- Level 1, Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario and to celebrate, the ROM will have an original second edition of Samuel de Champlain’s earlier 1613 Voyages journal. Champlain is considered the founder of New France through his exploration and colonization efforts in North America. He was a keen observer of First Nations culture, and kept a journal throughout his travels in New France and later wrote about his first-hand experiences in his Voyages, a series of volumes published from 1603 to 1632. The Champlain Voyages journal reflects both an early representation of life in the North American colonies, as well as an historical chronicling of the explorations of one of Canada’s earliest explorers.