Hundreds of people's gifts for people 48 years in the future were locked away at Kanata's Richcraft Recreation Complex Saturday.

As many as 1,000 bamboo capsules filled with coins, cards and other tokens were sealed underneath the main lobby staircase during the ward's Christmas party, not to be opened until the complex's 50th anniversary on Dec. 5, 2063.

Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson said the project started in 2012.

Richcraft Recreation Complex Time Capsule

Some of the roughly 800-1,000 bamboo time capsules sealed away until 2063 at Kanata's Richcraft Recreation Complex. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

"The time capsules are one of the ideas we came up with for raising funds for the extra things we were putting into the Richcraft Recreation Complex," she said in an interview Saturday.

"We wanted to have something the average family could participate in," said Wilkinson. "They're little bamboo cylinders and people who gave us a donation of $20 could fill one in and put it in the time vault."

Wilkinson said that out of the approximately 1,600 capsules sent to people who bought one, somewhere between 800 and 1,000 came back when it was time to seal them away.

Money from the time capsule sales went toward projects such as adding an extra two lanes to the complex pool, building the outdoor skatepark and having a dedicated "youth room," said Wilkinson.

Hands-on history

Wilkinson said the only rules were no liquids and nothing with batteries to avoid leaks.

"I wrote a letter to my great-grandchildren who aren't here yet. I thought I'd tell them a little something about what life was like right now and put a couple of small mementos in there as well," she said.

Antonio Trstenjak Richcraft Recreation Complex

Antonio Trstenjak (centre) put in two toy cars and a drawing of a car into his family's time capsule. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

Carmelina Carlucci bought one of the capsules and said she included items that were both personal to her family and would show how much the world had changed by the time it's 2063 — like evidence that, once upon a time, Ottawa didn't have light rail.

"At city hall when [my son Antonio] goes to the daycare, he always picks up brochures of the Confederation Line that's coming, and he asks me 'Mommy when is it coming?" So I tell him not now, but in two years. And he goes 'Why?' So I think that's a memorable thing for him," said Carlucci.

"I thought it was something to do with the future." 

As for Antonio, he made sure no one's going to forget what people drove in the early 21st century. He put in two toy cars, as well as a drawing of a car.