Wild West at an historic
Nan Sdins, B.C. - The Haunting Remains of a Haida Village
Visitors to this abandoned village on a remote island at Haida Gwaii
(Queen Charlotte Islands) can see elaborately carved poles and houses
that reveal what was once rich and flamboyant society. Today, Haida
Gwaii Watchmen oversee the site and act as guides for the visitors who
Klondike National Historic Sites, Dawson City, Yukon - Pan for Gold
At its peak in the 1890s, Dawson City was the largest community
northwest of Winnipeg. Fuelled by a gold rush fever, saloons and
brothels sprang up overnight to accommodate 30,000 people eager to risk
their lives in search of new fortunes. Today, tourists explore a
historical complex of Klondike-era buildings and visit a restored river
boat, the largest wooden gold dredge in North America, and the Robert
About Canada's National History Society
Canada's History magazine is published by Canada's History Society, a Winnipeg-based
charitable organization founded by the Hudson's Bay Company to promote
greater popular interest in Canadian history. The organization also
publishes Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids in French and English, and produces Canada's History Awards featuring
the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and The Pierre Berton Award for achievement in popular media.
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