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Plan for the winter holidays

A family poses for the camera on the patio of an oTENTik oTENTik, La Mauricie National Park.
© Parks Canada / André Paul Therrien

Atlantic Canada

The entire park is accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Discover places you have never seen before Family enjoying snowshoeing near Patterson Shelter.
© Parks Canada

Nova Scotia

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
DateEvent
November 26–27, 2016 27th Annual Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel
Make your way to the Halifax Citadel as the historic fort takes on a festive air with Victorian carols, crafts, games and, of course, Father Christmas. Enjoy some hot cider and don’t miss the Parks Canada Victorian photo booth—it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. Admission is free with a donation to Feed Nova Scotia (non-perishable food item or cash donation).
December 6, 2016 Halifax Explosion Remembrance
It has been 99 years since the Halifax Explosion devastated Halifax’s north end, killing 2,000 people and wounding 9,000 more, and destroying the city’s industrial centre. Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel will mark the exact moment of the explosion by firing a cannon from the ramparts at precisely 9:05:35 a.m.

New Brunswick

Kouchibouguac National Park

DateEvent
All winter New winter activities
Enjoy many of Kouchibouguac winter activities like cross-country skiing and geocaching or try something different with our new snowshoeing and fat biking trails.
November 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 Rustic shelter winter accommodations
For those looking for a unique winter experience in the area, three rustic shelters are available for overnight ski or snowshoe adventures in a safe and cozy environment.
March 4–12, 2017 Fat Bike Festival
The festival welcomes fat bike enthusiasts of all skill levels from beginners to experts. Featuring fat bike trials, rentals, outings and workshops.

Fundy National Park

DateEvent
All winter Snowshoeing and winter walking
Visitors are welcome to snowshoe or walk in the park, although trails are not maintained during the winter months. Make sure to dress properly and be prepared for the elements. We do not provide a snowshoe rental service, so please bring your own.
All winter Sliding and tobogganing
The Headquarters tobogganing hill is a great place for the entire family to spend an afternoon. It’s the perfect spot to feel the wind on your cheeks and let yourself go.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne National Park

DateEvent
January to April 2017 Backcountry ski and snowshoe touring
Gros Morne National Park has all the ingredients for great backcountry skiing and snowshoeing experiences: coastal mountains with heavy snowfalls, lowland forests, treeless alpine highlands, and stunning vistas. Trips can range from short roadside excursions to multi-day adventures involving camping or overnight stays in one of two backcountry ski huts in the park.
January to April 2017 Cross-country skiing
Abundant snowfall, moderate winter temperatures, and beautiful scenery make Gros Morne National Park perfect for cross-country skiers. Together with the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, the park maintains 51.9 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Most trails are tracked for classic skiing, with some tracked for freestyle as well.

Quebec

Visitors riding in a horse drawn sleigh during the Winter Festival at the Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site Horse drawn sleigh ride at the Forges du Saint Maurice National Historic Site.
© Parks Canada / Jacques Pleau
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

DateEvent
November 19 to December 30, 2016 A Victorian Christmas - Christmas Magic Under the Mistletoe
Come discover the origins of holiday traditions at Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site. Meet characters in fancy dress, craft cards with family members, savour traditional hot beverages and enjoy a kiss under the mistletoe.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 26-30 – Monday to Friday, 12–7 p.m.

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

DateEvent
From mid-January to March 2017
subject to weather conditions
Ice skating on the Canal
Spend some enjoyable moments ice skating on the Chambly Canal. Come alone or invite your friends or family! Three areas are maintained:
Subject to weather conditions Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to use the strip along the canal. During winter, it’s perfect for off-trail cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Although the canal’s path is only maintained from mid-April to mid-November, it remains accessible at all times.
La Mauricie National Park

DateEvent
All winter Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing experiences
La Mauricie offers a true winter wonderland with snowshoeing or cross-country skiing trails to suit everyone, from beginner to expert.

Ontario

A War of 1812 soldier helps a family make a Christmas craft at Fort George National Historic Site Christmas holidays at Fort George.
© Parks Canada / Brett Levitt
Woodside National Historic Site

DateEvent
December 1–18, 2016 Victorian Christmas
Savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas and learn how the King family celebrated this festive time of year. Feel the magic of the season as you walk through the richly decorated rooms and enjoy the Victorian charm of Woodside!
December 1, 2016
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Lamplight Evening
Share in the traditions of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. On the grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. Gather in the parlour for live music as we perform traditional carols. Admission: $7.80 per person. Advance ticket purchase recommended as space is limited. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information.
December 10, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Christmas Mementos
Discover the enchantment of a Christmas morning reminiscent of a Victorian past. Decorate your very own cookie ornament to hang on your tree. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. Admission: $7.80 per participant. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Please register by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment.
December 17, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Christmas Cheer
Delight in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas as you are guided on a tour of the King family home decorated for the season. Enjoy live music in the parlour accompanied by piano. Sample seasonal baking complimented by a variety of teas. Admission: $14.70 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information.

Fort George National Historic Site

DateEvent
December 10–11, 2016
12–4 p.m.
Fort George Garrison Christmas
Gather your family and friends and come to Fort George for an afternoon full of exciting activities, crafts and games celebrating Christmas! This is an annual family holiday event not to be missed.
January 1, 2017
3–4:30 p.m.
New Year’s Day Levee
Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations include toasts, music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, and a cannon-firing to welcome the new year. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 for more information.

Fort Malden National Historic Site

DateEvent
March 13–17, 2017 March break daily workshops for children
A different workshop is offered each day of the week. You can either register for a 90-minute program, or fully immerse your child in a full-day adventure at Fort Malden.

Thousand Islands National Park

DateEvent
December 14, 2016– January 5, 2017 Thousand Islands Christmas Bird Count
Christmas bird counts are conducted on any one day between December 14th and January 5th.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

DateEvent
All winter Winter camping
The change in season provides for new discovery in the park. A winter oasis awaits.

Laurier House National Historic Site

DateEvent
November 19–20, 2016 Sir Wilfrid Laurier 175th Birthday Celebration Weekend
Come celebrate Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s 175th birthday in the home he occupied as Canada’s Prime Minister. Activities for kids, birthday cake, guided tours, special exhibit and interactive theatre.

Point Pelee National Park

DateEvent
November 26 and December 17, 2016 Dark Sky Night - experience the wonders of the night sky
With the first official day of winter on our doorstep, sunset comes early and the nights are long. The dark night sky is now a sight to behold with Orion, Taurus, and all the other constellations of the cold weather season making their debut. Members from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Windsor Centre will be on hand in the Visitor Centre parking area until midnight for a guided tour of some of the many, lovely star clusters visible at this time of year along with the moon, only three days past full, rising dramatically in the east.
December 19, 2016 Christmas Bird Count
Pre-registration is required for this event.
February 3–4, 2017 Owl Prowl
Wondering what the owls of Point Pelee National Park are up to? Discover who, who, who’s out there on an evening adventure with a park interpreter. Learn about the world of the mysterious owl and listen to its alluring call as you enjoy the fresh winter air, the peacefulness and the dark skies. An invigorating nighttime adventure for the entire family!
February 20, 2017 Family Day
March 13–17, 2017 March break scavenger hunt
Looking for something to do this March break? Bring the whole family and get active in Point Pelee National Park! Embark on an adventure to complete this outdoor scavenger hunt for your chance to win a prize! Explore a trail and witness the beauty of late winter in the park.

The Canadian Prairies

Family fun in the snow! A family happily builds a snowman.
© Parks Canada

Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park

DateEvent
All winter Top 10 winter activities in Riding Mountain National Park
Everything from cross-country skiing, skating under the stars, ice fishing on the lake, to cozy nights in a Parks Canada oTENTik!
February 11-12, 2017 Winter Adventure Weekend
What’s more Canadian than kicking-off the Canada 150 celebrations in Riding Mountain National Park during the winter? Play boot hockey, build quinzhees, eat chili, ski trails, make s’mores, cross country ski, enjoy a southern barbeque, or participate in our own version of the Winter Olympics. Activities are always changing, so make sure you visit Riding Mountain National Park or Friends of Riding Mountain for more information.

Saskatchewan

Prince Albert National Park

DateEvent
All winter Cross-country skiing
Have a true Canadian winter experience! Ski one of the many family-friendly trails then head to an enclosed shelter to warm up by fire. Trails are groomed by the Waskesiu Ski Club.
February 17-26, 2017 Waskesiu Snow Days
Spend your winter break in Waskesiu Lake and take in some of the many activities that run all week long. Evening wolf howls, animal tracking, winter survival, geocaching and campfire programs designed for the whole family to learn and have fun together. Area businesses host Valentine’s Day dinners and treats. Tobogganing at nearby resorts.

Western Canada

Taste chestnuts by the open fireplace in our holiday workshop during Fort Langley’s Heritage Holiday Costumed interpreter holding a pan of roasted chestnuts by the fireplace.
© Parks Canada / Scott Munn

Alberta

Banff Upper Hot Springs

DateEvent
Check website for hours of operation Aaah...
Relax and soak in the incredible view of the alpine scenery from the Banff Upper Hot Springs’ steamy waters. Originally discovered in 1884 on the slopes of Sulfur Mountain, Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest in Canada and one of Banff National Park’s most famous attractions. The historic bathhouse boasts numerous amenities including a café, a gift shop, a towel and swimsuit rental service, and a modern pool.

Banff National Park

DateEvent
Mid-November 2016 through April 2017 One of the longest ski seasons
Breathe cool, spruce air while the winter light casts long, blue shadows. Banff’s ski season is one of the longest in North America, running mid-November through April.
Late December 2016 through early April 2017 Snowshoeing
Prime snowshoeing is available late December through early April, but be aware that avalanche hazard begins in November and persists through May. Designated winter trails follow portions of summer hiking trails but not all sign-posted destinations are safe for winter travel. Use the winter trail guides to choose a safe and fun destination.

Waterton Lakes National Park
DateEvent
All winter Waterton Lakes National Park is featuring Top 10 Things To Do in Waterton in the Winter... You’ll need to visit this park this winter.
Jasper National Park
DateEvent
All winter What’s New for Winter 2016-2017 and Top 10 Winter Activities!
From snowshoeing to fat biking to wildlife viewing to skiing, there is no shortage of things to do in Jasper National Park.

British Columbia

Fort Langley National Historic Site

DateEvent
November 19, 2016
10 a.m.
Douglas Day
Join a procession to mark the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. This annual anniversary celebration honours Douglas, BC’s first Governor.
December 17, 2016–January 2, 2017
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Come spend the day at Fort Langley and take part in the kick-off of Canada 150 celebrations. Create magical memories, complete with music and treats, in an old-fashioned fort setting. Admission: $11.70 for adults (17 and over) and $6.30 for children 3–16. Kids age two and under and valid annual pass holders can enter for free. (Closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan. 1)
January 3, to March 26, 2017
12 p.m.
Canada 150: Fort Langley puts BC on the map
Discover the stories behind British Columbia’s birth, which took place at Fort Langley’s Big House in 1858. Explore the homes of the fort workers’ families to get a taste of the multicultural community that thrived leading up to the proclamation. After the 30-minute tour, try on a costume in the Big House and take your photo in this historic place.
January 21–22, 2017
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Some festival activities will run from January 16–20 and 23–27 for school groups. Public also welcome.)
Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival
Tap your feet and clap to the beat of French Canada at this annual winter festival. Enliven a grey January weekend with the unique folklore and culture of the voyageurs and fur traders who lived in 19th-century Fort Langley. Learn a Métis dance, attend a French 101 lesson, join a fur trade wedding, and fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine while listening to live Voyageur-style music. Complimentary admission for Canada 150.
January 21, 2017
1 p.m.
Canada 150 ice sculpting
Kick off Canada 150 with an interesting ice sculpting demonstration. Parka will be there too!
February 13, 2017 Family Day
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday for free and experience a day in the life of a fur trader’s family. Participate in 1800s chores, watch an historic weapons demonstration, take part in a nature walk, and find out what life was like for a family living at Fort Langley. Take a picture in the photo booth, feed the animals, watch ongoing blacksmith and barrel-making demonstrations, fire a reproduction musket between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and join in on the fun of a new family scavenger hunt.
March 11-26, 2017 Spring Break
Join us for great old-fashioned activities during spring break. Daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoot a target with our reproduction muskets. Visit the farm animals and earn a reward for completing the fun activities in our Xplorers booklet.

Radium Hot Springs

DateEvent
Check website for hours of operation Take a winter road trip
Located in British Columbia, Kootenay National Park features Radium Hot Springs, the largest facility of its kind in Canada. Take a winter road trip and marvel at stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks, glacier-fed rivers and burnt forests along the 94 kilometres of Kootenay’s historic Banff-Windermere Highway (today BC Hwy #93). After an afternoon spent exploring the park, finish your trip with a relaxing soak in Radium Hot Springs’ soothing mineral waters. The weather outside may be chilly, but it’s always 39 °C here!

Northern Canada

Pack you lunch and sunscreen for a fantastic backcountry skiing adventure in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Couple backcountry skiing Chilkoot Trail.
© Parks Canada / C. Aikens

Yukon

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

DateEvent
All winter A variety of winter activities
The Chilkoot Trail and adjacent White Pass are a popular destination for Whitehorse and Skagway residents and visitors. Enjoy cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and winter camping at a national historic site in the heart of the northern wilderness.

Kluane National Park and Reserve

DateEvent
All winter A winter wonderland!
Winter time fun in Kluane begins as soon as the snow arrives and the lakes freeze over, but the longer days of February and March are generally the best months for winter recreation. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, backcountry camping and snowmobiling are all fun-filled opportunities in Kluane National Park and Reserve.