As part of its summer program, the City of Gatineau offers activities related to archaeological outreach in the Ottawa Valley. The Groupe de recherche archéologique de l’Outaouais (GRAO) is a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on the protection, understanding and promotion of the archaeological heritage of the Ottawa Valley region and its many diverse aspects.
Have you ever dreamed of being an archaeologist? Here’s a chance to enjoy a unique experience on the shores of the Ottawa River. You are invited to take part in an archaeological excavation of a site where an Amerindian encampment once stood. Previous digs have revealed a number of artifacts dating from the Middle Woodland period (500 B.C. to 1000 A.D.), strongly suggesting that Amerindians stayed in this sector of the park in prehistoric times. Being part of the excavation team is a great way to mark Archaeology Month! Reservations are required to participate in the dig, but the site can be visited for free at any time.