50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association: 2017 Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario May 10–13, 2017

CAA 2017 Gatineau-Ottawa – Field Trips & Tours

The National Capital Region is home to several national museums, including the Canadian Museum of History, as well as facilities/laboratories which are very important to the work that archaeologist do. Conference attendees will have the opportunity of visiting some of these facilities.  Personnel who will provide behind the scenes opportunities to learn more about the resources and services available.

Too often visitors to the NCR are overwhelmed with information regarding the building of the country's capital and only cursory statements about an earlier Indigenous history. The Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society plans to provide some texture to those banal statements.

Field trips are based on a minimum number of participants. If there are not enough registrants the tours will be cancelled and money refunded.

Facilities Tour

Tour of the A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory, Ottawa U and the Canadian Conservation Institute

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
Cost: $30

Join us for a day trip of visits to the AMS labs at the University of Ottawa followed by CCI with a scheduled lunch stop at Liam Maguire’s pub (participant’s expense). Tours will be offered in English and French. Registration will be required, as space is limited.

Shuttle will leave from the Sheraton Four Points Hotel at 9:30 and will return by 4:00.

André E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory – University of Ottawa


Located at the brand new Advanced Research Complex (ARC) at the University of Ottawa, the A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory hosts Canada’s only accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS). We invite you for a tour of the AMS and sample preparation labs, with a detailed tour through the radiocarbon lab.

The ARC hosts state-of-the-art Earth Science and Photonics laboratories constructed with $70 million invested by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, and the University of Ottawa. The AMS was installed in early 2014 and the radiocarbon lab has been accepting outside samples since summer 2014, with well over 3000 radiocarbon samples processed to date. The tour of the radiocarbon lab will give you a behind the scenes look at how radiocarbon samples are processed and will give you a chance to see our custom semi-automated equipment that was designed and built in-house. The highlight of the tour is always going into the AMS hall: with a two story ceiling and 10 ton crane above, an abundance of natural light, and the 3 million volt accelerator dominating the room, this tour is sure to impress. As an educational facility we give tours regularly and are keen to answer your questions and let you see what we are all about here at the A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory.

If you are interested in having samples tested during your stay, please contact Carley Crann.

Lunch at Liam McGuires pub


Menu (At participants’ expense)

Canadian Conservation Institute


The Canadian Conservation Institute offers free conservation treatments and scientific services to eligible archaeologists and repositories across the country. We invite you to tour archeological conservation and conservation science laboratories that carry out treatment and research on archaeological material and to view current and past projects that will illustrate the diversity of services we offer. Some examples of current work analytical labs include analyses on amber, dyes and adhesive residues of dart points, and current projects in the conservation lab include treatments on:

  • Cedar baskets
  • Historic and pre-contact Ceramics
  • Thule material
  • The 2nd parliament burnt books
  • Franklin landsite material

Check out our FREE archaeological conservation servicesIf you are interested in any of these services, please contact us).

A.E. Lalonde AMS Lab website 

CCI website

Parks Canada Collection Tour 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Costs: $30

Join us for an afternoon trip to Parks Canada’s conservation laboratories and collections storage at their Walkey facility.  The tour can be offered in English and French.  Registration required, as space is limited.  Shuttle will leave from the Sheraton Four Points Hotel at 1:00 and will return by 4:00.

Parks Canada - Walkley Facility Tour


The Mulligan Building, located at 1800 Walkley Road in Ottawa, is home to the Parks Canada Agency's state-of-the art conservation laboratories and the National Underwater Archaeology Team.  Visitors can see conservators and conservation scientists at work as they investigate, preserve and restore valuable cultural resources — such as books, archival materials, historic photographs, paintings, textiles, polychrome sculptures and a wide range of archaeological materials — from across Canada.  See unique objects recovered from historic shipwrecks including the cannon and other exciting objects from the HMS Erebus! 

Sneak Peak Tour of the Not-Yet-Open-to-the-Public Canadian History Hall - Canadian Museum of History

Thursday, May 11, 2017 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Cost: free

Receive early access to the newly developed Canadian History Hall before it opens to the general public on July 1, 2017. This tour will consist of a preview of Gallery 1, “Early Canada, From Earliest Times to the British Conquest in 1763.” There is no cost, but advanced registration is required.

Open House - Canadian Museum of History

Thursday, May 11, 2017 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Cost: free

Come see the renovated archaeology collection storage room. This is the largest and most diverse collection of Canadian archaeological material in the country. There is no cost, but advanced registration is required.

Post-Conference Field Trips

National Capital Region Archaeology and History Walking Tour

Sunday, May 14, 2017 (9:30 AM -12:30 AM)
Cost: free
Meeting Place: Four Points Hotel

Join the Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society for a walking tour of local archaeology and history. Transportation to starting point and return to hotel provided.

Click here for more information.

Tour of the Diefenbunker

Sunday, May 14, 2017 (9:oo AM -1:00 PM)
Cost: $30
Meeting Place: Four Points Hotel

Experience Canada’s Cold War Museum. This archaeological tour of the Diefenbunker will highlight the industrial archaeology of the site as well as provide access to features not regularly available to the public. Cost includes transportation to and from the Diefenbunker.

Read More