Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 31, 2008 16:13 ET

Spotlight on Archaeology at Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux National Historic Site of Canada

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Visitors will soon have the chance to walk in the Saint-Louis forts and chateaux remains under the Dufferin Terrace accompanied by an archaeologist. The tours will take place every Saturday in August, to celebrate Archaeology Month.

Archaeologists will join visitors for an hour to explain in detail the digs carried out at the historic site. Guided tours in French will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and in English at 9:30 a.m. The many artefacts discovered in the vestiges will be presented under a different theme each week: bombardment (August 2), food-bones (August 9), exotic alcohol-drinks (August 16) and hygiene (August 23). Other artefacts will be exhibited near the site, in the Louis S. St-Laurent building at 3 Passage du Chien d'Or.

Since the end of May, people have been touring the remains on their own between 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. They have also been entertained by the historic characters in the vestiges. Over 100 000 visitors have already come to the site.

For more than 200 years, from 1620 to 1834, the Saint-Louis forts and chateaux served as the official residence for the majority of governors during both the French and the British regimes. The archaeological digs carried out over three years uncovered more information about the city of Quebec's former seat of power.

Parks Canada is proud to welcome visitors free of charge every day until October 12, 2008.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada - Quebec Field Unit
    Linda Bernier
    Sites manager