Kouchibouguac National Park
October 7-10 – Kouchibouguac Fall Fest
Fall colours, music, physical challenges and great food, all packaged in nature!
Fundy National Park
October 8 – Thanksgiving Pumpkin Carving Contest
Show us how the nature of Fundy inspires you! Bring your creativity (and a knife!) to Chignecto North Campground’s kitchen shelter before the loop to site 52. We will supply the pumpkins. Winners will be announced at the campfire program that evening. Prizes will be awarded!
Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne National Park
October 7 – Gros Morne Geology Event
Terra Nova National 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.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
October 12-14 – Celtic Colours Hikes
Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
October 10 - 14 - Celtic Colours: The Bell Series
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - Free
Featured festival artists share their stories, knowledge, and musical traditions in informal lectures accompanied by musical examples. These musical presentations are held in the Hydrofoil Hall in the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
October 7-8 – World War II Encampment
The Halifax Citadel recalls its role during the Second World War on the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt Esturary, one of Canada’s bloodiest campaigns. Members of the Atlantic WWII Living History Association will again be at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site dressed in the uniforms of Canadian, British, American, German, and Russian troops, and will join members of the Citadel’s garrison who will also interpret the Canadian troops who defended Halifax during this dark time in world history. Exhibits will include maps, models, and uniform articles that visitors can try, and life size dioramas.
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
October 7-10 – Keji Thanksgiving Weekend Celebrations
Keji Thanksgiving Weekend Celebrations - On Thanksgiving weekend, for the 12th year in a row, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site will be lit by the glow of over 2,000 carved pumpkins and the moon, and will echo with the sounds of squeals during the haunted hikes and cold water dips!
Kejimkujik has become a Thanksgiving family tradition for so many that it is one of the park’s busiest weekends of the year. Most campsites are booked by July. Visitors cook their Thanksgiving feasts on camp fires and enjoy the rich fall colours of Kejimkujik as their backdrop. The additional lure for visitors is the incredible programming and the thrill of a challenge.
The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest is a huge hit, and people’s creativity shines. Pumpkin villages or scenes are crafted. It is said that if less than half a dozen pumpkins are carved; it is probably not enough to be in the running for the prize.
For those interested in less manual labour, on Saturday night, Parks Canada and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) invite visitors to drop by the Sky Circle for International Observe the Moon Night. Between 7p.m. and 10p.m., volunteers from RASC will help visitors observe the splendour of the moon and of Kejimkujik's pristine night sky through telescopes. And at 8p.m., there will be a 1.5 hour night hike to explore the forest by the light of the moon.
Haunted Hikes, with the help of a local theatre group, will be a fantastic scare. Perhaps even scarier is the Annual Cold Turkey Dip, on Sunday morning. This is based on a cold turkey swim done in 1908, captured in the book "The Tent Dwellers".
The weekend will culminate at the Outdoor Amphitheatre and the Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Awards Gala where winners of the pumpkin carving contest and the Friends of Keji Photo Contest are announced.
Port-Royal National Historic Site
October 10 – Annapolis Royal Harvest Festival
“Parks Canada Thanks Canada” on Thanksgiving weekend, in celebration of Parks Canada’s centennial. At Port-Royal National Historic Site, on Thanksgiving Monday, the thanks will be in the form of a small package of fresh herbs.
On Monday, October 10th, visitors are invited to Port-Royal NHS from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to celebrate the traditional time of the fall harvest. Parks Canada will thank visitors by presenting them with a free, small package of fresh herbs, collected from Port-Royal’s own garden (while supplies last). The bundle will consist of a selection of the following herbs, which would have been grown historically at the historic site: thyme, rosemary, sage, savoury or lemon balm.
Local herbalist Louise Wood will be on site, in the apothecary room, to share her knowledge about herbs, medicinal plants and their use in traditional remedies.
Parka, the beaver, Parks Canada’s mascot, will join in the festivities. Cake will also be served.
Forges-du-Saint-Maurice National Historic Site of Canada
October 14-15 and 20-21 – Murder! Justice by Lamplight at the Forges
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.
La Mauricie National Park of Canada
October 10 – Thanksgiving Colours Day
Woodside National Historic Site of Canada
October 7 to16 – Experience an 1890s Thanksgiving
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Celebrate Parks Canada’s Centennial with a visit to this scenic historic treasure!
October 14-29 – Ghost Tours
Enjoy a guided candlelit walking tour through one of the most haunted places in Manitoba! Not only will we acquaint you with a few of the most interesting characters to live and die here, but we will also tell real stories of people's real experiences with real spirits.
Banff National Park
All events are free
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.
Fort Langley National Historic Site
- October 8 – Cranberry Day
Pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast and browse over 100 vendors in the village of Fort Langley. Enjoy entertainment, kids’ activities and more. At Fort Langley National Historic Site, watch a barrel-making demonstration. Barrels were used to export cranberries by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1800s! Try cranberry bannock, enjoy pony and train rides, stomp cranberries, and more. Free admission!
- October 10 – Thanksgiving Dinner at the Full Barrel Cafe
Let us do the cooking! Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, root veggie maple syrup bake, peas and cream, green salad, beverage, pumpkin pie with whip cream and cookies.
- October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 – Grave 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.