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Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

Sir George-Étienne Cartier
George-Étienne Cartier, the Quebec Stalwart of the Grand Coalition
© Parks Canada

Special Events 2014

Canada Day

July 1st

Celebrate the 147th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and commemorate George-Étienne Cartier 200th birthday.

As of 1 p.m.:

  • cake will be served in the courtyard of the Cartier house
  • launch of the new version of the audio and video guide Explora
  • Opening of the temporary exhibit Cartier, father of the Provinces

Free admission


Charles Burke

Conference

Commemorating Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites: Archaeological Research in a Landscape of Colonial Conflict

August 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Charles Burke, archaeologist

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites are located on the west side of the narrow Chignecto Isthmus between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The Village of Beaubassin, settled in the 1670s by French settlers from Port Royal was attacked and destroyed twice by New England raiders and finally razed to the ground in 1750 by French soldiers. Almost immediately, the British built Fort Lawrence on the ruins of Beaubassin, beginning a half decade military occupation that culminated in the capture of the French Forts Beauséjour and Gaspareaux and the first deportation of Acadian settlers from Nova Scotia.

Although well-known for their historical role in the eighteenth century Anglo – French rivalry for North America, these National Historic Sites have more recently been identified in the public sphere with their archaeology.

This presentation explores the importance of the sites’ history in the past and present and archaeology’s role in redefining the publics’ understanding of these unique heritage resources.

Cost and details:

  • $6,30 (includes the visit to the historic site)
  • The historic site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The conference starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Parking and amenities available in proximity (public transportation, restaurants)
  • No reservation required but seats are limited: 514 282-2282 or 1 888 773-8888
Archaeological digs at Beaubassin National Historic Site
Archaeological digs at Beaubassin National Historic Site
© Parks Canada

Pierre Cloutier

Conference

50 Years of Archaeology at Île aux Noix

August 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Pierre Cloutier, archaeologist

In 1964, Parks Canada undertook their first archaeological digs on Île aux Noix. Since then, several tens of interventions followed one another, uncovering elements from every occupation period: five thousand years of Amerindian presence, French fortifications, siege of 1760, American presence, first British fortification and its additions, and shipyard and installations linked to Fort Lennox, of which the ramparts and original buildings still adorn the site.

This richly illustrated conference will describe the main archaeological interventions and discoveries that taught us more about the history of the island and its occupants.

  • $6,30 (includes the visit to the historic site)
  • The historic site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The conference starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Parking and amenities available in proximity (public transportation, restaurants)
  • No reservation required but seats are limited: 514 282-2282 or 1 888 773-8888
Archaeological digs at Fort Lennox National Historic Site
Archaeological digs at Fort Lennox National Historic Site
© Parks Canada

Special Concert

September 6

Special concert on the 200th birthday of Cartier, who was born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu on September 6, 1814.

More details to come

Lecture and Special Performances

September 6 and 7

"Cartier at the Charlottetown Conference: the Path to Confederation"

Lecture and special performances highlighting the role played by Cartier in 1864.

More details to come

Lecture and Special Performances

October 10 and 11

"Cartier at the Quebec Conference : the Nation Builder"

Lecture and special performances recalling how Cartier was instrumental in the making of Canadian Confederation.

More details to come