Think National Historic Sites are just for history buffs? Think again! Snap epic selfies in historic spots and sign up for a host of awesome activities guaranteed to please the whole family. From elegant dress-up fine dining to ghost walks, and murder mystery games there are so many cool activities to take part in at Parks Canada’s National Historic Sites across the country. Here’s ten to spark your inspiration; start making plans and bookings today!  

1. Celebrate a Victorian Christmas – Halifax Citadel, Nova Scotia

Santa Claus ringing a bell while standing by a gate at Halifax Citadel.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Celebrating a very Victorian Christmas with authentic period caroling, fun games, hands-on crafts and Santa Claus. Try some hot cider and snap a selfie in the Victorian photo booth. Free admission with a cash or non-perishable food item donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA.

2. Enjoy fine dining in the lighthouse – Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland and Labrador

A dinner table set with plates and cutlery for a dining experience in the Cape Spear Lighthouse.
Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.
Booking a candle-lit dinner prepared and served by Seto Kitchen + Bar, one of Newfoundland’s most exciting contemporary Canadian restaurants. Snap a selfie at the most easterly point of Canada. Look out for humpback whales and icebergs.

3. Sleep under the stars in a teepee – Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Two people sitting around a campfire, beside a Red River Cart at dusk at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
Sleeping under the stars in an authentic Blackfoot People’s teepee and dreaming of the bison roaming free beyond the campsite. Learn to make a fire with a blow tube and flint. Feast on warm-from-the-fire bannock and trapper’s tea.

4. Uncover clues – Woodside, Ontario

A young couple enjoying the library at Woodside National Historic Site.
Woodside National Historic Site.
Signing up to take part in the annual historical murder mystery at Woodside! Explore the Prime Minister’s house to uncover clues. Interview suspects, track down the culprit, and play for prizes.

5. Feast with the Papineau’s – Manoir Papineau, Quebec

Visitors prepare to enjoy a dinner at Manoir Papineau.
Manoir Papineau National Historic Site.
Getting dressed up to step back into a more elegant time of tradition and luxury with a lavish formal dinner at Le Manoir Papineau. Servers in period costume attend your every need as you feast on cuisine inspired by the 19th century created by chefs from Fairmont Le Château Montebello.

6. Go on an after-hours ghost walk – Fort Battleford, Saskatchewan

A tour guide takes a group of visitors on an after-hours Ghost Walk at Fort Battleford.
Fort Battleford National Historic Site.
Wrapping up warm to take a lantern on a special ghost walk after dark once the fort is closed to visitors. Hear spine tingling tales of the ghosts who taunt the staff and visitors on the site of a siege that never was.

7. Fire the noon day gun – Signal Hill, Newfoundland and Labrador

A visitor and an interpreter fire the Noon day gun at Signal Hill.
Signal Hill National Historic Site.
Joining the gun crew to learn how to fire the mighty quick-firing three-pound Hotchkiss Gun which is set off daily throughout summer to signal the hour of noon to the people of St John’s. Don’t forget to cover your ears!

8. Indulge in a whisky tasting – Bellevue House, Ontario

A man sits at a table with whisky in front of him.
Bellevue House National Historic Site.
Raising a glass with whisky sommelier, Sylvain Bouffard of "Just a Wee Dram" in a spirited whisky and food pairing. Discover the journey from grain to glass and learn how whisky is linked to Canada’s foundations.

9. Encounter a séance in time – Laurier House, Ontario

A Séance in Time, the new interactive theatre play presented at Laurier House by Live History.
Laurier House National Historic Site.
Join in a spooky séance alongside the Live History Theatre Company who play Prime Minister King, his medium, military advisor and household staff in a fun interactive clue-based performance. Discover King’s fascination with contacting the spiritual world and help find his trusty crystal ball!

10. Journey through time – Batoche, Saskatchewan

Young children touch furs as they learn about Métis history from costumed interpreters.
Batoche National Historic Site.
Helping costumed Parks Canada staff who play 19th century Metis settlers with chores on the homestead, riding wooden hobby horses and playing traditional Métis games.