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Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre

Archaeological Site

An ancient gathering place on Rainy River known as the "place of the long rapids." Declared a Canadian National Historic Site in 1970, the Rainy River First Nation are the guardians and interpreters of the site.

An Interpretive Centre, walking trails, late 1800s graveyard, Elder Roundhouse and Burial Mounds of the Laurel and Blackduck Peoples form the complex located off Shaw Road just east of Stratton, Ontario on Highway 11.

The Interpretive Centre provides a historic overview of the Archaic, Laurel and Blackduck peoples highlighting artifacts found during archaeological explorations. Displays detail the lifestyle of the Mound Builders and their successors the Ojibway people. The displays include interpretation of the modern Ojibway experience from the time of Treaty 3 to today, as well as information about the original cultures that inhabited the area in the time of the mound builders.

The guided nature walk to the burial mounds includes traditional medicinal plants, a late 1800s graveyard and the Roundhouse, where traditional cultural activities of the Ojibway people take place.

The main complex contains a restaurant featuring traditional foods and a gift shop that features local Ojibway and other First Nations artists and crafts.

New this year are guided and unguided birding tours highlighting the many species which are not found anywhere else in Ontario.

In the winter season lighted cross country ski and snowshoe trails are set and people are encouraged to come enjoy the best winter recreation activities in our region.

This site was the subject of an Ontario Archaeological Society investigation. The report of findings is KENYON, W. A. Rainy River Project 1959 21 - 22 [mound, Rainy River, river, site]

Time Period Represented

Site habitation 3000 BC; Burial mounds 300 BC - 1650 BC

Accessibility Notes

Interpretive centre is wheelchair accessible.

Main walking trail is gravelled to allow for motorized wheelchairs. Motorized carts are available for visitors with mobility issues.

Guided tours are available.

Pet Friendly Notes

Due to the sensitive nature of the local flora including traditional medicines and other rare plants, and the presence of wildlife throughout the site, please keep pets on the leash, on the pathways, and under control at all times.

Pets are not allowed in the interpretive centre complex.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


10 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Sunday

Seasons Open

May Victoria Day Weekend to Early October (Canadian Thanksgiving) plus a winter season


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