Public Archaeological Digs at Leamy Lake Park and the Moore Farm

As part of Archeology Month, the National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to take part in an archaeological dig this August. Participate in digs at Leamy Lake Park and Moore Farm, at sites where archaeologists are working to learn more about the pre-contact period (i.e. prior to the arrival of Europeans).

Leamy Lake Park contains the largest pre-contact archaeological site complex in the Outaouais Region. Most of the sites were occupied between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago. The artifact collections recovered from these sites provide important information about past Algonquin First Nations cultural adaptations in Canada’s Capital Region.

The Moore Farm dig is centred on Broadview Cottage, which was built around 1900, and destroyed by fire in 1956. This dig is providing new insight into early 20th century farm life in the region.

Public digs

Archaeological Digs at Leamy Lake Park

Leamy Lake Park

August 7
1 pm to 5 pm

August 21 to 26
8 am to noon, and 1 pm to 5 pm

Moore Farm

August 9 to 12

8 am to noon, and 1 pm to 5 pm


Free (admission and activity)


Moore Farm:
Moore Farm parking lot

Leamy Lake Park:
Parking lot of the former Gatineau Boom, 80 Fournier Boulevard, Gatineau, Quebec.

Leamy Lake Park Parking and Site

View Leamy Lake Park site location

Moore Farm Parking and Site

View Moore Farm site location

Information and reservations

Due to the popularity of the digs, advance reservations are recommended, but are not required.

Please complete the registration form below, to help us plan this activity. One submission per participant.

This activity is geared toward adults and children age 10 and up. A simulated archaeological dig will also be offered for families with young children.

We recommend that you bring water and insect repellent, and wear a hat, long pants and closed-toe shoes with good treads, as a section of the trail to the dig site passes over rough terrain.

Note: Upon request, additional excavation activities for groups can be scheduled in September at these sites. For more information, please contact Ian Badgley at 613-239-5678, ext. 5751 or 819-777-7922 (cell).

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