Take a stroll through a thousand years of Canada’s rich history and culture. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling of Canada Hall, you will encounter meticulously detailed, life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.
Travelling from east to west, visitors experience life in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario from AD 1000 to 1885. They see a Viking family arriving in Newfoundland around AD 1000; discover New France through a farmhouse, public square, inn, hospital and the houses of a shoemaker and a cooper (a barrel maker); and visit a voyageur camp, a lumber camp, a Métis campsite, British military living quarters and a Maritime shipyard. And they stroll past shops and other businesses along the main street of a small town in late 19th-century Ontario.
Next, visitors encounter daily life in Western and Northern Canada from 1885 to 2000. They experience a turn-of-the-century prairie railway station and railway yard, a Saskatchewan grain elevator, an authentic Ukrainian church moved to the Museum from Alberta, a Chinese hand laundry and a 1920s Alberta oil derrick. They explore the history of Canada’s North by pulling up a bench in Yellowknife's Wildcat Cafe, the town’s first restaurant and a popular gathering spot for prospectors, bush pilots, miners and trappers.