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Centennial Events in Parks Canada Places

Check out this local centennial events listing if you are planning your next visit to one of Canada’s National Parks, National Historic Sites or National Marine Conservation Areas.

* For the most up-to-date event listings, please visit the respective Parks Canada web pages.

Atlantic Canada | Quebec | Ontario| The Canadian Prairies | Western Canada| Northern Canada

Atlantic Canada

New Brunswick | Newfoundland and Labrador | Nova Scotia | Prince Edward Island

New Brunswick

Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites, J. Leonard O’Brien Memorial

  • May to October – Daily boat service and guided tour of Beaubears Island
    At 2:00 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays

  • May to October– Spirits of the River boat tour
    Boat tour of Beaubears Island and Wilsons Point. Sunday and Monday evenings

  • May to October – Voyageur Canoe outings
    By reservation. Regularly scheduled outings TBD

Fundy National Park

  • August 20-21 – Rising Tide Festival
    Fundy National Park will resonate to the sounds of the second edition of the Rising Tide Festival. Musicians from all around the Maritimes, inspired by the beautiful area we call home will join together to regale audiences at this outdoor concert.
    The daily entrance fee to the park will be your pass to Fundy's second annual festival. Come for a day, stay for the weekend!

  • September 10 – Fundy H2O
    Fundy National Park is excited to host the second annual Fundy H2O, Highlands to Ocean Adventure Race. Participants will swim, run, and bike (or mountain bike) from Bennett Lake to the Village of Alma. The course will test the endurance and agility of the racers as they tackle a 1 km swim in Bennett Lake, a 35 km road bike or 14 km mountain bike, and an 11 km trail run along Fundy's famous coastal trail. Racers also have the option of a duathlon (run-bike-run). Afterwards, participants will be treated to a lobster dinner and a host of prizes. Last year, participants had a great time and a few comments included "This will be a popular race, I'm sure the word will spread fast" and "Five Stars! Couldn't be better!".
    For more information on Fundy H2O and how to register, please visit

  • September 24 – Taste of Fundy!
    This will be an evening to remember as Fundy National Park, in collaboration with Foods of the Fundy Valley host the first annual Tastes of Fundy! This culinary event will provide guests an opportunity to savour locally prepared and locally grown foods of the Fundy Valley. Wear comfortable shoes and bring an appetite as you mingle, sample, and relax under a large outdoor canopy during this prestigious first time event.

  • End of November – Moncton Christmas Parade
    Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park will join together in the 2011 Moncton Christmas Parade. Parka the Beaver, our parade float, and a host of enthusiast park employees and their families will be there to spread some Parks Canada cheer as we approach the holiday season.

  • December 16 – Fundy National Christmas Bird Count
    Dust off your snow shoes and grab your binoculars as Fundy National Park hosts the annual Fundy Christmas Bird Count. Each year, participants hit the trails to count and identify birds in and around Fundy National Park. Birding experience is an asset but not necessary to participate.
    This survey provides important information that contributes to long term bird migration and population patterns research throughout North America. After a long day out in the cold, participants are rewards with good food and hot beverages. A great day of fresh air, exercise and knowing that you're contributing to important research. Happy Birding!

Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site

  • May to October – Soldier for a Day
    This is an interactive program for children between the ages of 6 and 12 that is designed to educate and entertain participants, who experience a day in the life of a soldier in the Compagnies franches de la Marine at Fort Beauséjour / Fort Cumberland.

  • August 19-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Admire the panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy from atop the Fort's bastions and explore the underground casemates. Enjoy the picnic sites along the dykes of the Tantramar Marshes!

  • September 25Fall Fest
    Family and children's events and activities including horse and wagon rides, free apples and hot cider.

Kouchibouguac National Park

  • May 22 and October 9 Former Park Residents’ Sunday Drive
    Former park residents can register for a special outing on park trails and return to areas never revisited in 40 years.

  • May 19 to October 10 – 100 km for the 100th
    Pick up a count brochure at the Visitor Reception Centre and start walking on the Park’s trails! For every 100 km completed, fill in a ballot for a chance to win prizes. Challenge yourself and your friends, family members and co-workers, but most of all, enjoy being active in a natural environment!

  • May to October – New exhibits at the Visitor Reception Centre: Memories of Our Communities and Where Land, Sea and People Meet
    Kick off your visit to Kouchibouguac National Park by paying a visit to our new human history and natural history exhibit. Learn about, contemplate and reflect on the history of the once-thriving communities and the turmoil caused when the lands of the former Acadian and English-speaking residents were expropriated to create the Park. Discover the Park’s awe-inspiring coastal geography and ever changing ecosystems, and its centuries-old, vibrant human history. Open daily until Thanksgiving weekend.

  • June 28 to August 17 (every Wednesday in French) and June 29 to Sept 1 (every Thursday in English) Campfires
    Join heritage interpreters and celebrate Park’s Canada’s centennial as you sing, clap your hands and listen to stories celebrating the park’s human history. Meet at the campfire circle along the bicycle trail between Ryans and Kellys, at 8 pm in June and July and 7 pm in August and September.

  • August 6 and 20 and September 3 (in French) and August 13 and 27 (in English) Dark Sky Delights – Stargazing Activity
    Stars, constellations, planets, nebulae, galaxies and other celestial objects are yours to discover- if the forecast is clear! Join heritage interpreters as they share amazing stories and facts about the dark sky above. Meet at LaSource picnic area from 10 until 11 pm.

Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site

  • July and August “Les Causeries du mardi”
    A weekly series of lectures is presented by researchers on a wide-ranging variety of Acadian heritage topics

  • The first Saturday in October – Fall Fest
    Family and children's events and activities with a focus on the locally based apple harvest.

St. Andrews Blockhouse National Historic Site

  • August 19-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Come and attend our community BBQ!

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site

  • August 19-21Fab Forts Weekend
    On Saturday, August 20, from 2-3 pm, come listen to a capella group Before the Mast. Then enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream until 4 pm. Parka, Parks Canada’s mascot, will make a special appearance!
    On Sunday, August 21, Join us for our Saint John Privateers family activity and other games, exploration and craft. Call for reservation and schedule (506-636-4011).

Newfoundland and Labrador

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

  • May to October A Military Outpost on the Edge of the World
    Join our interpreters in Royal Canadian Artillery, 103rd Coastal Battery (c. 1942) uniforms as they tell you about the connection between this site and the role it played in the defeat of Nazi Germany and the infamous German Wolf Packs during the Second World War. Where: Tour begins near the Information Kiosk; tour every 2 hours, Tues-Sat

  • May to October Explora Tour
    Following our pilot run last season, we are now offering visitors (as part of their entrance fee) a chance to explore the site in a fun and interactive way. Using hand-held GPS Explora devices, visitors have a new way of discovering the natural and cultural attractions of Cape Spear! On your own or with a group of family and friends, explore and learn exciting facts about the site with the help of video, written explanations and photos. Where: Visitor Reception Centre

  • August – Music at the Cape
    These walls may not be able to talk but they can sing. Sing along or dance up a storm as you enjoy live musical performances in the Cape Spear Lighthouse featuring young Newfoundland performers.
    When: Check times for performance date throughout August

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Don’t miss our special gun salute to celebrate Parks Canada’s centennial!

  • August 24 – Man in Motion tour kick-off
    Celebrate another Canadian milestone as Rick Hansen launches his 25th Anniversary Man in Motion Tour from Cape Spear Lighthouse NHS– just as he did in 1986. Visit for updates and details.

Castle Hill National Historic Site

  • May to OctoberAudio History Tour
    Tour the remains of the military defence works at your own pace with the accompaniment of an informative MP-3 Audio program that provides historical information on the importance of Castle Hill and its role in protecting the colony of Plaisance.

  • May to OctoberThe Soldier’s Life
    Experience what life was like in the 17th century colony of Plaisance in interpretive activities with participants in period dress. Engage in a discussion with a French soldier of Les Compagnies Franches de la Marine and learn about life in a French military outpost in the 1690s.

  • June - AugustFaces of Fort Royale: Theatre Presentation
    Enjoy learning about the history of Plaisance through the production "Faces of Fort Royale," performed by the Placentia Area Theatre d'Heritage.

  • 24–25 September – Relive the Battle for Placentia at Castle Hill National Historic Site
    Come celebrate Parks Canada’s 100th birthday with a bang at Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia! Experience the excitement and energy of battle as French and British military interpreters present a series of tactical drills. Visit a historic military encampment and experience the daily life of a soldier from the 18th century.

Gros Morne National Park

  • June-SeptemberRobert Sinclair Watercolour Exhibit
    At the Discovery Centre in Gros Morne National Park

  • October 7Gros Morne Geology Event

Ryan Premises National Historic Site

  • May to OctoberMaking Fish
    People of all ages can take part in this guided program. Enjoy the hands-on experience of "making fish", from splitting to weighing to squaring up with the merchant.

  • May to OctoberJohn The Fisherman
    Meet John the Fisherman. Learn about his life in 19th‑century Newfoundland and the art of making nets.

  • May to OctoberThrough Maggie's Eyes
    Join Maggie and tour the site, as seen through the eyes of 19th‑ and 20th‑century women. Learn first‑hand about the live of women in the Newfoundland outports.

  • May to OctoberMathew Elementary School Arts Smarts Art Exhibit
    See the world through the eyes of children in this exhibit of artwork produced by the students of Matthew Elementary school in Bonavista.

  • May to OctoberThe Cape Shore Boys
    Enjoy traditional Newfoundland music played by the men who lived the songs.

  • May to OctoberFisherman's Corner
    Join Wilson Hayward and listen to his stories and reminiscences of life as a fisherman.

Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada

  • May 19 - Aug 26 Start the Season With a Bang! Re-instatement of the Noon‑Day Gun
    The Noon-Day Gun is a tradition in St. John’s going back generations. The firing was a way for people of the City to keep track of the time of day. Throughout the summer and in commemoration of Parks Canada’s 100th Anniversary, the Signal Hill NHS will be re-instating this long tradition. Come and sit back with a lunch or purchase one at our new food service centre, talk to our military history interpretive guides and experience the renewal of a historic tradition. Where: Tattoo Training Field (next to the VRC)

  • May 19-August 26 Raise the Flag
    If you are a student 16 years of age or less, be sure to send in your entry to raise the Canadian flag on Signal Hill to start the day off right. All you have to do is email your name, age and one line saying why you want to raise the flag on Signal Hill (parental permission required). All those selected will receive a certificate bearing their name and stating that they raised the Canadian flag on Signal Hill to mark Parks Canada’s centennial. Entries will be drawn randomly (one email per contestant please). We will keep all names in the running until they are drawn. Where: Cabot Tower

  • May 19-August 26 – Weapons of Warfare (WoW) Tour
    A detailed interpretive tour of the military fortifications and technology on Signal Hill. Visitors will hike with period‑costumed interpreters from the summit of the Hill to the Queen’s Battery Barracks, where they will have an opportunity to fire a musket, learn to “read” a cannon, command a firing detail and much more. When: Call 709‑772-5367 to confirm, as tour times vary. Where: Meet the guides at the compass rose, hill summit.

  • July 22-Aug 20 – Shakespeare-By-The –Sea
    Enjoy live performances of Hamlet played out on our Tattoo performance field every Friday and Saturday, 6:00-9:00 pm.

  • July 22- Aug 20 – The Ghosts on the Hill
    Join storytellers every Saturday evening at the Queen’s Battery Barracks to explore the spooky side to Signal Hill’s history.

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Day 1: To celebrate “Great Forts Weekend” (August 20-21) Signal Hill will participate in a nationwide artillery demo from St. John’s to Fort Rodd Hill NHS on Vancouver Island.
    Day 2: On day 2 there will be a “Crossfire” demonstration of both artillery and small arms between units at Signal Hill, Fortress of Louisbourg and the Halifax Citadel. With the use of screens and streaming webcam video, visitors at each site will be able to see the events at the other two.

  • August 22-26 – The King’s Hard Bargain...A Camp of Instruction with The Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Foot c.1796”
    Have you ever wanted to live the life of a soldier? Well now you can! Participants immerse themselves in a week of training and enhanced interpretive/entertainment and cultural activities concluding with a full performance in dress uniform on the Tattoo performance field.

Terra Nova National Park

  • July-AugustA weekly 100th Anniversary Junior Naturalist Program
    This weekly children’s program will focus on Parks Canada’s Centennial Celebrations. Participants will learn about Parks Canada, its goals and responsibilities and some of its major milestones. We will celebrate 100 years of making memories in Canada’s special places, and discover innovative new ways to make own our memories in National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas while leaving them unimpaired for future generations to enjoy

  • July-AugustKids’ Hour
    Parents and preschoolers are invited to join us for an hour of discovery and fun. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with other children, in a fun and educational environment.

  • July-August Junior Naturalist Program
    Kids, are you looking for a fun and exciting club to join this summer? Then join the Junior Naturalist Club today! Just come along to any of the daily children's programs. At the end of the program (45 minutes-1 hour) you'll get your own Junior Naturalist Club card, which will be stamped after every program you attend. Collect prizes and become an official Junior Naturalist today

  • July-AugustOutdoor Theatre Programs
    The stage is set for another fun-filled season of drama like you've never seen before! All programs are designed to be entertaining and educational for the whole family.

  • July-AugustCampfire Programs

  • August 20-21 – Heritage Folk Festival
    This is an event you surely won't want to miss as musicians come together to celebrate traditional, Irish and Newfoundland music in the beautiful surroundings of the park.

  • October 8-10 – Thanksgiving Weekend
    In collaboration with local grocery stores, Parks Canada will provide Eco-friendly tote bags to the first 100 customers to promote Parks Canada and show our appreciation to Canadians.

Nova Scotia

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

  • August 21Aviation Day
    Join us for afternoon festivities and celebrate the flight of the Silver Dart airplane, an aviation first for Alexander Graham Bell's "Aerial Experiment Association" and Canada. Children's programs, Celtic music, a tetrahedral kite workshop and more await your visit.

  • September 17Harvest Home
    Welcome autumn in the style of the early 1900's at our annual "Harvest Home" modeled after the fall picnic the Bell's held at their Baddeck estate. Enjoy children's entertainment, face-painting, music, lots of games including three-legged race, potato race and sack race and more.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  • May to October – Celebration Stations
    Park interpreters will be setting up two Celebration Stations (Cheticamp and Ingonish) in which photographs and stories will be on display for visitors in celebration of Parks Canada's centennial and Cape Breton Highlands National Park's 75th anniversary. For a complete schedule of summer events and program activities, go to

  • September 12Full Moon Haunted Hike at Freshwater Lake
    Marvel at the moonbeams on the lake as you listen for the haunting call of the loon—or was that one of Ingonish's ghosts?

  • September 9-18 – Hike the Highlands Festival

  • October 12-14 – Celtic Colours Hikes

Fort Anne National Historic Site

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend Celebrations
    Discover how Fort Anne was built by participating in a special program celebrating Vauban-style fortifications. Attend our "Fab Forts Weekend" (1 pm – 4 pm) and be a part of Parks Canada's Centennial celebrations, including our special gun salute!

  • August 28Fort Anne Heritage Showcase

  • September 10Nova Scotia Charter Day

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

  • August 19Freedom of the City

  • August 20-21– Fab Forts Weekend Celebrations
    Join us during Famous Forts weekend and watch as military animators participate in a nationwide artillery demo from Signal Hill National Historic Site (NHS) in Newfoundland to Fort Rodd Hill NHS in British Columbia. Enjoy a “crossfire” demo of artillery and small arms between Signal Hill NHS, Fortress of Louisbourg NHS and Halifax Citadel NHS in Nova Scotia.

  • September 16-18 – 18th Century Encampment – Age of the Grand Armies

  • October 7-8 – World War II Encampment

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

  • August 19-21 – Dark Sky Weekend

  • October 7-10 – Keji Thanksgiving Weekend Celebrations

Port-Royal National Historic Site

  • August 21 – Fab Forts Celebrations

  • August 21 & September 11 – Mi’kmaq Heritage Days and Fab Forts Weekend
    1 pm – 4 pm. Mi'kmaq Heritage Day - Come experience Mi'kmaw traditions, history, drumming, song, games and lifestyle in the second edition of the series of three events highlighting Mi'kmaw culture. Participate in a game of waltes and be certain to visit the wigwam.

  • October 10 – Annapolis Royal Harvest Festival

Prince Edward Island

Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Come for a hike, join a guided tour or participate in an interpretation program!

Prince Edward Island National Park

  • May to OctoberGPS Heritage Quest
    Discover your park in a new way! Using GPS technology, you will be guided on a GPS Heritage Quest during which you will learn about the history of the north shore of Prince Edward Island, going back 100 years (or more!). During your quest, you will solve a puzzle using the clues you find along the way. Start your quest at the Cavendish Destination Centre or at the Dalvay-by-the-Sea Hotel, where you can rent a GPS unit, obtain instructions and get started! Visit the Prince Edward Island National Park website to obtain more information.

  • May to OctoberSensational Sandcastles
    Join Island artist, Maurice Bernard, and learn how to build your own Sensational Sandcastles. Maurice will be at Brackley and Cavendish Beaches this summer to teach you how to carve your own magic out of the sand of Prince Edward Island National Park’s beautiful beaches.

  • July 1 to September 2 Heritage Interpretation
    The interpretation team at Prince Edward Island National Park will be bringing you more than 30 interactive and engaging activities every week this summer. Hear the Salty Tales! Celebrate your own discoveries and Beach Finds! Take the Wild Edibles Walk! Feel the drum of the Mi’kmaq People! These programs and more will be offered from July 1 to September 2, 2011. Special programs, including bike hikes, roving beach guides and campfire concerts will also be held. Check the schedule in the 2011 Prince Edward Island National Park Visitor Guide and watch the website for details.

  • September 23-25 Play in the Park
    Come to Cavendish this September as local chefs, outstanding restaurateurs, Island food producers and PEI musicians come together to Play in the Park for the weekend. The weekend will feature a Cavendish Campfire, the second annual Picnic in the Park and a down home Kitchen Party! Visit the Prince Edward Island National Park website to find out more.

Prince Edward Island Historic Sites

  • Green Gables Heritage Place

  • July, August, September Explorers Program
    Parks Canada’s Xplorers program offers children and their families a menu of fun-filled activities of opportunities to learn about L. M. Montgomery, author of world-famous Anne of Green Gables (and 19 other novels and 500 other works of published fiction). Along with a collectable souvenir booklet, children will receive a certificate of merit and a complimentary souvenir. Free.

  • November 30 – L.M. Montgomery’s Birthday Celebration
    Published in 1908, the novel, Anne of Green Gables’s instant success resulted in a virtual overnight notoriety for a small and unassuming family farm on Prince Edward Island’s north shore. Join a heritage presenter on an illustrated tour and discovery of the evolution of Green Gables Heritage site as a literary landmark from 1908 through to 2011, 103 years following the publication of Anne of Green Gables and celebrating100 years of Parks Canada history. (6pm – 8 pm)


Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

  • July and AugustInterpretive talk on the National Parks of Canada – “Parks” that you have to see to believe!
    In Havre-Saint-Pierre, Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Aguanish and Baie-Johan-Beetz (consult the activity guide for all the details).

  • September (date to be confirmed) – Shoreline clean-up
    A shoreline clean-up activity will take place in September on one of the islands in the Mingan Archipelago. This volunteer activity involving high school students will increase awareness of the human impact on the environment. It is also a unique opportunity to tour one of the islands with a Parks Canada guide.

Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

  • August 20–21Archaeological Days
    Get a taste of what militiamen rations were like during the Battle of the Châteauguay.

  • October 1Friendly Games of Chess
    Starting at 1 pm, chess aficionados of all ages are invited to challenge each other to a friendly game of chess. Everyone can play at least one match with the giant chess board! Door prizes will be awarded.

Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Come and listen to the amazing stories of the Acadians, Mi'kmaq, sailors and French soldiers who participated in the Battle of the Restigouche in the summer of 1760!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

  • June to September – GPS bicycle treasure hunt

  • June to September – Long Saut dans le temps
    Tour of the canal and its surroundings.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

  • August 11–14 and 25–28 – “Wheat by the bushel!” The transit and processing of food.
    New: the Lachine Canal is offering a water shuttle between Lock No. 2 in the Old Port and the St. Gabriel Lock (corner of Des Seigneurs and St. Patrick). Two boats will travel between the two locks and canal guides will introduce visitors to the landscape in the area.

  • August 19–21 – Montreal Classic Boat Festival
    Centennial Squad – Locks 1 and 2 at the Old Port.

Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site

  • Throughout the summerA Garden Through Three Ages
    Tour a vegetable garden featuring varieties of vegetables and grasses from the three periods commemorated at the Cartier-Brébeuf NHS: the period of the Iroquois of the St. Lawrence, the period of Jacques Cartier and the period of Father Jean de Brébeuf. During the garden tour, visitors will learn more about the ways of life of the site’s occupants at different times in history.

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

  • Weekends in August Lachine Archaeo-Trek
    The Archéo-Lachine expedition introduces you to the archaeological wealth of four heritage sites in Lachine. Part of the tour will take place aboard a large rabaska canoe on the canal.

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

  • August 27 – Visiting Coteau with torches
    Theatrical trail and night tour of the military encampment. Interpretive stations recreating the fort’s atmosphere by torchlight. Meet the soldiers around the campfire.

  • August 27-28Military re-enactments

Forges-du-Saint-Maurice National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 21Fab Forts weekend
    Tourtières, terrines and other fine fares! - Are you curious to find out what our ancestors kept in their cupboards? Take advantage of these two Sundays in Archaeology Month to discover the culinary secrets of the Forges’ inhabitants.

  • August 26Historical music concert

    October 14-15 and 20-21Murder! Justice by Lamplight at the Forges

Forillon National Park of Canada

  • February 11–October 10My Forillon Story
    Exhibition at the Musée de la Gaspésie in Gaspé.

  • October 1-2Colour Festival
    Activities for the whole family in a splendid fall setting.

Fort Chambly National Historic Site

  • Starting June 24, 2011 – Views of Fort Chambly: 300 Years of Inspiration
    An exhibition of reproductions of the fort are presented on the occasion of the fort’s 300th anniversary.

  • Weekends in July and August – Fort Chambly Puts on its Sunday Best!
    Trades of yesteryear, military demonstrations, craftspeople, etc.

  • August 20-21 Celebrate the fête de la Saint-Louis and Fab Forts Weekend
    The fête de la Saint-Louis was a holy day of obligation under the French regime and an occasion to celebrate the construction of the first wooden fort. This year, the Fab Forts Weekend will also celebrate the 300th anniversary of its successor and current stone fort. Experience what it’s like to be in a French military camp and witness flintlock musket firings, all while discovering trades of yesteryears that contributed to the fort’s construction. This will be one of the rare occasions where you get to meet soldiers of the Compagnies franches de la Marine and their families. Military encampment and demonstrations, interpreters in period costumes, collective fort building, family picnic and evening concert, evening concert and centennial gun salute!

  • August 28 – Trades of Yesteryear: Spinner
    A craftswoman will demonstrate traditional spinning techniques.

  • September 4 – Harvest Time
    Harvests, food preservation and other domestic activities will be explained, lifting the curtain on our ancestors’ secrets for surviving the winter.

Fort Lennox National Historic Site

  • August 20-21Re-enactment of a historical encampment
    During the Fab Forts Weekend, the Fort Lennox proposes an American Revolution re-enactment - Explore the lives of American and British soldiers during the American War of Independence. Discover an island at the heart of a revolution. You will be amazed! And don’t miss our centennial gun salute!

  • August 22 to 26Mission: Conservation
    As part of the celebration of Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary, explore the back passages of an authentic fortification. Guides will explain the methods used to conserve historic sites. Participants will conserve an object.

  • August 27 – Friends of Fort Lennox annual méchoui
    Enjoy a feast of roast meat on charcoal. Part of the celebrations of Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Fort Lennox.

Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site

  • July 1 to September 5 – Terra Incognita, sur les traces de Troyes
    Exhibition by painter Luc Brévart in collaboration with l’Atelier Les Mille Feuilles

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Closing Festivities of the 325th Anniversary of De Troyes' Expedition to James Bay. Attend the Moulin à paroles, special readings by Albert Millaire and other personalities! Discover the Rose des Vents, an artistic work made by visitors under the supervision of Francine Marcotte! And that includes a centennial gun salute!

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Relive more than 300 years of military history in Quebec City, the only remaining fortified city in North America. This feature has contributed to Québec being named as a World Heritage City by UNESCO. Take a guided tour and learn about its unique stories, spread over four centuries.
    See a muskeg firing demonstration, meet the maid and her master in the Officers’ Quarters, sip a cup of Earl Grey tea while enjoying the luxurious setting of the British Officers’ Mess. Discover the Artillery Park Heritage Site and its important architectural legacy, a witness to more than two and a half centuries of history. Guaranteed fun! And do not miss the centennial gun salute!

  • September 24 Talk entitled "Les travailleuses de l'Arsenal fédéral de Québec" [The female workers of the Federal Arsenal of Quebec: more than a simple contribution to the war effort]
    In conjunction with the Journées de la culture and in co-operation with Culture pour tous, Brigitte Violette will give a talk on female workers of the federal arsenal in Quebec City. At 3 pm in the Arsenal at the Artillery Park heritage site.

Lévis Forts National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20 Twilight Concert
    After missing a year because of restoration work, the traditional Twilight Concert is back. Music by the Royal 22e Régiment with the cannons of the 6th Field Artillery Regiment, along with fireworks and music, a torch parade and other surprises to round out this special event, presented in collaboration with Célébrations Lévis 2011. 6:30 pm.

  • October 1 and 2 Journées de la culture

Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Come and explore a unique archaeological site under the Dufferin Terrace - the experience at the site promises to evolve in the next months as we are working on a concept never seen at Parks Canada. Visit the seat of power and the official residence of a majority of governors during 200 years of French and English regimes. One-hour guided tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the site is still free in 2011.

  • Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada

    August 27 The Archaeology of Grosse Île
    Archaeology activity presented in collaboration with Archéo-Québec. Presented at the Berthier-sur-Mer marina.

  • October 1–2 Culture Days

Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site of Canada

  • Weekends of August 14, 21 and 28 – St-Laurent Puts on its Sunday Best
    Music concerts

  • September 24 and 25Virée gourmande des Comptonales
    Both a gastronomic celebration and a photographic event, the Virée gourmande des Comptonales celebrates the diversity and excellence of the products and know-how of Compton artisans and the fertile Coaticook valley.

  • December 3-4 and 10-11 – The Comptonales Old-time Christmas Market
    The general store at the Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site opens its doors for an old-time Christmas market.

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site

  • August 7 and 21Sunday at the Manor
    Immerse yourself in the heart of 19th-century life. Learn about surprising tea traditions and discover the gardening secrets of Louis-Joseph Papineau himself! Whether in the manor’s muted atmosphere or on the estate’s sunny lawns, enjoy some unique and surprising experiences. Interactive activities for the whole family led by guides. In the afternoon.

  • September 4 Sunday at the Manor
    Immerse yourself in the heart of 19th-century life. Learn about surprising tea traditions and discover the gardening secrets of Louis-Joseph Papineau himself! Whether in the manor’s muted atmosphere or on the estate’s sunny lawns, enjoy some unique and surprising experiences. Interactive activities for the whole family led by guides. In the afternoon.

La Mauricie National Park of Canada

  • September 24-25Défi Vélo Mag (cycling race)

  • October 10Thanksgiving Colours Day

Quebec Service Centre
3 Passage du Chien d’Or, P.O. Box 6060, Haute-Ville, Quebec City, QC G1R 4V7, 418-648-4177

  • Throughout the year – Captivating Lectures
    The history, the environment and/or archaeology fascinate you? In 2011, come and celebrate the centennial of Parks Canada with us and listen to the presentations of our guest lecturers. They are passionate about their areas of interest and will reveal the best‑kept secrets of our natural and cultural heritage. Find out what Champlain liked to have for dinner; follow the tracks of timber wolves and discover the unknown paradise of the Mingan Archipelago in Quebec’s North Shore region. Each presentation will reveal another aspect of the vast Parks Canada network. There are many subject areas to choose from: fascinating stories, endangered species and military heritage, to name just a few. For information, contact Susan Hogan at 418-649-8242.

    Until January 2012 Moving with the River
    Parks Canada, in partnership with the Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec City, developed and produced this exhibition for presentation in the Museum.

Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

  • July 6 to August 27Live from Beneath the St. Lawrence
    Marine Environment Discovery Centre
    Explore underwater life, starfish, frilled anemones, lumpfish and much more. Take part in “Live from Beneath the St. Lawrence” in the company of interpreter-guides and experience an underwater dive in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park without getting wet. Reservations are recommended: call 418-233-4414.

  • July 6 to August 27 Ocean Encounter
    Cap de Bon Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre
    The St. Lawrence estuary is home to plant and animal life rich in form and colour. Enjoy a unique outdoor experience as diving naturalists go looking for marine invertebrates that you will be able to touch. Their behaviours and ways of life are presented around a touch pool where explorers young and old will be captivated by the water and its natural wonders!

  • September 3 and 4Festival marin des Escoumins 2011
    Visitors can attend film screenings and follow divers during a night dive: the marine life will take your breath away! At the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, 41 Rue des Pilotes in Les Escoumins.

Sir George Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

  • Weekends in August – Archaeology Month
    Would you know how to recognize different types of period bottles? What did people drink during a ceremonial meal?

  • September 1-3 and 8-10 – Le ciel est bleu, l’enfer est rouge [The Sky is Blue, Hell is Red]
    Electoral twists and turns of the period.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada

  • Saturdays in July and August – Tradition Saturdays
    Talks, demonstrations and workshops on various traditional activities.

  • August 21 – Village Festival
    Family festival: corn roast and music by Les amis du folklore.


Bellevue House National Historic Site

  • July and August Afternoon Tea
    You are invited to Bellevue House, the home of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Savour afternoon tea and live theatre in the spectacular gardens. Relax and sample fresh scones, jams, lemon butter, clotted cream, homemade shortbread, fresh fruit and teas. Costumed interpreters will take you to the 1840s and provide a glimpse into the life of John A. and his wife, Isabella. (Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday)

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21 – Fab Forts Weekend
    Friendly and well informed staff and volunteers in period costumes will offer a variety of programmes on the history of the fort, the War of 1812, and offer insights into life of a garrison. Attend military, musket and artillery demonstrations, and don’t miss the centennial gun salute!

  • August 27-28 – Echoes of Niagara's Past: A Timeline Weekend
    Immerse yourself in over 200 years of Niagara's military history and heritage, as living history re-enactors take the stage. From Loyalist soldiers and those of WWII, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of Canada's military past.

  • December 17 – Holiday Celebration at Navy Hall
    We are celebrating the holiday season and want you to join us! Navy Hall will be the site of a family holiday event that will include activities, crafts, and games for all to enjoy! Hot beverages and treats, as well as scheduled musket demonstrations will be provided. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The afternoon will end with an artillery demonstration at 4:00pm.
    *FREE with non-perishable food donation or monetary donations at the door collected for Newark Neighbours. Event located at Navy Hall - 305 Ricardo St., Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Come for live demonstrations, tours, and a hands-on experience of military life as experienced by the soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Malden nearly 200 years ago. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of this 18th century outpost. Listen to fascinating stories, tour the soldiers' barracks and cookhouse, witness musket demonstrations, and explore the fort's colourful history. Attend our centennial gun salute!

  • August 27-28Art by the River
    Art by the River is held annually the weekend before the Labour Day and it is the major fundraiser for the Gibson Gallery. First held in 1967, it has grown into the largest Arts and Crafts show in Essex County.
    Stroll the beautiful grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Site and select arts and crafts from the 135 talented artists and artisans from Essex County and across Ontario. Participate in hourly guided tours of Fort Malden and enjoy the wonderful ambiance of this great summer festival. Admission: $4.50 per person, children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Please no pets. Time: 10 am - 5 pm
    For more information, please visit

  • September 8-11Shores of Erie International Wine Festival
    This festival combines the perfect blend of regional wines, fine cuisine and an eclectic mix of live entertainment. Stroll the magnificent, waterfront grounds of one of Canada’s most important military sites. For more information on the festival, please visit their website at

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Combine 200-year-old stone ruins, a full moon, 150 flickering candles and what do you get? The perfect setting for a Ghost Walk! Add over 30 enthusiastic, costumed staff and volunteers and you’ve got the ideal recipe for a successful and memorable event. This is exactly what visitors to Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site of Canada will experience when they participate in the Ghost Walks to be held at the site this summer.

Fort Wellington National Historic Site

  • July and August Guided Tours of Fort Wellington
    Be escorted on a journey back in time with a soldier or his wife who will share exciting tales and tastes of the fort’s past. Explore the fort’s history and features during an engaging 1½ hour tour with a guide in historic costume. The tour concludes with period summer refreshments served within the walls of the fort.
    Regular Admission (Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm)

  • August 19 to 21 – Prescott Loyalist Days Re-Enactment Event and Fab Forts Weekend
    Come and join us at the fort for War of 1812 battle re-enactments, fireworks, a Mess Dinner, moonlight movie, and don’t miss our centennial gun salute!

  • August 22-26 Heritage Day Camp
    Children aged 7-12 can explore history through these week-long camps. Participants are required to provide and wear a period costume.
    Call to register: (613) 925-2896
    Program Fee

HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Hop aboard HMCS Haida, the sole surviving Tribal class destroyer of the Second World War. Explore the ship at your leisure. Go below decks to see the engine room then take in the bird's-eye view from the open bridge. This magnificent historical icon is yours to discover and don't leave without witnessing the centennial gun salute!

  • August 30Happy Birthday Haida!
    Join us for slice of cake as HMCS Haida celebrates the 68th anniversary of her commissioning in 1943.

Laurier House National Historic Site

  • June through August Afternoon Tea
    Enjoy the splendour of yesteryear while relaxing in the wicker furniture on the historic veranda of Laurier House, nestled on the restored grounds while enjoying a cup of tea and a gourmet scone. This experience includes a guided visit of Laurier House (Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
    Adults $9.80, seniors $8.40, youth $4.90. By reservation.

  • By reservationCandlelit Tour
    Glimpse into the personal life of Prime Minister King as Edward the Butler takes you behind the scenes. The candlelit tour of Laurier House evokes a sense of the personalities that shaped the politics of the first half of the 20th Century.
    Adults $9.80, seniors $8.40, youth $4.90.

Point Pelee National Park of Canada

  • All year roundGeocaching
    Family geocaching fun! Explore the Visitor Centre and the Woodland Nature Trail on this exciting scavenger hunt!

  • July 1-September 5Cruise
    Join us and cruise among the cattails with an interpreter in our ten-person canoe. ‘Meet' the marsh's carnivorous plant and take a glimpse at life below the water, as you discover a side of Point Pelee few have experienced.

Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

  • May 20-October 9 – Come Celebrate and Connect
    No need to wait until July this year. Please join us as Pukaskwa celebrates the Parks Canada Centennial by launching a new tradition of service: an updated WiFi‑equipped Hattie Cove visitor centre to be open every day. This is a place close to nature where you can feel at home and reflect in comfort beside the shore as we join together to say Happy 100th birthday, Parks Canada.
    Stimulate your senses as you sip a cup of bush tea with an elder, paddle a birch‑bark canoe, listen to a sample of local music, or meet one of many fine artists and view their original artwork. Visitors can participate in all of these activities all season long in the company of Park interpreters and our enthusiastic volunteers. Stay connected while connecting others to Pukaskwa. Keep in touch and share your Centennial experiences and photos with your networks around the globe in real time.

  • September 17First Annual Fall Ho Down and Reunion!
    Grab yer partner, bring ‘em down for some good old fashioned jigging. History is in the making at the First Annual Ho-Down Reunion with square dancing and fall feast. Re-live the glory days of the Pukaskwa Depot. Festivities all day and into the night at the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre and in the adjacent big tent. History in the making.

Rideau Canal national Historic Site

  • May 20-October 12Rideau Canal Ottawa Tourism Kiosk Open
    Parks Canada presents exhibits and programs describing the amazing feats of the canal builders and the evolution of the Canal from military route to a recreational waterway.

  • May 20-October 12Rideau Canal Waterway Open
    The Rideau Canal stretches 202 km from Kingston to Ottawa, connecting boaters and visitors with an earlier time when canal building was a means of improving trade and defending a growing nation. Today the canal operates much as it did over 150 years ago with limestone locks, hand-operated cranks, wooden lock master houses, and stone supply buildings. It offers the perfect setting for relaxation and recreation, particularly for paddlers.

  • May 21-October 10Rideau Canal Museum Open
    The Rideau Canal Museum is housed in a 19th‑century stone building that was once a mill: the Woods Mills Complex. Inside, high-tech displays and a variety of artefacts bring the history of the canal to life: its construction from 1826 to 1831, its role throughout history, and the distinct lifestyle and folklore associated with the Rideau Waterway.
    Explore the unique Tunnel of History. Take a short climb to the Lookout to see a panoramic view of the canal and the Town of Smiths Falls. Test your skills as a Canal Captain in a steerable model boat. Sit back in the Museum’s auditorium to view a short presentation.
    Discover one of Canada’s historic routes: Visit the Rideau Canal Museum and soak in a day of fun!

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

  • Sundays in AugustHeritage Teas
    Travel back in time as you lunch in style at the Superintendent’s Residence. Enjoy tea and a selection of sandwiches and desserts served by Parks Canada staff in historic costume. Entertainment will be provided and tickets must be purchased in advance. Please call the site at 807-941-6205 to make a reservation.

St. Lawrence Islands National Park

  • May 21-September 5Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre Open
    Meet “Willow”, our resident grey rat snake, and other animals native to Ontario. Check out the mystical, silent world of owls in our new travelling exhibit “Northern Owls” from the Royal Ontario Museum. Bring a picnic lunch and explore new outdoor exhibits on Mohawk culture and listen to the stories of local residents who make a difference in our ecosystem. Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • July and AugustFeeding Time
    Learn more about what the animals in our ecosystem are eating and how they find and consume their food as we feed the Visitor Centre's summer residents. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

  • July and August – Roving Interpretation
    Is fire a friend or foe? What's happening to the turtles in the river? Watch for park interpreters on the weekends as they rove through the campsites and docks of national park islands to share the stories of St. Lawrence Islands National Park.

  • July and August Landon Bay Nature Day Camp
    In partnership with the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, St. Lawrence Islands National Park offers programming during the Landon Bay Nature Day Camp's week-long sessions. Children ages 6 to 11 will explore a new environmental theme each week through outdoor adventures, experiments, crafts and other fun activities. Please contact the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve at 613-659-4824 or visit for program, registration and fee information.

  • September 16-18 & 24-25Art in the Park
    Peruse original art inspired by the beautiful thousand islands at the Thousand Islands Fine Arts Association (TIFAA) art exhibit in the Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre. Help us celebrate the winners of the 2011 Art in the Park art contest and be inspired to pick up a brush yourself!

  • October 1Hill Island Hike
    Participate in an off-trail guided hike through the national park's nature preserve on Hill Island to learn more about the scientific research taking place in this protected area of the park. Meet in the 1000 Islands SkyDeck parking lot on Hill Island. Bridge toll will be charged to access Hill Island. 1 – 3 p.m.

Woodside National Historic Site of Canada

  • Tuesdays in July and AugustMid-Summer Nights
    Evening program 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, $7.80 per person

  • August 4, 11, 18, 25Mad Hatter Parties
    Enjoy a hot beverage at our parties! Pre-registration required by calling 519-571-5684 ext. 25, $14.70 per person at 1:30 pm

  • September 17"Doors Open Waterloo Region"
    View the city from Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower. Free admission to the tower! 10 am to 5 pm

  • October 7 to16Experience an 1890s Thanksgiving
    Regular admission. 10 am to 5 pm

The Canadian Prairies

Manitoba | Saskatchewan


Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Celebrate Parks Canada’s Centennial with a visit to this scenic historic treasure!

  • August 20-21 Harvest Celebraton Weekend & Fab Forts Weekend
    Our Fab Fort focused mainly on supplying a vast network of isolated posts in western and northern Canada. On this weekend we celebrate the harvest of the grains, fruits and vegetables grown here. Try your hand at flailing and winnowing grain, grinding the grain into flour, learning how to make pemmican and stock your medicine chest, or sample an ear of corn.

  • September 25Run Through History

  • October 14-29Ghost Tours

  • December 4 and 11A Red River Christmas

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    A Day at the Fort: free transportation and special Tour of the Fort to celebrate the Fab Forts Weekend.

  • September 4Bicentennial of arrival of Selkirk Settlers at Fort Churchill (Churchill Visitor Centre)

Riding Mountain National Park of Canada

  • June 27 to September 2 – Junior Naturalist Program
    An education program geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 12. Half-day programs include workshops, hikes and experiments relating to the natural and cultural heritage of Riding Mountain National Park. Parents can register their children at the Nature Shop in the Visitor Centre – advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. Programs run Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, visit or call 1-204-848-4037.

  • June 28 to September 3 – Young Explorers Program
    An education program geared toward children between the ages of 7 and 14. Programs include hikes and experiments relating to the natural world of Riding Mountain National Park. Parents can register their children at either the Nature Shop in the Visitor Centre or at the Friends Learning Centre at 154 Columbine – advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. Programs run Tuesday evenings (7 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday morning (10 a.m to noon) from the Learning Centre. For more information, visit or call 1-204-848-4037.

  • June 29 to September 2 – Li’l Critter Camp
    Friends of RMNP is excited to announce a new Li’l Critter Camp program for children ages 5 and up! Offered Mondays to Fridays during July and August, Li’l Critter Camp will take place at the Friend Learning Centre (154 Columbine Street) from 4 to 5 p.m. Featuring arts & crafts, games and sports activities, Li’l Critter Camp is a great way to end the afternoon.

  • August 20 – B00 in the Park
    Halloween is so much fun we have to celebrate it twice a year! Wasagaming will be overrun with princesses and superheroes, ghosts and goblins and the streets will be festooned with spiderwebs and pumpkins. Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at local businesses that will feature spooky games, a haunted house and some really elaborate decorations! Visit for more details.

  • August 20 – Supper-In-The-Field
    Created in 2004, Parkland Tourism’s Supper-In-The-Field was the first rural culinary tourism event in Manitoba. Created in honour of Fall Suppers, regional chefs in partnership with the Elkhorn Resort prepare an al fresco feast complete with a selection of fine wines all set under a large white tent and accompanied by live music. Visit for more details and to reserve your sitting.

  • August 20 – Free Concert in the Park
    Enjoy a free outdoor concert on the shores of Clear Lake in Central Park. Big name headliner to be announced soon.

  • August 20 to 21 – Harvest Sun Music Festival in Kelwood

  • August 23 to 28 – Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival
    The sixth annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival is an important part of Canada’s cultural calendar, delighting people of all ages with a powerful musical experience. This year there will be seven magnificent concerts including a jazz cruise aboard the Martese on Clear Lake. Featured artists include: Alexander and Daniel Tselyakov, piano; James Ehnes, violin; Leanne Zacharias, cello; Joel Brennan, Trumpet; Naomi Forman, Soprano; Michael Cain, Jazz piano. Tickets are available at several local businesses and Friends of Riding Mountain National Park. For more information, visit

  • September 4 – Prisoner of War Wagon Tour
    From North Africa to the North Woods – Take a wagon trip back to a unique chapter in Canada’s history. Allow yourself to be transported back in time to a Canadian Prisoner of War (POW) camp in the backcountry of Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) located in south western Manitoba. Guided by Riding Mountain National Park interpreters and Friends of RMNP staff, you will ride in a horse-drawn wagon and experience a taste of what some young German soldiers who were captured on the battle lines in North Africa saw and felt when they were shipped to Canada’s rugged wilderness to await the end of the Second World War. Call 1-888-773-8888 or email to reserve your spot on this one of a kind adventure.

  • September 17 & 19 – 2011 Riding Mountain Challenge - MS Bike Tour
    This two-day Bike Tour begins at the Parkland Recreation Complex in Dauphin. 350 cyclists journey 70 km south to Danceland in Clear Lake on day one and return to Dauphin on day two. Overnight, participants along with our many incredible volunteers, friends and family enjoy an evening of great food, entertainment and so much more. Secure your spot today and register at or phone 204-622-2941 for additional information.

  • September 17 to 19 – Prairie Pathfinders in RMNP
    Come and meet other people who love to walk - whether it’s weekly walks in Winnipeg or hikes throughout Manitoba! Prairie Pathfinders have twice weekly urban walks that are 5 - 6 km in length and last from 60 to 90 minutes. Prairie Pathfinders Walking Club has been in operation since 1999. They invite non-members to be their guest for a hike or two before deciding to join. Please visit to request a complimentary invitation.

  • September 21 – Clear Lake Clean-Up
    Coordinated by Erickson Collegiate Institute students, the annual Clear Lake Cleanup is one hundreds of events taking place across the country as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Not only is litter picked up, but the results are sorted and weighed to give Parks Canada a clearer picture of how to address the problem of litter along our shores. This event is open to the public so if you would like to “pitch in” as a group or an individual, please call 1-888-773-8888 or email for more information.

  • September 22 to 25 – Sonics & Sojours Festival
    A fall festival of Learning and Music in Onanole and Wasagaming featuring At The Farm Gate, a market for local producers and crafters to showcase the bounty of the region. Other activities include concerts and music workshops, interpretive programs and more! Visit for more information.

  • September 24 – Parkland Humane Society Walk Around the Moon
    Join other supporters of the Parkland Humane Society to raise funds for their animal shelter and programs by walking around Moon Lake.

Riel House National Historic Site

  • September 4Metis Harvest Celebraton

The Forks National Historic Site

  • May 21 to September 5 - Cache Me If You Can!
    High-Tech History Hunts! Using GPS technology and a self-guiding booklet, track down history at The Forks and locate a hidden geocache. Come celebrate Parks Canada's 100th anniversary!
    10:00 am 3:00 pm


Batoche National Historic Site

  • June 21-Sept 15 – Métis Art Exhibit
    Come and see one of the largest Métis art exhibit since 1985 in the newly renovated Visitor Centre.

Fort Battleford National Historic Site

  • August 20-21 Fab Forts Weekend
    Join in and experience, the sights and the sounds of a North West Mounted Police fort. The highlight of the day comes as all historic forts across Canada will be simultaneously firing their guns and cannons.

  • August 26 – Ghost Walk
    Come join us on a lantern‑lit guided walk in the evening. Visit four historic buildings, where the guide describes unexplainable phenomena that have occurred over the years to staff, volunteers and visitors. We have many stories to tell. The question is: "Do you believe in Ghosts?" - 8:00 pm

  • October 29 – Haunted Halloween
    Come join us for a night of Halloween activities and thrills. Tour the historic buildings and see what surprises await. - 8:00 pm

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

  • August 20-21 – Fab Forts Weekend
    Relive a great era, when the North West Mounted Police brought the Queen's law to the prairies! Come and experience Fort Walsh. History comes alive as guides dressed in period costumes lead you through buildings furnished to the 1880's. Taste fresh baking at the cook tent and see how historic weapons were used. Special gun salute to celebrate Parks Canada’s centennial.

Grasslands National Park

  • May 20-Sept 30 – Astronomy Program (West Block)
    Learn the myths of the constellations, catch a glimpse of a planet or perhaps see a shooting star! Fees apply. Meet at Two Trees Trail. (Every Friday evening, except July 1 - 9:00 pm)

  • May 22-Sept 25 – Teepee Rings and Other Things (West Block)
    Learn about the First Nations people who once lived in this area and see amazing finds from the past. Distance: 3 km. Fees apply. Meet at the Visitor Centre (every Sunday except September 4; also every Wednesday in July and August - 8:30 am).

  • Jun 1 - Aug 30 – Little Trail on the Prairie
    Learn about the richly textured world of the Frenchman River. The source of life for People and Critters! Distance 1 km. Fees apply. Meet at Belza Viewpoint. (Every Wednesday in June; Mondays and Thursdays in July/August and Saturdays in September except for September 3. 9:00 am)

  • July 5 - Aug 30 – Prairie Stories (West Block)
    A great overview of Grasslands National Park. Hike to the top of the famous 70mile Butte. Distance 5km. Fees apply. Meet at the Visitor Centre. (Every Tuesday. 8:30 am)

  • August 6 and 27 – Dinosaur Safari
    Search for dinosaur fossils in the Badlands of Rock Creek. Pre-registration is required. Fees apply. Meet at McGowan’s Campground, 9:00 am

  • Aug 20 and September 3 – Cowboy Coffee (West Block)
    Listen to stories about the open range, go for a wagon ride and taste a cup of traditional cowboy coffee. Pre-registration is required. Fees apply. Meet at Visitor Centre. 9:00 am

  • September 4 – Wood Mountain Wind –Up (East Block)
    Sit back and enjoy the cultural stories from the prairie people who have experienced this colourful landscape first-hand! Free.

Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site

  • May 22-Sept 5 – Memories of Motherwell
    Tell your stories; reminisce about your adventures at Motherwell Homestead. Watch the stories grow over the summer.

  • August 21 – Binding and Stooking/Chore Team Driving Competitions
    Join us for one of the site’s main events – binding and stooking of this year’s harvest. Activities include a chore team driving competition and blacksmithing demonstrations. Help out with the harvest and try your hand at binding and stooking. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • September 4 – Threshing Day
    Join us for an old fashion threshing day. See the 1911 Hart Parr tractor and Case separator in action as they thresh this year’s harvest. Activities also include blacksmithing demonstrations and wagon rides. 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Prince Albert National Park

  • July 1st to August 31 – Parks Canada Xplorers Program
    Park visitors aged six to 11 check in and are given a booklet of activities to guide them through their visit. Participants explore the park with their families and earn a certificate and souvenir. Program is available at the Nature Centre.

Western Canada

Alberta | British Columbia


Banff National Park
All events are free

  • June 29-August 31Interpretive theatre shows in Lake Louise
    Join us for entertaining and educational theatre shows at several campgrounds. Ask at campground kiosks or visitor centres for schedules. Great for adults and kids, these programs are open to the public, whether you’re staying at the campground or not! Free with park admission.

  • July, August, September Xplorers Program in Banff & Lake Louise
    Parks Canada’s Xplorers program offers children with their families fun-filled activities to learn about their national parks and national historic sites. Through a collector’s booklet, children will receive an achievement certificate and souvenir. Free with park admission.

  • September 30Sanson’s Centennial Stroll
    Follow in the footsteps of naturalist and original curator of the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, Norman Bethune Sanson, to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Guided by Parks Canada Heritage Ambassadors, this moderately challenging hike will take you to the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site, and end at the Banff Park Museum NHS sipping iced tea and exploring the museum as Sanson would have known it more than a century ago. Recommended for participants ages 10 and up. Call 403-762-1550 for details. Time TBA

  • September 30 to October 2 Banff Culture Days
    Parks Canada, The Banff Centre, and local art galleries and cultural organizations invite you to get involved and inspired during three exciting days of hands on workshops, performances, film screenings, music, dance and art.

  • September 30Drawn to Nature
    In partnership with The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery, Parks Canada presents "Drawn to Nature", four monthly drawing sessions held at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Participants of all ages and levels of experience will be welcomed into the museum after hours, to explore various still-life sketching techniques in an informal drawing session inspired by the rich history of the museum's collection. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery. Call 403-762-6281. All materials will be provided. 7 – 9 p.m.

  • October 2 Doors Open – Banff National Park Administration Building
    Guided tours will be offered through the Park Administration Building.1 – 4 p.m.

  • October 14 “Steeped in History”, Seniors and Youth Centennial Tea Party
    Banff Seniors and school children are invited to celebrate Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Transportation to the site, tea, treats and special guided tours of the museum will be provided. 2 - 4 p.m.

  • October 26-30 “Olde Time Fright Night”
    Award-winning Parks Canada theatre troupe, Mountain WHIT, transforms the nooks and crannies of the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site into spooky places where the secrets of the past 100 years come to life. Not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Space is limited; preregister at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. start times

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

  • August 28First Nations Day
    Drummers, dancers and speakers gather at Roundup Camp.

  • September 11Chore Horse Competition
    The heavy horses perform through a series of skill testing manoeuvres.

Elk Island National Park

  • September 4Dark Sky Celebration

Jasper National Park

  • May 20-October 9Roving Interpreters
    Armed with animal hides, horns, antlers, rocks and other props, interpreters are ready to answer your questions and help you make the most of your visit. You may meet these park employees at Maligne Canyon, Athabasca Falls or other major day use areas.

  • May 20-October 8Outdoor Theatre - Whistlers Campground
    All Park visitors are welcome to attend these evening activities that include a mix of family nights, research insights and special guest performances. Activities are held on weekends only until July 1, then run nightly until September 9, when they switch back to weekends only until October 8.

  • July 1-October 8Explorers Program
    Parks Canada’s Xplorers program offers children with their families fun-filled activities to learn about their national park and national historic sites. Through a collector’s booklet, children will receive an achievement certificate and souvenir. Free.

  • July 1-September 3Xplorers Tent - Whistlers Campground Theatre Area
    Drop by and see the staff about your Parks Canada Xplorer booklet that offers suggestions for the whole family to get involved with activities. 5:00-6:00 pm: Junior Naturalist & 6:00 – 7:00 pm: A variety of hands-on activities and new programs offer 6 – 11 year olds and their parents’ opportunities to learn together.

  • July 1-September 3Campfire Programs – Wabasso and Wilcox campgrounds
    Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm bring your cup and relax by the warm glow of a campfire enjoying complimentary tea or hot chocolate. Park Interpreters will entertain the whole family with true tales of adventures, and share stories about the features in this spectacular park.

  • August 19Launch of the Brigade
    The Athabasca River Voyageur Brigade launches at the Jasper Airfield on a 3 day brigade east of the park. Follow the Athabasca River east to Hinton and observe the brigade in action as they paddle for 60 km. to Brule. Viewing is available at many highway pull outs. 8 a.m.

  • October 21-24 (dates to be confirmed) – Dark Skies Star Festival
    Jasper National Park has been designated a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), making this the largest preserve of its kind in the world….and that’s something to celebrate! The Dark Skies Star Festival, delivered in partnership with Tourism Jasper and the community of Jasper, will include events and activities for everyone from the serious astronomers who get up in the wee hours of the night to spot astronomical phenomenon to those who would rather enjoy the stars through the sky light in their cars.

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
All events are free

  • August 20 & 21Bastions & Bones and Fab Forts Weekend
    From fur trade heights to ghostly ruins - double the fun: this year we are celebrating the national Fab Forts Weekend with our Bastions & Bones special event. Unearth the amazing history of Rocky Mountain House that began over 200 years ago. From towering bastions in its heyday to the archaeological discoveries of today, you will surely dig it! Don’t miss our centennial gun salute, and the Brierly Whitewater Classic – an invitation from the Rocky Canoe Club to boaters of all ages!

  • August 16-19 & 22-25Archaeology in Action
    The Rocky Mountain House Public Archaeology Program provides a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to join supervised digs at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada. Unravel the mysteries of the past working side by side with Parks Canada archaeologists and historians!

Waterton Lakes National Park

  • July, August, September Xplorers!
    Discover Waterton Lakes National Park through our Xplorer program designed for families with children aged 6 to 11. Pick up an Xplorers activity book from the Heritage Center on Waterton Ave or the Visitor Center, and complete as many of the activities as possible to receive a certificate and souvenir.

  • September 24-25Waterton Wildlife Weekend
    Waterton's wildlife is at its best in the fall. This weekend features a variety of wildlife events. This event is presented by Trail of the Great Bear.

  • October 12nd Annual Super's Cycle Ride / Parks Canada Thanks Canada
    Ride along a vehicle-free Red Rock Parkway! The road will be closed to all vehicle traffic and you can ride as far as your interest takes you - just a short distance or all the way to Red Rock Canyon and back (30 km round-trip). There will be snack stations, a support vehicle, and lots of encouragement along the way. After the ride, join us at Pass Creek for a centennial celebration BBQ.
    This is a family event. Helmets are mandatory for anyone under 18, and highly recommended for everyone else. We encourage children to come with a legal guardian.

Wood Buffalo National Park

  • September 5Summer Wrap up Guided Hike- Salt Meadow Loop

British Columbia

Fort Langley National Historic Site

  • July 1- September 5 – 100 Things to do this summer
    Looking for some good old-fashioned fun? Discover the faces of Fort Langley, explore the fort with your very own beaver kit, watch a theatre production, visit the farm animals, and get married at the fur trade wedding! Check out our website before you visit for the latest program schedule, including black powder salutes, as we continue to celebrate Parks Canada’s centennial.

  • August 20-21 – Fab Forts Weekend
    Black Powder and cannon salute and fur trade fun! Gun salute with small arms. Stop by the Fort Langley Farmers' Market on Sunday!

  • September 3- 5Fort Farm Fair
    Farm-related family fun! Feed farm animals, enjoy farm games, take garden tours and more. 10 am - 6 pm

  • October 8Cranberry Day
    Cranberry bannock, cranberry guessing game, and vendors come together in the town of Fort Langley.

  • October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30Grave Tales
    The popular "Grave Tales" are back! Spine-chilling stories, hauntings and bloody tales are depicted at night by our expert storytellers. Get your tickets in advance.

  • November 19 Douglas Day
    Come celebrate! Exactly153 years ago, BC was proclaimed a crown colony on this spot.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

  • August 16 - 23Medieval Village and Fab Forts Weekend
    Travel through time and wake up in the 14th century. Look, smell, listen…The Middles Ages are here. Stroll among the tents where armourers, weavers, carpenters, pewterers and calligraphers work with the tools and techniques of the era. The Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages actors and members take pride in displaying their medieval dresses and attires. Let them show you their tools and creative masterpiece. Be inspired by their stories and join the entertainments. Finish the day with the thunder of "Firepower"—as historic small arms and artillery fire a salute to Parks Canada's centennial!

  • September 1117th Annual English Car Affair in the Park
    At precisely 10 am, the skirl of the pipes will herald the start of this very popular event. Over a hundred classic and vintage British automobiles will festoon Fort Rodd Hill’s open meadow. Sponsored by the Old English Car Club of BC, this event will delight connoisseurs and intrigue newcomers. Each year, vehicles of a selected marque are showcased under the streamers of the maypole.

  • September 24 Lantern Tour
    Grab your coats and step into time as Fort Rodd Hill opens its doors for an exclusive, after-dark guided tour. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on re-enactors in uniform going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at Rodd Hill during the period of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way!

Fort St. James National Historic Site

  • August 20-21Fab Forts Weekend
    Discover Fort St. James’ completely restored Hudson's Bay Company post. Glimpse the way of life in the 19th century of trade and commerce. At your leisure, rub shoulders with trappers inside the buildings. Run your hands through fur pelts! Look up, see smoked salmon drying in the rafters. Hear stories of the relationship between the fur traders and the Dakelh First Nations. Enjoy a firsthand experience of how trappers and traders lived, ate, worked and died more than a century ago. Centennial gun salute.

  • August 27Métis Day
    Jigging, dancing, storytelling and celebrating. The rich tapestry of Fort St. James Metis past returns on this special day.

  • September 17 Harvest the Garden Day
    One of the oldest working community gardens in British Columbia yields potatoes, turnips, lettuce, carrots and other fresh produce. Help harvest the garden or show up and buy the fresh ingredients first-hand.

  • September 24Old Fashioned Community Picnic
    Our famous season ending send off to a spectacular 2011 summer season. Music, chicken races, traditional games, Jello eating contest and free beef dips to all park visitors at lunch. Free admission sponsored by the District of Fort St. James, BC.

Glacier National Park

  • May 1 to October 10125 km Hike Challenge
    We challenge you to hike 125 kilometres in Yoho and Glacier national parks in 2011! Record your hikes and once you reach 125 km, you get a free prize. Pick up a booklet and claim your prize at the Friends of Yoho store at the Visitor Centre in Field or Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier at Glacier Circle Bookstore in Rogers Pass National Historic Site.

  • September 24-25Great Glacier Camp-out
    Pound your stakes into the ground and put your steaks on the grill at the Great Glacier Camp-out, an opportunity to get together with campers who have been in love with Illecillewaet Campground for half a century.

  • Date to be determined 125th Anniversary of Glacier National Park
    Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. Join Parks Canada and the Canadian Forces as they honour the 50th anniversary of their partnership in operating the worlds’ largest mobile avalanche control program at Rogers Pass. An event not to be missed! Live music, new exhibits, World Heritage Interpretive Theatre, cake and refreshments. Check out our website for details.

  • Date to be determined Music in the Meadows
    Swiss alphorns meet classical song in the meadows at the site of Glacier House – western Canada’s original mountain resort.

  • December 3 Dog Sled Mail Run
    Relive the winter mail runs of a century ago on the 1885 Trail – an event for the whole family.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

  • June 24 - August 26 Music at the Cannery
    Celebrate summer every Friday night with our summer music series. A wide range of musical tastes will be represented. Performers take to our outdoor stage at 6:30 pm.

  • August 27 - October 28 – Fishing the West Coast Photo Contest
    This photo contest celebrates fishing on the West Coast of Canada. Vote for your favourite photo.

  • September19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
    Ahoy mateys! A day of pirate fun awaits you at the Cannery. Kids crafts and activities, and a prize for the best pirate phrase.

  • October 29 & 30Haunted Cannery Tours
    Prepare for a hair-raising tour though the Cannery as ghosts of the departed lead guests on a spooky journey through BC’s fishing history.

  • December 3 Christmas in Steveston
    The holiday spirit comes to Steveston with Santa’s arrival by boat.

Kootenay National Park

  • June 29-August 31Interpretive theatre shows
    Join us for entertaining and educational theatre shows at several campgrounds. Ask at campground kiosks or visitor centres for schedules. Great for adults and kids, these programs are open to the public, whether you’re staying at the campground or not! Free with park admission.

  • July-SeptemberXplorers Program
    Parks Canada’s Xplorers program offers children with their families fun-filled activities to learn about their national parks and national historic sites. Through a collector’s booklet, children will receive an achievement certificate and souvenir. Free with park admission.

Parks Canada in Vancouver

  • May to August – Parks Canada Presents: Beaver Tales Theatre Company
    Watch for Parks Canada's exciting, educational new theatre troupe at the hottest events this summer. Join the wacky antics of Justine the Beaver and Fingers the Raccoon for some tail-slapping fun! Meet the characters, sing-along, hear the stories, and laugh aloud at as they bring to life Canada’s national parks and historic sites. All performances are free and guaranteed to delight kids and adults of all ages. Shows will be held throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Yoho National Park

  • May 1 to October 10125 km Hike Challenge
    We challenge you to hike 125 kilometres in Yoho and Glacier national parks in 2011! Record your hikes and once you reach 125 km, you get a free prize. Pick up a booklet and claim your prize at the Friends of Yoho store at the Visitor Centre in Field or Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier at Glacier Circle Bookstore in Rogers Pass National Historic Site.

  • June 29-August 31Interpretive theatre shows
    Join us for entertaining and educational theatre shows at several campgrounds. Ask at campground kiosks or visitor centres for schedules. Great for adults and kids, these programs are open to the public, whether you’re staying at the campground or not! Free with park admission.

  • July-SeptemberXplorers Program
    Parks Canada’s Xplorers program offers children with their families fun-filled activities to learn about their national parks and national historic sites. Through a collector’s booklet, children will receive an achievement certificate and souvenir. Free with park admission.

  • July 1-August 31Geocaching
    Ready for some high-tech treasure hunting? Track down the hidden history around Kicking Horse Campground using hand-held GPS devices to find hidden containers, called geocaches. It’s fun for the whole family! Free with park admission.

Northern Canada

Northwest Territories| Nunavut | Yukon

Northwest Territories

Nahanni National Park Reserve

  • June-September – Bio Blitz Bingo and Citizen Science
    S. Nahanni River Virginia Falls Rabbitkettle Lake - Have fun viewing and recording various species while in the park. Help us monitor wildlife and plot your results on the map in Nahanni Butte at the end of your trip. The results can then be used by researchers to determine the biodiversity of certain areas within the park.

  • July & August – Interpretation
    Nahanni Butte, Virginia Falls Rabbitkettle Lake - All summer long enjoy Campfire Programs, Legends and Storytelling, Guided Hikes, and Cultural Demonstrations

Wood Buffalo National Park

  • May 24 to Sept 1Walk the town (Town Tour or Rapids Hike)
    Take a guided town tour to discover this friendly, multicultural community nested along the banks of the mighty Slave River. Learn about its history, its landscape and about the people who have made Fort Smith their special place. Please pre-register at Wood Buffalo National Park office. (Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1pm and 6pm)

  • May 25 to Aug 31Paddle your way (canoe program)
    Discover the beauty of paddling in the aquamarine water of Pine Lake. From 1pm to 4pm, participate in the Pine Lake canoe program and learn about the flora and fauna of Pine Lake, the boreal forest, the bison living around Pine Lake and also why Pine Lake is an uvala. Please pre-register at Wood Buffalo National Park office. (Every Wednesday, 1-4pm)

  • May 27 to Sept 2Wheel your way (Bike Tour)
    Cyclists will enjoy a guided tour along trails of Wood Buffalo National Park. From 6pm to 8pm, come and enjoy riding your bike in the trails while you’re learning about the park. Bring a snack and water and get your wheels rolling! Please pre-register at Wood Buffalo National Park office. (Every 2nd Friday, 6-8pm)

  • May 28 to Sept 3Junior Naturalist at Pine Lake
    While camping at Pine Lake campground or simply there to enjoy a warm day, youth will be invited to join a guide-interpreter along the shore of Pine Lake to learn about nature, fauna, flora and wildlife. (Every Saturday at 1 pm)

  • May 29 to Sept 4 Walk in the wild (Guided Hikes)
    Join a guide-interpreter along the trails of Wood Buffalo National Park. Hike in the splendour of the boreal forest where wildlife and discoveries are part of the adventure. Hikes will take place on Sundays at 1pm.
    Please register at Wood Buffalo National Park office. (Every Sunday at 1pm)

  • September 5Summer Wrap up Guided Hike- Salt River Meadow Loop


Quttinirpaaq National Park

  • August – Presentation by Archaeologists (Doug Stenton, Bob Park)

Ukkusiksalik National Park

  • August 23 – Showcase the signing of UNP – IIBA


Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

  • Popular activities
    • Classic Chilkoot Trail Hike:
      A multi-day hike from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett, B.C.
    • All-Canadian Experience: Multi-day hikes departing from Bennett, B.C.
    • Bennett Camping Experience:
      Single or multi-day camping and hiking in the historic Gold Rush town site of Bennett, B.C.

  • June & August – Artist in Residence
    The 2011 Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Artist in Residence Program is a pilot project with the potential of being expanded to other national historic sites or national parks in the Yukon. Sponsored by Yukon Arts Centre, each artist will spend 4 weeks on the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site exploring, photographing, sketching and participating in park programming. What a great beginning to a summer centennial.

Klondike National Historic Sites

  • May 5-September 23 – Visitor Centre
    Activities at the Visitor Centre:
    • 3 films play continuously - Dawson During the Gold Rush, Frozen Gold, Days of the Riverboats
    • Model of Dredge No. 4
    • Variety of artifacts and displays
    • Ticket sales for all Parks Canada Klondike NHS programs

  • May 14-September 9 – Guided tours

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

  • May 14-September 9 – Guided tours

Kluane National Park and Reserve

  • May 14 to September 23 – Haines Junction Visitor Centre
    Activities at the Visitor Centre:
    • Watch a 17 minute movie on the park
    • Look at the 3D topographical model of the park
    • Look at the displays on Kluane’s history, fauna and flora and mountains

  • May to mid-September – Tachal Dhal Visitor Center
    Popular Activities:
    • Campfire talks at Kathleen Lake campground offered from mid June to the end of August
    • Guided hikes and guided walks offered from mid-June to the end of August. The walks are more of a stroll while the hikes may be up to 6 hours in length
    • Interpretation programs
    • Camping at Kathleen Lake campground – 39 sites available in the summer , outhouses, no electricity, bear-proof lockers, small amphitheatre
    • Boating, fishing, fishing at Kathleen Lake. The Kathleen Lake day-use area is open year round and has a day use shelter with stove, picnic tables, rocky beach and boat launch.
    • Hiking on the variety of day or overnight trails in the park

Vuntut National Park
Limited access by air, water and snow from Old Crow. A permit is required for park entry.
Exhibits, interpretation and information available year-round at the John Tizya Centre in Old Crow.

  • Popular activities
    • Backpacking /Wildlife viewing
    • Learning about Vuntut Gwitchin culture