The Canada Hall is a vast permanent exhibition that occupies most of the third floor of the museum, and encompasses over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space. The Hall is dominated by a stunning 17-metre, sky-blue dome that gives visitors the impression they are actually strolling through history -- outside.
And because it is so rich, the Canada Hall brings many visitors back for a second (or third) visit -- just to take in this exhibition again and again.
The Hall includes dozens of actual or reconstructed buildings from Canada's past. The space is divided into several zones, one flowing into the next, and each representing a period of history and a region of the country.
The first section includes reconstructed scenes of European activity on the country's Atlantic Coast between 1000 A.D. and 1750. Here we discover a Norse settlement in northern Newfoundland, the interior of a Basque ship, a whaling station, and a depiction of Acadian life.
The next section focuses on Central Canada from 1750 to 1870. It features scenes from New France -- an inn, a farmhouse, a hospital, and a public square, among other. We also find a lumber camp, a voyageur camp, a British officer's study, a shipyard, an Ontario main street complete with storefronts, and a railway station.
Here we discover a grain elevator, an authentic Ukrainian church (actually transported here from Alberta), a music shop, a one-room schoolhouse, an oil rig, and scenes from the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.
The final section of the Canada Hall focuses on the country's Far North, and includes a reconstruction of Yellowknife's famous Wildcat Café.
The whole family will thoroughly enjoy wandering in and out of the historic buildings, and exploring the displays, which together so vividly bring our country's past to life.
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