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Parks Canada - Mainland Nova Scotia

Special Events 2014

Visit this page regularly as additional events will be added.


Special Events by Month
June
July
August
September
October 

June

Saturday, June 7th - Halifax Citadel Commemoration Concert
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
 
Enjoy the sights and sounds of young musicians performing inside the historic walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Performers from the Dartmouth All-City Senior Concert Band will join forces with the Cadet Tri-Service band to perform traditional music from this era dating back to the War of 1812.

June 7- 8th - Second World War D-Day Display
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Join Parks Canada and the World War II Living History Association as they mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1945) with the opportunity to tour displays inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Displays featuring uniformed re-enactors, dioramas, models and authentic period vehicles help tell the story of this historic milestone.
 
Saturday, June 21st - National Aboriginal Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Mi'kmaw culture at Keji with drumming, dancing, and cultural demonstrations! Take part in the launching of our new Mi’kmaw-style BIG Canoe and check out our new wigwam.

July

Tuesday, July 1st - Canada Day - FREE ADMISSION
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The official HRM celebration continues to be a huge draw for Haligonians to celebrate the nation’s birthday. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Take in the Bands, choir, military drill and the official Canada Day cake served by a Highlander – be part of this annual historic celebration!

Tuesday, July 1st Canada Day – FREE ADMISSION
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Join in the official celebrations with the Town of Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne National Historic Site. Don’t miss the singing of “O Canada” at the flag raising ceremony, walk in the procession from the Town Hall to Fort Anne, enjoy a slice of delicious Canada Day cake, play a game of croquet, listen to the musical entertainment and take part in children’s activities. Noon-3pm.

Tuesday, July 1st - Canada Day
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site - FREE ADMISSION and free cupcakes!

Official launch of 2014 Xplorers program, the Friends of Keji Photo Contest, and the 2014 Interpretation Programs

Sunday, July 13th - Mi’kmaq Heritage Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site

An afternoon filled with Mi’kmaw traditions, history, drumming, song and lifestyle. Learn to sing a Mi’kmaw song, play a game of ‘waltes’ all within the walls of an authentic wigwam. 1pm-4pm.

Saturday, July 19th Parks Day – Kejimkujik Storytelling Festival
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate the art of storytelling at Kejimkujik with special guests: All Nations Drummers, Mike Parker, and others! Enter into the Keji Short Story Contest!

Saturday, July 19th - Parks Day
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
 
Join Parks Canada as Canadians celebrate Parks Day by visiting local parks and Historic Sites across the country. At the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, visitors can enjoy a showcase of pageantry and fun with the 78th Highlanders. Get up close to the noon gun, take your photo with a sentry and get a new appreciation for the bagpipes – who said history can’t be fun!

August

August 1-3rd - Natal Day Encampment
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Step back in time to the early 18th century and experience what life would have been like for the soldiers and their families during this tumultuous time in history. Listen to the stories and hear the crack of a rifle, the smell of the black powder....who said history can’t be fun!

Saturday, August 2nd - Kejimkujik Birthday Party
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Celebrate Keji’s 45th birthday with free cupcakes and refreshments. Play the Friends of Keji Birthday Game and enter into "Keji's Got Talent".

Sunday, August 10th - Reconstruction Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Join local Craftsmen as they share their knowledge of the building of the Habitation. Parks Canada’s first major reconstruction was a milestone in the preservation movement in Canada – don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this valuable and historic treasure. 1pm- 4pm.

August 15-17th - Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Presented with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, learn more about the stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies in the night sky and catch some of the Perseid Meteor shower!

Saturday, August 16th - Fab Forts
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
The Halifax Citadel, one of Great Britain’s most impressive forts, was built to protect a city, a culture and a way of life! Fab Forts Day is your opportunity to rediscover why the Citadel is so fabulous! Enjoy fun activities for the whole family.

Friday, August 22nd - Freedom of the City
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Join the 78th Highlanders as they exercise the Freedom of the City of Halifax by parading through the town with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed! It all starts with an inspection inside the walls of the historic Citadel followed by a march to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the excitement!

August 23-24th - Kejimkujik Canoe Festival
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of canoeing and kayaking demonstrations, clinics, and activities. Presented with Canoe/Kayak Nova Scotia.

Sunday, August 24th - Mi’kmaq Heritage Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site
An afternoon filled with Mi’kmaw traditions, history, drumming, song and lifestyle. Learn to sing a Mi’kmaw song, play a game of ‘waltes’ all within the walls of an authentic wigwam. 1pm-4pm.

September

Saturday, September 6th – International Observe the Moon Night
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate the moon by observing it and learning about it with Keji Interpreters.

Saturday, September 20-21st - American Revolutionary War Encampment
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Find out what life was like at the time of the American Revolution at our annual living history encampment, as up to one hundred historic re-enactors set up an authentic military camp in the Citadel’s ditch. Special displays will include camp cooking, costumes of the period, musket and cannon firings, and a mock battle on Saturday!

October

October 9-10th - Tepknuset /Hunter’s Moon Celebration
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Immerse yourself into the spiritual and physical excitement of the hunt when the full moon rises in early October. Presented in partnership with Acadia First Nation.

October 10-13th - Thanksgiving Weekend at Kejimkujik
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Enjoy the brilliant colours of fall and the annual pumpkin carving contest, haunted hikes, and take a dip at the annual Cold Turkey Swim.

October 18-19th - First World War Display
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
As part of the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, volunteer living history enthusiasts will present a special display illustrating the early months of Canada’s involvement inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The display will include a recreated recruiting office, uniforms and equipment. In addition, the Army Museum will commemorate the centennial starting in May 2014 with a special exhibit entitled, The Road to Vimy and Beyond. The exhibit tells the story of how Nova Scotia and Canada contributed to the Allied victory with a focus on the individual soldiers and units that took part in the Great War.