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While its forts dramatically echo the gunfire of the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837-38, Ontario's historic houses mirror the lives of Canada's prime ministers and a legendary hero. The historic canals and waterways unlock the mysteries of early transportation and commerce. The beautiful national parks and national marine conservation areas introduce you to Ontario's most spectacular landscapes and unique ecosystems.

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THE PLEASURE OF TOGETHERNESS

Need a break from the stress of everyday life? Gather the family and head to a Parks Canada place near you. Our wonderful staff can guide you through our amazing natural spaces and tell you all about the story of Canada. Moments to cherish forever!

mother and children sledding on the canal Winterlude activities on the Rideau Canal
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A family vacation - and home for dinner

The Rideau Canal - Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage site - offers opportunities for you and your family to unwind, explore, and have a lifetime of experiences together. Come and skate, or play in the snow. Great family activities, close to the city.

Rideau Canal National Historic Site


Employee and visitors  opening the lock Cruising the Trent-Severn Waterway
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A new world so close to home

“Are we there yet?” is a phrase your kids won’t have time to say. Enjoy the Trent-Severn waterway with your family on a boat cruise, a canoe, or by enjoying a self-guided hike at one of the 44 lockstations. Come relax, discover, and forge lasting memories - all less than two hours away from Toronto.

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site


Sault Ste Marie Canal Relaxing by the canal
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Break away from the day-to-day

Watch boats lock through the recreational Sault Ste. Marie Canal and have a picnic beneath the shade of the century old trees. Let your imagination run wild as one of our expert interpreters guides you through the past on a tour. A day spent at the canal is sure to be a fun and relaxing experience!

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site


The sights and sounds of Mackenzie King’s youth
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The Sights and Sounds of a King's Path

Stroll through the acres of wooded grounds, gardens, and lawn that make up the childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Find a cosy area to picnic and take in the visual splendor and oasis of the Woodside grounds. Inside the King family home, explore the sights and sounds of Mackenzie King’s youth.

Woodside National Historic Site


Child playing with an instrument of the HMCS Haida All aboard!
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Experience the Turn of the Tide

Be swept back to a time that defined world history as you climb aboard Canada’s most ‘fightingest’ ship in the Royal Canadian Navy, the sole surviving Tribal class destroyer. Go below decks to see the engine room, discover naval life aboard, then take in the bird’s-eye view from the open bridge.

HMCS Haida National Historic Site


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