Inside the vault: Quebec's hidden artifacts
One of the largest and diverse collection of artifacts in the country is stored in a warehouse in an industrial park in Quebec City.
It's home to everything from relics of Montreal's former wax museum, to old snowmobiles.
One of the collections is Horse Power, and it looks at everything Quebecers have used to get around -- from moccasins, to snowshoes, to canoes and horse-drawn carriages.
But the reserve of items in storage is immense, many of them donated by Quebecers through the years.
At first glance the items appear random, but collectively they tell the history of Quebec, one that curator Valerie Laforge knows very well.
One of the oldest items in storage is an ancient robe stored in climate-controlled conditions.
Worn during religious ceremonies, it was a gift from King Louis XIV to Bishop Laval of New France.
Laforge said every item retained be it something as mundane as shoes or a unique piece of art, is cared for in the same fashion.
"We are very concerned about the environment, about durability," said Laforge.
The vault is also where you'll find political symbols -- from a red square worn by student protesters in 2012, to the head of a statue of Queen Victoria, severed by the FLQ in the late 1960s.
"This was an example of what the Front de Liberation du Quebec did," said Laforge.
The reserve is overflowing, largely with donations from the public, preserved with the knowledge that future generations will look back at these relics, big and small.