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Celebrate the Holidays with Parks Canada

Cave and Basin at night
© Parks Canada/Paul Zizka

Woodside National Historic Site

People in period costume at a table decorated for Christmas. Savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas
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Feel the magic of the holiday season at Woodside National Historic Site. Walk through the richly decorated rooms and savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus, hear a selection of Victorian carols, or behold the splendor of Woodside by the soft glow of lamplight during special holiday programming.

Visit Woodside National Historic Site


Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

A woman in period costume hangs decorations on a Christmas tree. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Christmas
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Experience the magic of the holidays during the 19th century at Cartier House’s "The Magic of Christmas Unfolds" and be enchanted by the period gifts and decorations. Learn about the origins of Santa Claus. Don't miss the preparations for the réveillons!

Visit Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site


Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

A family is greeted by a soldier at the Halifax Citadel. Experience Christmas with the 78th Highlanders
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Kick off the holiday season in late November and step back in time to experience Christmas with the 78th Highlanders. Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider, live holiday music, holiday crafts, Father Christmas and the Soldiers' Christmas Play. New this year: Get your Victorian-themed Christmas picture taken and share with friends and family!

Visit Halifax Citadel National Historic Site 


La Mauricie National Park

A family skiing towards an oTENTik tent. Spend the night in a cozy oTENTik after a day of skiing
© Parks Canada/André-Paul Therrien
Discover La Mauricie National Park decked out it in its most spectacular winter finery. Experience this wonderland and its exceptional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities, then spend the night in a cozy oTENTik complete with a wood-burning fireplace.

Visit La Mauricie National Park 


Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Image of Cave and Basin at night Winter nights are magical at Cave and Basin
© Parks Canada/Paul Zizka
Winter evenings are a beautiful time to visit the birthplace of Canada’s national parks system. Cave and Basin National Historic Site stays open late for "Magic Winter Saturday Nights" from February 15 until March 31.

Visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site 


Fort Malden National Historic Site

Children dressed as soldiers run in the snow. See how soldiers celebrated Christmas!
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Come and check out how soldiers two hundred years ago celebrated Christmas during "A Garrison Christmas". Sip cider, eat cookies, or even treat yourself to a soldier's Christmas meal. Children can make decorations to take home and participate in various games and activities.

Visit Fort Malden National Historic Site 


Fort George National Historic Site

A woman in costume and a little boy playing ping-pong. Play games at Fort George Garrison Christmas!
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Visit Fort George National Historic Site for a fun family holiday event. “Fort George Garrison Christmas” features activities, crafts, games, hot beverages and treats, as well as scheduled musket demonstrations.

Visit Fort George National Historic Site 


Fort Langley National Historic Site

A woman holding chestnuts stands in front of a fireplace. Join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cozy fireplace
© Parks Canada/Scott Munn
Get away from the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Enjoy a traditional holiday atmosphere, crafts, storytelling, chestnut roasting, and children’s activities.

Visit Fort Langley National Historic Site


Rideau Canal National Historic Site

People skating on the Rideau Canal Skate the world’s largest skating rink!
© Parks Canada/North Channel Productions Inc
Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the historic Rideau Canal is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre world-famous skateway that winds through the heart of Ottawa.

Visit Rideau Canal National Historic Site


Parks Canada Discovery Pass: a Great Gift Idea

A family snowshoeing in Jasper Explore Parks Canada places with a Discovery Pass
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Give the gift of unlimited opportunities to experience nearly 100 Parks Canada places for a full year. The Parks Canada Discovery Pass will allow your family or friends explore Canada's spectacular natural environment or discover the inspiring people, places and events of the country’s fascinating past.

Order your Parks Canada Discovery Pass


Parka Merchandise: Gifts for Kids

Image of a Parka stuffie. Parka merchandise is a great gift idea!
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Make your little ones smile during the holidays with official Parka merchandise. The Parks Canada mascot’s stickers, pack, pencils and stuffies are a great stocking stuffer!

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