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Parks Canada - Mainland Nova Scotia

Special Events 2015

Visit this page regularly as additional events will be added.


Special Events by Month
June
July
August
September
October

June

Saturday, June 6th - Sunday, June 7th – Old Town Clock OPEN for Annual Doors Open Event
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
A special opportunity to peek inside the Old Town Clock during Halifax’s 2015 Doors Open event. 

Saturday, June 13th – Canada and the Great War
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Join Parks Canada and partners as they present visitors with a unique opportunity to learn more about this important chapter in Canada’s history. Visitors will discover aspects of life on the Western Front in our new Trench Experience, watch displays of battle tactics, talk to uniformed interpreters, and see unique artifacts and special films. The Army Museum's exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia.

Sunday, June 21st – National Aboriginal Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Celebrate Mi’kmaw culture at Kejimkujik and enjoy special tours, drumming, singing, and cultural demonstrations. Meet traditional Mi’kmaw crafters and artists and modern-day Mi’kmaw professionals.
 

July

Wednesday, July 1st – Canada Day – FREE Admission
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday at the official Halifax City celebration inside the walls of the historic Halifax Citadel. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Enjoy bands, choirs, military drill and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake served by a 78th Highlander. The Canadian flag turns 50 this year – don’t miss the opportunity to salute the flag with a special birthday greeting – stay tuned for details.

Wednesday, July 1st – Canada Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
FREE ADMISSION and FREE CUPCAKES – great way to kick off the summer! Official launch of the new KEJI CLUB Program, the Friends of Keji Photo Contest, and the fantastic 2015 Interpretation Programs – don’t miss the excitement.

Wednesday, July 1st – Canada Day
Fort Anne National Historic Site

Celebrate Canada’s birthday – one year closer to Canada’s150th! Engage all your senses; sing “O Canada” as you proudly watch the flag raised at Town Hall, join the procession to Fort Anne’s parade square, taste delicious Canada Day cake, play a round of croquet, listen to musical entertainment and enjoy games for the whole family. 12-3pm. FREE ADMISSION at Fort Anne and Port-Royal.

Sunday, July 12th – Mi’kmaq Culture Days
Port-Royal National Historic Site

Listen for the beat of the community drum, sing the “Happy Chant,” and experience Mi’kmaw traditions, history and lifestyle in this special day highlighting Mi’kmaw culture. Visit the wigwam and try your hand at a game of “waltes”. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 18th – Sunday, July 19th – Poppies in July
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. John McCrae’s composition of the poem “In Flanders’ Fields,” the most widely recognized verse written during World War I. Join us to learn about the enormous sacrifices made by McCrae and his comrades in the Canadian Corps of during the “Great War” of 1914-18, discover life in the trenches of Flanders by touring our expanded Trench Experience, learn about the medical practices of the day, watch military demonstrations and performances of music from the time of the First World War.

Saturday, July 18th – Kejimkujik Storytelling Festival on Parks Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
The traditions of Mi’kmaw culture and experiences of nature are yours to discover through the art of storytelling. Tell your own stories and enter the second annual ‘Keji Creative Writing Competition’.

Saturday, July 18th – Parks Day
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Join us as we pay homage to the First World War, and World War II with the launch of enhanced special exhibits in the Fort Anne Officers’ Quarters.

Friday, July 31st - Sunday, August 2nd – Encampment Days
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of black powder musketry, outdoor cooking and life in an 18th century military camp. The 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (Royal Highland Emigrants) create a vivid picture of the conditions of centuries-old military life.  Don’t miss the tactical battle featuring 18th century military techniques on Sat (weather permitting). The action starts Friday night and runs through noon on Sunday. 

August

Saturday, August 1st – Kejimkujik’s 46th Bday Party
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Keji’s birthday with FREE cupcakes and refreshments.  Fun activities for campers and visitors. Play the Friends of Keji Birthday Game and sign up for a chance to get famous at “Keji’s Got Talent” popular talent show.

Friday, August 7th – Sunday, August 9th – Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Search Keji’s spectacular night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more in Nova Scotia’s Dark Sky Preserve. There will be stories and discoveries for all ages.  Camp or stay close by – you don’t want to miss the show! Presented with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

Sunday, August 9th - Construction Traditions
Port-Royal National Historic Site

Interact with craftsmen who will share their skill and knowledge of the techniques used to reconstruct the Habitation almost 75 years ago. Hewing timbers, making shingles, turning wood and blacksmithing are some of the unique crafts you will enjoy. Imagine how proud the craftsmen of old would be to know that today the Habitation represents a milestone in the heritage preservation movement in Canada. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 15th – Sunday, August 16th – Historic Cricket
Fort Anne National Historic Site

Cricket anyone? The crack of willow on leather will once again be heard in the Ancient Home of Cricket in Nova Scotia. Fort Anne will host a pair of 20 over cricket matches. The matches, complete with a traditional tea break between innings, will be contested wearing uniforms of the 1890s. Introductory workshops will be offered at 10am on both days.

Friday, August 21th – Freedom of the City
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Join the Halifax Citadel’s own 78th Highlanders as they exercise the Freedom of the City of Halifax by parading through the downtown with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. The march to Grand Parade and Government House follows a special inspection of the squad starting at 11am inside the historic fort. Don’t miss the pageantry!

Saturday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 23rd – Kejimkujik Canoe Fest
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

For thousands of years the canoe has been the best way to travel through Kejimkujik’s inter-connected rivers, lakes and streams, providing the finest canoeing in Atlantic Canada! Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with canoeing and kayaking demonstrations, clinics and activities – perfect for the beginner and seasoned paddler.  Presented with Canoe/Kayak Nova Scotia.

Sunday, August 23rd – Mi’kmaq Culture Days
Port-Royal National Historic Site

Listen for the beat of the community drum, sing the “Happy Chant,” and experience Mi’kmaw traditions, history and lifestyle in this special day highlighting Mi’kmaw culture.  Visit the wigwam and try your hand at a game of “waltes”. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

September

Saturday September 12th – Port-Royal Fun Family Festival
Port-Royal National Historic Site

Fly a kite, bring a picnic and a lawn chair – enjoy some music, give Parka a hug, and visit the Habitation in a special family day sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and co-hosted with Parks Canada. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 19th - Sunday, September 20th – Revolutionary War Encampment
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Find out what life was like at the time of the American Revolution at our annual living history encampment, as up to one hundred historic re-enactors set up an authentic military camp in the Citadel’s ditch. Special displays will include a mock battle, camp cooking and costumes of the period, musket and cannon firings, and displays of military medical techniques.

Saturday, September 19th – International Observe the Moon Night
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Calling all luna-lovers!  International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Join Parks Canada as Kejimkujik celebrates the moon inside the Dark Sky Preserve through stories and observation programs. 

October

Friday, October 9th – Sunday, October 11th – Thanksgiving Weekend at Kejimkujik
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Soak up the brilliant colours of fall at Kejimkujik with friends and family – it’s a Keji tradition!  Enjoy the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, the Haunted Jaunt, and take the plunge at the annual Cold Turkey swim.

Saturday, October 17th - Sunday, October 18th – Remembering the World Wars
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Parks Canada and volunteer living history enthusiasts present a special display illustrating the Canada’s involvement in the two world conflict inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The display will include a WWI trench, a WWI obstacle course, uniforms, weapons, models and costumed re-enactors. The Army Museum's exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, tells the story of how Nova Scotia and Canada contributed to the Allied victory with a focus on the individual soldiers and units that took part in the Great War.