Resources and Online Activities
About the Site
The Thunderbird Park interactive website is a celebration and documentation of Thunderbird Park, which is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Since its inception in the early 1900's, the landscape itself has changed and evolved. The park was created with the intent of preserving cultural heritage. Over time, Thunderbird Park has become much much more and is now a place to practice, share, and pass on both cultural heritage and contemporary culture.
While the site provides a snapshot of local history, it also represents much of what went on in western Canada as well as the kinds of changes that were happening throughout Canada and the colonizing world during the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Please take the time to explore the site, which is interactive throughout and full of rich media resources. It is laid out in four eras: Pre Park (pre 1939), Early Park (1939-1952), Late Park (1952-1979), and Present Park (1980-2006). Each era opens with a map of the Thunderbird Park site at the time. Moving the cursor and clicking on objects or exhibits enables the viewer to move through and navigate the site. More detailed information is provided in the form of text, photographs, illustrations and short videos.
The site is a wonderful resource for all kinds of learning that support objectives spanning the curriculum. In addition, specific activities have been developed to highlight three of the museum's archival collections: a hand operated printing press and samples of Victoria newspapers printed on it during the 1850's; a 19th century collection of medical instruments; and turn of the century (1900) fishing technology of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Click on the educator resources below for more detailed information about these activities. The online activities can be accessed directly from within the site or from these resource pages.