Moses-Saunders Dam Tour, Cornwall, ON
Leader: Dan Macfarlane
Cost includes bus and lunch ($50)
Up to 30 participants.
Destination: Moses-Saunders Dam Visitor Centre, Cornwall ON
This tour will visit the Canadian side of the Moses-Saunders powerhouse, which was built bilaterally in the 1950s by New York and Ontario as part of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. It was one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world when it was completed and was the largest transborder hydro dam for several decades. If time and weather permits, we will also explore the "lost villages" area flooded out by this megaproject. Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, from Western Michigan University and author of Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, will lead the tour.
Noon - 6:00 pm
Diefenbunker Tour, Carp, ON
Leader: Andrew Burtch
Cost includes bus, lunch, and admission ($65)
Up to 40 participants.
Destination: Diefenbunker, Carp ON
The Diefenbunker is a Cold War government bunker located in Carp, a village located 37 kilometres west of Ottawa. Completed in 1961, this underground bunker was designed to protect Canada’s governmental leaders in the event of a Russian nuclear attack on North America. It is now a popular museum with creative programming. Participants will tour the bunker and meet Cold War historian Andrew Burtch, author of Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada's Cold War Civil Defence, who will provide context and insights into the bunker’s history and Canada’s response to the Cold War. Bagged lunch, bus transportation, and included.
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Archaeological Sites in the National Capital Region
Leader: Ian Badgeley
Cost includes bus, lunch, and admission ($50)
This bus tour will visit important archaeological sites in Ottawa and the National Capital Region (NCC). Ottawa’s archaeology is understudied, but the material evidence points to long occupation by the region’s Indigenous peoples, as well as far-reaching exchanges with other areas in North America. This tour will be led by Ian Badgley, NCC archaeologist, who has in-depth experience and knowledge of these ancient sites and the people who lived on them.
Noon - 3:30 pm
March Birding around National Capital Region
Leader: Michael Runtz
Cost includes bus and lunch ($50)
March in Ottawa is a time of transition. The spring migration of songbirds is close, while waterfowl and raptor migrations are already underway. Michael Runtz, a Carleton University professor and renowned naturalist, will lead this tour to various locations around Ottawa, including the shores of the Ottawa River, to search out early migrants, over-wintering birds, and whatever avian surprises the weather and circumstances have delivered. Bring all-weather gear for this tour.Bagged lunch and bus transportation included.
Noon - 4:00 pm
Museum collections tour
Cost includes bus and lunch ($45)
This tour will give participants a behind-the-scenes look into two world-class national museum collections: the tour will begin with the Nature Museum’s collection facility in nearby Aylmer, Quebec and end at the Ingenium Centre, a new collection, conservation, and administration building that serves the three national museums in the Ingenium consortium (Science and Technology, Agriculture and Food, and Aviation and Space). Curators from each facility will lead the tours, giving glimpses into rich collections of natural history, science, technology, and agriculture. At the end of the Ingenium tour, participants will have access to the Canada Science and Technology Museum , which is located beside the Ingenium Centre. Bagged lunch and bus transportation included.
Noon - 4:30 pm