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Winter biking at its best at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. There is more to explore this winter in Jasper National Park, including new flat packed fat biking trails.
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Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel: A Family Tradition for 26 years
November 21 and 22, 2015

Kick off the season by sharing some holiday cheer with the 78th Highlanders! 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 our Victorian photo booth - it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. There’s fun for all ages! Admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation). For more information call 902-426-5080 or visit

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Louisbourg Celebrates: The Holidays
December 6, 2015

A holiday treat in the beautiful Fortress of Louisbourg chapel, this concert is a must for getting into the holiday spirit.

New Brunswick

Kouchibouguac National Park

Tobogganing at Patterson
All winter

Spend a day with the family on the hill! Located about 2 km from the Pijeboogwek parking lot, you'll find the Tobogganing / sliding hill just behind the Patterson shelter. It is equipped with dry toilets, picnic tables and wood stoves. This is a perfect family adventure!

Kouchibouguac’s Annual Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2015

Take part in Kouchibouguac’s 46th Annual Christmas Bird Count. It’s a great way to combine your love of bird watching and winter fun. Meet at the park administration between 8 and 9 am. Bring your binoculars and your bird books!

An Observation Rally That Kicks!
January - March 20, 2016

Starting this January, pick up your observation rally booklet at Pijeboogwek and challenge yourself! Go at your own pace, either skiing, snowshoeing or walking. It may take you a few tries to find all the answers, but there is plenty of time. Complete the rally by March 20th and you will have a chance to win nice prises!

Under the Crescent Moon: Snowshoe Outing
January 23 - February 20, 2016
7 - 9 p.m.

Camilla, a Park volunteer, will lead you on a magical night trek from the foot bridge to Middle Kouchibouguac shelter, 3km in total. Meet at Pijeboogwek parking lot at 6:45 to then drive to the foot bridge on Route 117. Give yourself enough time to purchase your entry permits and rent your snowshoes, if needed. Bring your headlamp and a good snack!

Cupid’s Trail of Hearts leads to Patterson!
February 14, 2016
1 – 4 p.m.

Your adventure begins as soon as you arrive at Pijeboogwek. There, you will discover winter camping, along with Cupid’s Mission (starting at 11:30 am). Then, take the cross country or snowshoes trail that leads to Patterson where Valentine’s Day activities and surprises will be sure entertain young and old (from 1 to 4 p.m.).

Fundy National Park

Cross Country Skiing
All winter

Trails will be groomed and maintained by the Chignecto Ski Club. The club is funded solely by its members, grants and fundraising activities. For more information, visit them on the web.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne National Park

Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Touring
January – April 2016

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 2 backcountry ski huts in the park.

Cross-country Skiing
February - March 2016

Abundant snowfall and beautiful scenery make Gros Morne National Park perfect for cross-country skiers. Together with the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, the park maintains 52 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Most trails are tracked for classic skiing, with some tracked for freestyle as well.

January – May 2016

Snowmobilers have been enjoying Gros Morne National Park for more than thirty years now. The quiet, pristine environment, clean air, open spaces, scenic beauty, and wildlife viewing opportunities are only part of what helps make Gros Morne National Park so special.


Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

A Victorian Christmas: The Magic of Christmas Unfolds
November 21 - December 20, 2015
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Christmas preparations in a 19th-century bourgeois home and discover the fascinating origins of a multitude of Christmas traditions that still exist today. A magical and memorable experience awaits!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Ice Skating on the Canal
Mid-January - March 2016
Subject to weather conditions

Alone, with your friends or family, come get moving by ice skating on the Chambly Canal!
Three areas are maintained:

La Mauricie National Park

And now for a real challenge!
All winter

Children and parents with energy to burn will like the Lac-Solitaire trail, which offers 5.5 km. of snowshoeing or Nordic walking adventure. The trail begins with a few kilometres of ascent, and some of the steeper descents require using ropes. It all adds up to some serious fun for the more active snowshoers. Be sure to bring along your crampons! The spectacular panoramas afforded by this trail are well worth the effort!

Family cross-country skiing
All winter

“Little-legs-that-could” and their active parents will find trail #11 to be the perfect circuit for a short cross-country skiing outing as a family. This easy trail, designed for both classic and skate skiing, also includes a heated shelter for a break before dashing to the finish line. Who will get there first, the parents or their kids?

Sleep in an oTENTik this winter
All winter

A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, Parks Canada oTENTik tents offers a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. It’s an ideal way for families, friends and couples to discover the joys of winter camping without all the muss and fuss.


Fort George National Historic Site

Fort George Garrison Christmas
December 12 and 13, 2015
Noon – 4 p.m.

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.

New Year’s Day Levee
January 1, 2016
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations start at 3 p.m., and 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

A Garrison Christmas
December 19, 2015

Come and discover how soldiers two hundred years ago celebrated Christmas. View decorations made by students from schools in Essex County, and help us judge our colouring contest. 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. Regular admission fees apply.

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2015 - January 5, 2016

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Winter Camping
All winter

The change in season provides for new discovery in the park. A winter oasis awaits.

Point Pelee National Park

Owl Prowl
January 29, 7 p.m.
January 30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Park open until midnight on January 30, 2016

Wondering what the owls of Point Pelee National Park are up to? Discover who - who - who’s out there on a guided evening adventure. Enjoy the fresh winter air, the peacefulness and dark skies of Point Pelee National Park as you listen for their alluring calls and learn about the world of the mysterious owl. Bring the whole family to this invigorating nighttime adventure!

The Canadian Prairies


Riding Mountain National Park

Traction Kiting
All winter

Combine the natural tranquility of the park with the thrill and exhilaration of being transported by the wind while traction kiting on Clear Lake! Traction kiting requires wind, open space and rock-free, snow covered terrain, making Clear Lake an ideal location to participate.


Prince Albert National Park

Cross Country Skiing
All winter

Have a true Canadian winter experience! Ski one of our many family-friendly trails then head to an enclosed shelter to warm up by fire. Ski trails are groomed by the Waskesiu Lake Cross-Country Ski Club.

Waskesiu Snow Days
February 12 - 21, 2016

Spend your winter break in Waskesiu 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. Waskesiu and area businesses host Valentine’s Day dinners and treats. Tobogganing at nearby resorts.

Western Canada


Banff Hot Springs
Located in the town of Banff, in Alberta’s Banff National Park, the Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a splendid historic spa and bath house - against a backdrop of Banff National Park’s spectacular alpine scenery. You can relax in the comfort of soothing, natural hot springs where travellers have come to "take the waters" for more than a century. Hours of operation here.
Banff National Park

Cross Country Skiing
Mid-November 2015 through April 2016

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 2015 through early April 2016

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.

Waterton Lakes

Guided snowshoe tours
Every Saturday, January 16 - March 26, 2016

Discover the wonders of Crandell Lake or Cameron Lake in winter on a three-hour guided snowshoe trip (this includes the use of snowshoes).

Jasper National Park

Dates to be determined
Weather dependent

Jasper National Park is the place to go snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies. We are expanding our trails to give you more opportunity to explore and venture further in our picturesque winter playground. Catering to all levels and abilities, these well groomed trails are a great activity for the whole family. Make sure to pick up our new winter brochure at the Visitor Information Centre or online so you can make the most out of your trip to Jasper National Park.

Marmot Meadows
Dates to be determined
Weather dependent

New this year, Marmot Meadows Winter Hub at Whistlers campground is a great place to bring your family and friends for a day of winter fun and adventure. Slap on your skates and glide along our man-made ice rink. Bring your hockey stick and have a game of shinny. Feel like skiing? In addition to the existing 5km of skate and classic tracks, a new intermediate cross country ski trail has been developed to take you off the road and into the forest. On the weekends enjoy listening to stories from our Parks Canada Interpreters while you warm up by a campfire with a cup of hot chocolate. We will also have Aboriginal programming where you can learn to cook bannock and the best part, sampling it! A tipi will also be set up at Marmot Meadows for you to explore and enjoy aboriginal tales and programs delivered by our Aboriginal Interpreter. The facility also includes a winterised cook shelter and a new privy.

British Columbia

Fort Langley National Historic Site

Douglas Day
November 19, 2015

Douglas Day marks the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. Every year we celebrate B.C’s birthday and honour Douglas our first Governor.

Gold Rush Murder Mystery
November 21, 2015
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of intrigue with Fort Langley's Gold Rush Murder Mystery! The event includes a hearty meal that would delight the stomach of the hungriest gold miner, the opportunity to get dressed into select period costume pieces, as well the chance to win prizes for the most convincing performance and best costume! Reservations required. Tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016 (closed December 25-26 and January 1)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Enjoy a traditional holiday atmosphere, crafts, and children’s activities. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.

Radium Hot Springs
Radium Hot Springs pool, located in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park, features Canada’s biggest hot springs pool and offers something for all the family to enjoy, including a cooler swimming pool (27°C, 84°F). Hours of operation here.

Northern Canada


Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

The Chilkoot Trail
All winter

The Chilkoot Trail and adjacent White Pass are a popular destination for Whitehorse and Skagway area residents to engage in a variety of winter activities. 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

A Winter Wonderland!
All winter

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.

78th Highlanders
Welcome to Christmas 1869 with the 78th Highlanders!
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Skiing at Kluane National Park
Taking a ski break in Kluane National Park
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Snowshoeing at Kouchibouguac National Park
Warming up after snowshoeing in Kouchibouguac National Park
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