The Land of the Spirits Virtual Museum of Canada Exhibit: After the
Excavations are Over
The Friends of Bonnechere Parks are proud guardians of various unique
collections including original paintings and historic artefacts and
documents. Our goal is to share them with you through this web site
and interpretive displays at Bonnechere Park.
The artifacts in this collection were uncovered and retrieved, between
1996 and 2005, primarily by volunteers from the Ontario Archaeological
Society Ottawa Chapter in partnership with the Friends of Bonnechere
Parks, along with members of the public who participated in Bonnechere
Provincial Park's ongoing public archaeology program.
Archaeological research adds an extra dimension or layer of investigation.
In the case of the Bonnechere, it complements prior activities, including
oral history interviews, archival research, and fieldwork that resulted
in the 1996 publication by Roderick MacKay, Spirits of the Little Bonnechere
- A History of Exploration, Logging, and Settlement, 1800 to 1920.
Artifacts in this collection relate to farms associated
with the pine logging industry of the 19th and early 20th centuries on
the Bonnechere River. These were the items left behind, both deliberately
and accidentally, by people like you and me.
Land of the Spirits collection >>>
"I never realized that there was history too,
close at hand, beside my very own home.
I did not realize that the old grave that stood among the brambles at
the foot of our farm was history."