Village Improvement Project
The revitalization of Crawford Lake’s Iroquoian Village is now entering its third phase with the revitalization of the Turtle and Wolf Clan Longhouses. The Turtle Clan Longhouse was constructed in 1984 and the Wolf Clan Longhouse was constructed in 1987.
During the remainder of 2017, visitors to Crawford Lake will see construction and archaeological activity taking place around these two longhouses. The work on the Turtle and Wolf Clan Longhouses is a renovation with upgrades and repairs to the roof, poles and floors to prolong the life of the longhouses and improve accessibility.
Crawford Lake hosts more than 32,000 students a year from Halton school boards and throughout the GTA with education programs for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian Village is an interpretation of what life in the village may have been like over 600 years ago.
The Crawford Lake Village Improvement Project will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the cultural and historical heritage of Halton.
Conservation Halton would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada 150 Infrastructure Fund for the project.
About the Crawford Lake Village Improvement Project
The Crawford Lake Village Improvement Project is taking place over a 5 to 10 year period. Currently Conservation Halton is working on phase 3 of this project, the renovation of aging infrastructure in the Turtle and Wolf Clan longhouses.
Stage 1 was the assessment of the Crawford Lake Village. A review was done of the existing infrastructure within the Turtle and Wolf Clan longhouses and village. This included the removal of damaged or obsolete structures and displays.
Stage 2 was the construction of the Deer Clan Longhouse, which was completed in 2014. The modern facility hosts exhibits and allows for the display of historical artefacts in an appropriate manner.
Stage 3 is the refurbishment of the existing Turtle and Wolf Clan longhouses.