Busy summer ahead at Beaubassin, Beausejour

Parks Canada celebrating 100th birthday as worlds first national parks service

Darrell Cole webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on April 27, 2011
Parks Canada archaeological assistant Karine Vachon works on an excavation the former Acadian village of Beaubassin last summer. The fifth year of the dig is planned for this summer as part of Parks Canada’s 100th birthday celebrations. Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News

AULAC - For the fifth consecutive year people will be able to take part in history at Beaubassin.


As it celebrates its 100th year as the world's first national parks service, Park Canada is again offering the public archaeology experience at the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence national historic sites near the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border.

Juliette Bulmer of Parks Canada Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland said previous digs have been so successful that it only makes sense to do it again in 2011.

"The public archaeology experience has proven very popular among visitors to the site and has helped raise awareness of the wonderful history that took place there several centuries ago," Bulmer said.

Bulmer said the program, led by archaeologist Charles Burke will run from mid-July until mid-August, running Thursday through Sunday each week.

This year's celebrations will include a number of other events at Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland including the Xplorers Program, open to children ages six to 11 and their families.


“We have two completely new programs along with a number of other programs that will help celebrate the centennial,” Bulmer said.

The Learn to Camp event will invite visitors to camp at a national historic site on June 18-19. Bulmer said it is aimed at introducing participants - especially new Canadians and those from urban centres - to learn more about Canada's history through interpretive events.