History and heritage

Get a better understanding and appreciation of the events and experiences that reflect and define Canada’s history and identity. Explore the wide variety of resources, institutions and collections in place to help preserve Canada’s history and heritage and make it accessible to the public and professionals.


Services and information

The creation of Canada

Learn about the original inhabitants of Canada, the origin of our country’s name, the Fathers of Confederation and the events and milestones that shaped our country’s creation.

Genealogy and family history

Research your family history. Learn about your ancestors and discover family secrets with the help of records and resources at our National Archives.

Indigenous history

Learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Indigenous contributions to the War of 1812, Reconciliation and more.

National archives

Discover Canada’s documentary heritage through publications, archival records, sound and audiovisual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents.

Museology and conservation

Explore the expertise and services available to heritage institutions and professionals, including collections management and the preservation and conservation of cultural objects and artefacts.

Museums and galleries

Visit a national museum or gallery, get a Museums Passport or apply for funding through programs designed to support heritage institutions.

Movable cultural property

Discover how Canada supports the preservation of artistic, historic and scientific heritage through designation, tax certification, grants and by regulating the import and export of cultural property.

Archaeology, expeditions and discoveries

Discover how expeditions on the ground and below the water at various locations across Canada allow us to better understand our natural and cultural heritage and uncover great archaeological mysteries and important artefacts.

Military history, honours and remembrance

Canada’s military history, resources on remembrance, medals, and monuments, and lists of military museums, art, and films.

Gastronomic heritage

Bring Canada’s national historic sites and the best of Canadian heritage cooking into your home.

Canada History Fund

Honour exceptional teachers and students for their work marking important moments in our country’s history, or apply for funding to help promote Canadian history.


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