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Parks Canada - Mainland Nova Scotia

Special Events 2016

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Special Events by Month
June
July
August
September
October
November

June

June 11 & 12
Hometown Heroes 
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Discover the untold stories of some of the many World War Hometown Heroes – the local men and women (and at least one horse) who served during the First World War. Visitors can share their own personal stories while they tour the completed First World War Trench Exhibit.

Tuesday, June 21
National Aboriginal Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Mi’kmaw culture at Kejimkujik with Parks Canada interpreters and special guests. Enjoy special tours and cultural demonstrations. Stay tuned for more details.
 

July

Friday, July 1
Canada Day
FREE ADMISSION

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday at the official Halifax City celebration inside the walls of the historic Halifax Citadel. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Enjoy bands, choirs, military performances and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake served by a 78th Highlander.

Fort Anne National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with Parks Canada – one year closer to Canada’s 150th! Engage all your senses - sing “O Canada” as you proudly watch the flag raised at Town Hall, join Parks Canada’s mascot, Parka, in the procession, enjoy a piece of cake, set out your blanket for a picnic and enjoy the musical entertainment or play a round of croquet – fun for the whole family! Don’t forget to take your photo at the special Canada Day Fort Anne photo booth. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Port-Royal National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday at Parks Canada’s first reconstructed site - official grand opening was held 75 years ago! Listen to musical entertainment and enjoy a slice of Canada Day cake at the oldest permanent European settlement north of Saint Augustine, Florida. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with FREE CUPCAKES – a perfect way to kick off the summer! Official launch of the Friends of Keji Photo Contest and the exciting 2016 Interpretation Programs. 

Sunday, July 3
75th Anniversary of the Official Grand Opening of Port-Royal NHS
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Join in a special ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal, the first major reconstruction undertaken by the federal government of Canada! Learn more about this milestone in the preservation movement in Canada through presentations, musical entertainment, special guests and tours. Stay tuned for more details. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

July 13 & 14
First World War comes to life!

Fort Anne National Historic Site
Join us at a fully-animated exhibit that explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front, explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate, keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon, sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden, inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work. 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, July 16
Parks Day
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Celebrate Parks Day with an insider’s special tour of the Officers’ Quarters and the Fort Anne grounds. The English museum tour will be offered at 10:30 am followed by the French tour at 11:30 am. English tours of the grounds of the fort will be offered at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm with the French tours scheduled for 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours are complimentary with regular admission. Don’t miss this special opportunity not normally offered!

Saturday, July 16
Arts Day on Parks Day!
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Come get creative in one of Canada's most inspiring settings with local artists, musicians and storytellers, and discover the inner artist in you. Mark your calendar now for Keji’s very first Arts Day in the Park and let nature inspire you! 

July 16 & 17
Over the Top! Canada and Newfoundland at the Battle of the Somme, 1916
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest and most destructive battles in history. Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel will mark the anniversary with special hands-on programming in the 200 foot First World War trench exhibit, while re-enactors portraying Canada’s 25th Battalion and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment will stage demonstrations of battle tactics. 

Sunday, July 17
Mi’kmaq Culture Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site
The French were the first to experience the amazing hospitality of the Mi’kmaw culture and now you can too. Come and experience the history and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, a culture that has been here for thousands of years. Meet with members of the Bear River First Nation and Acadia First Nation. Sing a Mi’kmaw song, accompany the song with a drum, participate in the ancient game of “waltes” and interact with Mi’kmaq craftspeople as they produce intricate pieces in quill, bead and leather. Through demonstrations, singing, drumming and knowledge sharing you’ll gain a further appreciation for the unique culture of the first people of this land. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 23 & 24
Learn-to Camp 
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Never camped before but curious to learn about this truly Canadian tradition? This two day program will entice everyone to learn the basics of camping, from what to bring to what to eat and how to cook it. Participants will have opportunities to attend special programs and activities offered in Kejimkujik. Jointly presented with MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op). More details including pricing to follow. We provide the food, the know-how and even the tents and sleeping pads! Cost: $44 per adult and $22 per child.

Thursday, July 14 & Thursday, July 28
NEW - Traditional Music on Thursdays
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark four special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal National Historic Site. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you! 
Thursday July 14: From 1 pm to 3 pm, Charlie Langmead will strum his guitar strings and transport you back the 17th Century. 
Thursday July 28: From 1 pm to 3 pm, Harvey Marcotte will play fiddle and mandolin in beautiful Port-Royal. Remember to bring a chair or a blanket!

July 29 (evening) to July 31 (noon)
Encampment Days
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Come meet the soldiers and families of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (Royal Highland Emigrants), and explore their camp on the parade square. Enjoy the sights, the smells, and the sounds of black powder musketry through demonstrations Saturday morning. Enjoy the aroma of outdoor cooking and life in an 18th century military camp. The 84th Regiment creates a vivid picture of the conditions of centuries-old military life. Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) a tactical battle features 18th century military techniques. Saturday night at 8:00 pm they will perform a traditional sunset ceremony, and Sunday morning join in the church service starting at 9:30 am. 

Saturday, July 30
Kejimkujik’s 47th Birthday Party

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Keji’s 47th birthday with cupcakes and refreshments. Fun activities for campers and visitors of all ages. Play the Friends of Keji Birthday Game and sign up for a chance to get famous at “Keji’s Got Talent” popular talent show.  

August

Thursday, August 4 & Thursday, August 18
NEW - Traditional Music on Thursdays
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark four special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal National Historic Site. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you! 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. BerryRemember to bring a chair or a blanket!
Thursday August 4: Dan Froese
Thursday August 18: Wayne Currie and Tom

Aug 5 to 7
Dark Sky Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Search Keji’s spectacular night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more in Nova Scotia’s Dark Sky Preserve! There will be stories and discoveries for all ages. Camp or stay overnight close by – you don’t want to miss the show! Presented in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

Sunday, August 7
Construction Traditions
Port-Royal National Historic Site

Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with craftspeople who will share their skill and knowledge of some of the traditional techniques that were used to reconstruct the Port-Royal Habitation. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal – the perfect opportunity to learn more about Parks Canada’s first major reconstruction! Take in demonstrations of making shingles, turning wood, making handles for tools and blacksmithing. This is the year to visit the Habitation and truly appreciate the architecture of this very unique structure. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Friday, August 19
Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Freedom of the City is an honour granted to military or paramilitary groups in recognition of their service to a municipality. Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders has exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of Halifax with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and Colours flying. Take in the special squad inspection inside the Halifax Citadel starting at 11 am and then follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the pageantry!

August 20 & 21
Heritage Victorian Cricket matches
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Fort Anne is thrilled to host the 4th annual Heritage Cricket Tournament. Two of nearly 20 cricket matches will be held at the fort. The crack of willow on leather will once again be heard in the Ancient Home of Cricket in Nova Scotia. The matches, complete with a traditional players' tea break between innings, will be contested wearing uniforms of the 1890's. 

August 20 & 21
Paint the Town in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site

Fort Anne National Historic Site welcomes artists taking part in Annapolis Royal’s Paint the Town event to produce artwork “en plein air” around the fort grounds. Come see artists at work and view the Fort Anne grounds through their eyes. Paintings will be sold later in the day by silent auction.

Aug 20 & 21
Canoe Fest
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

For thousands of years the canoe has been the best way to travel through Kejimkujik’s inter-connected rivers, lakes and streams providing the finest canoeing experience in Atlantic Canada! Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with canoeing and kayaking demonstrations, clinics and activities – perfect for the beginner and seasoned paddler alike. Bring your own or rentals available onsite. Presented with Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia.

Sunday, August 21
Sharing Cultural Alliances and Traditions
Port-Royal National Historic Site
The Mi’kmaq welcomed the French to Port-Royal over 400 years ago - the two cultures met and shared experiences and knowledge, forging a strong friendship and alliance. This alliance would eventually lead to intermarriage between the Mi’kmaq and the French. Descendants of this alliance, the members of the Association des Acadiens-Métis-Souriquois, will share their rich heritage and culture with visitors. 1 pm - 4 pm.

September

Saturday, September 10 **POSTPONED TO SPRING 2017**
Fun Family Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. We invite you to attend our season opening party; a special family day sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and co-hosted with Parks Canada. Bring family and friends, some lawn chairs and a picnic. Enjoy the musical entertainment, fly your kite, give Parka a hug, take part in children’s activities, learn the history of the site and make certain that you visit the Habitation. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

September 17 & 18
The Second Citadel in the age of Revolution Encampment
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Members of various Maritime living history groups will again set up a military camp in the Citadel’s south ditch depicting British and Loyalist troops from the period of the American Revolution. Details of camp life, camp cooking, washing, everyday tasks, blacksmithing and children’s games will be featured and on Saturday afternoon a mock battle will take place on the slope of Citadel Hill. The Encampment opens Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

October

Saturday, October 1
Savour the Trail - SOLD OUT!
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

A Feast for the Senses! Take advantage of the fall to enjoy our trails while discovering unique flavours cooked and served up in the great outdoors. Taste a variety of nature-inspired and locally sourced recipes prepared by Nova Scotia Community College Arts Students and other partners. Sample regional beers and wines and other beverages provided by local artisans. This culinary experience features the beautiful Fall scenery of Mersey River, along a 3 km walking trail. More details

October 8 to 10
Thanksgiving Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Soak up the brilliant colours of fall and enjoy what has become one of Kejimkujik’s most popular weekends of the year! Enjoy the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, the Haunted Jaunt, and take the plunge at the annual Cold Turkey swim. It’s the perfect weekend to spend with friends and family and enjoy the cool and crisp air.

Saturday, October 15
A Nation at War
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Parks Canada welcomes visitors to discover the role the Halifax Citadel played during the World Wars, with a special focus on the participation of women in the Canadian forces. Special exhibits will include reconstructions of the role of nurses at the front in the First World War, and of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC), which had a depot at the Citadel during WWII. 

 

November

Friday, November 11
Remembrance Day
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel are pleased to take part in Remembrance Day celebrations in Halifax on November 11th. Starting at 11 am, the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute followed by the noon gun. The Army Museum will be open to visitors from 10 am until 2 pm, admission is free. Take the opportunity to see the Army Museum's First World War exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, which honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia.

November 26 & 27
27th Annual Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
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).