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2017 Special Events


April

Sunday, April 9
First World War Commemorations, 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Open House
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
2017 will see several significant First World War centennial anniversaries, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought April 9-12, 1917. The capture of Vimy Ridge was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps participated in battle together. Its stunning success, despite a terrible cost, is often cited as a significant event in the development of a unique Canadian identity. Visit the Halifax Citadel for this special open house and lean how these events helped shape our nation. Talk to our historical interpreters, see our special Vimy display at the Army Museum, and learn about conditions at the front in our three-hundred foot reconstructed Frist World War trench exhibit.

May

 

June

June 2, July 7, August 4 and September 1
NEW - First Friday Community Celebrations in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site
As part of Annapolis Royal’s ‘First Fridays’, make your way to historic Fort Anne and enjoy musical entertainment on the grounds from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Be sure to drop into the Officers’ Quarters museum (opens June 22) to experience the new and immersive exhibits launched as part of the 100th Anniversary of Fort Anne and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

June 3-4
Doors Open
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Parks Canada is pleased the historic Old Town Clock will be once again be open for Halifax’s Annual Doors Open weekend in 2017! It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the historic core of Halifax however few have had the opportunity to visit. The bottom floor will be open for visitors to see where the clock caretakers lived inside. Visit www.doorsopenhalifax.com for more information.

Wednesday, 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, culinary and cultural demonstrations. Stay tuned for more information on our website.

Thursday, June 22
Official Opening of Fort Anne’s new exhibits
Fort Anne National Historic Site

Join Parks Canada at the official opening of the new interpretive exhibits in the Officers’ Quarters museum at 11:00 a.m. and help celebrate Fort Anne’s 100th Anniversary! Immersive and interactive, the new exhibits provide the perfect opportunity to revisit old favourites including the heritage tapestry and Nova Scotia charter but also experience some new perspectives. Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the stories and events of national significance that helped Fort Anne become Canada’s oldest administered national historic site. 
 

July

Friday, July 1
Canada Day

At Port-Royal National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Port-Royal, Parks Canada’s first reconstructed site! 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 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

At Fort Anne National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Parks Canada’s oldest administered national historic site! 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 to the fort; enjoy a piece of cake; set out your blanket for a picnic and enjoy the musical entertainment. A fun-filled day for whole family starting at 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

At Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Happy 150th!! Celebrate with us by participating in the first Keji Tintamarre (an Acadian tradition of marching and making noise with improvised instruments and other noisemakers), followed by a group campfire, lemonade and FREE cupcakes. Join us for the official launch of the Friends of Keji Photo Contest and the exciting 2017 guided interpretation programs - a perfect way to kick off the summer!

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the official Halifax celebration inside the walls of the historic Halifax Citadel – a Confederation-era site! It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon gun followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Enjoy bands, choirs, 78th Highlander military performances, presentations and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake cut by a 78th Highlander’s sword. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the atmosphere while you celebrate this significant milestone in our history as a nation!

July 7, August 4 and September 1
NEW - First Friday Community Celebrations in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site
As part of Annapolis Royal’s ‘First Fridays’, make your way to historic Fort Anne and enjoy musical entertainment on the grounds from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Be sure to drop into the Officers’ Quarters museum (opens June 22) to experience the new and immersive exhibits launched as part of the 100th Anniversary of Fort Anne and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Sunday, July 9
Mi’kmaw Culture Day
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Come and experience the history and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, a culture that has been here for thousands of years. Sing a Mi’kmaw song, accompany the song with a drum, participate in the ancient game of “waltes” and interact with Mi’kmaw craftspeople. Through demonstrations, singing and drumming you’ll gain a further appreciation for the unique culture of the first people of this land. 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

July 13, July 27 and August 10
Back for a 2nd year, enjoy Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark three special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Stay tuned for more information including the entertainers.

July 15-16
Parks Day Weekend
Fort Anne National Historic Site
In honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and Parks Day, enjoy special programming all weekend long! Join a special guided tour of the ground (English 10:00 a.m./French 2:00 p.m. daily) and a ‘White Glove’ behind the scene tour of the museum (Bilingual tour 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily). After your tour, relax while playing a game of Edwardian Croquet on the parade square!

July 15-16
Parks Canada Bioblitz – a Canada 150 Event!
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by teaming up with scientists and experts to find as much wildlife as possible in a short period of time and record your observations. Drop-in activities will be offered, however advance registration by July 14th will secure your spot. Best suited to individuals or families with children over 10. Saturday’s event takes place in Kejimkujik inland and Sunday’s event takes place at Kejimkujik Seaside. Register at the Visitor Centre or call 902-682-2772. Click here to learn more.

July 18-19
2017 RCMP Musical Ride Halifax
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
As part of 2017 celebrations, Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site are pleased to welcome the RCMP Musical Ride to the Garrison Grounds for two special performances. A spectacle known around the world, the RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performance, consisting of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music, demands the utmost control, timing and coordination. More details to follow. Visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/musical-ride for more information.

July 21-23
Learn to Camp Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Never camped before but curious to learn about this truly Canadian tradition? This program will entice you to learn rudimentary basics of camping, from what to bring to what to eat. Over the course of 2 ½ days participants will also have the opportunity to attend special programs and activities offered in Kejimkujik! Presented in partnership with MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and our friends, ‘A for Adventure’. Cost $44 per adult and $22 per child (tax included). Reserve early, space is limited.

Sunday, July 23
Massed Band Concert
Fort Anne National Historic Site
As part of Annapolis Royal’s Band Fest, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of fine music from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of Fort Anne! Bring the family and a picnic lunch and soak in the ambiance of music playing in this historic place. This is a fair weather event.

July 27 and August 10
Back for a 2nd year, enjoy Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark these special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Stay tuned for more information including the entertainers.

July 28-29
Victorian Cricket matches
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Fort Anne is thrilled to host the 5th annual Cricket Tournament from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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. Come and cheer on your favourite team!

July 28 to August 1
Tall Ships Halifax – A Canada 150 Signature event!
Parks Canada is thrilled once again to help welcome over 40 Tall Ships to Halifax and over 29 Nova
Scotia ports of call in 2017! A strategic rallying point in the Rendez-Vous 2017 transatlantic race, the Halifax Waterfront will be bustling with entertainment and activities for the whole family including historical displays telling aspects of the Story of Canada, music and dramatic presentations, and access to Georges Island National Historic Site for the much loved historic tunnel tours. You won’t want to miss this spectacle - mark your calendars now, more details to follow.

Sunday, July 30
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. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal. If you couldn’t make it last year, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Parks Canada’s first major reconstruction in 2017! Take in demonstrations in hewing timbers, making shingles, turning wood, making handles for tools and blacksmithing. This is the opportunity to truly appreciate the architecture of this very unique structure. 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

August

August 3 and August 17
Back for a 2nd year, enjoy Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark these special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Stay tuned for more information including the entertainers.

August 4 and September 1
NEW - First Friday Community Celebrations in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site
As part of Annapolis Royal’s ‘First Fridays’, make your way to historic Fort Anne and enjoy musical entertainment on the grounds from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Be sure to drop into the Officers’ Quarters museum (opens June 22) to experience the new and immersive exhibits launched as part of the 100th Anniversary of Fort Anne and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Friday, August 4 (evening) to Sunday, August 6 (noon)
Encampment Days on Natal Day weekend
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Stoll around the encampment of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (Royal Highland Emigrants) and enjoy the sights, the smells, and the sounds of black powder musketry, 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, August 5
Hands around the Fort!
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Mark Fort Anne’s 100th Anniversary and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation with a spectacular aerial photograph! Picture 500 participants creating a human link on the pathway surrounding the fort while high above a drone captures the moment on film. Family, friends and visiting guests….all are invited to make this happen! Drop by at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - rain or shine! Afterwards, enjoy a sunset ceremony performed by the 8thth Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (weather permitting).

Saturday, August 5
Keji’s 48th Birthday
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Drop in and help celebrate Kejimkujik’s 48th Birthday with FREE cupcakes and refreshments. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the second Keji Tintamarre noise parade of 2017, and join in the Bike Poker Run – more details to follow.

Thursday, August 10
Back for a 2nd year, enjoy Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
Port-Royal National Historic Site
If you enjoy traditional music, mark these special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Stay tuned for more information including the entertainers.

August 11-13
Dark Sky Weekend
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Search Kejimkujik’s spectacular night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more in Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve! There will be stories and discoveries for all ages. Plan to 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).

Friday, August 18
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 11:00 a.m. and then after the noon gun, follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to celebrate ‘Confederation-era pageantry’ in 2017!

Sunday, August 20
Sharing Cultural Alliances and Traditions - Metis-Siroquois day
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. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

August 26-27
Learn to Paddle
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 waterways 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 with Whynot Adventure – the Keji Outfitters. Presented in collaboration with Canoe/Kayak Nova Scotia. 

September

Friday, September 1
NEW - First Friday Community Celebrations in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site
As part of Annapolis Royal’s ‘First Fridays’, make your way to historic Fort Anne and enjoy musical entertainment on the grounds from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Be sure to drop into the Officers’ Quarters museum (opens June 22) to experience the new and immersive exhibits launched as part of the 100th Anniversary of Fort Anne and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Saturday, September 2
Big Keji Picnic
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Join us for a unique afternoon of picnicking at Merrymakedge Beach! Bring a blanket, pack a lunch and come enjoy a picnic while you relax along the edge of Kejimkujik Lake. Games and other surprises await you! Stay tuned for more information!

Saturday, September 16
International Town Criers’ Competition
Fort Anne National Historic Site
Visitors are invited to witness a unique and colourful event on the Fort Anne grounds starting at 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Take in the pageantry of the elegantly attired Town Criers and their concerts and listen to each competitor execute their finely crafted cry! Following the competition, visitors can mix and mingle with these international guests.

September 16-17
Revolutionary War Encampment, 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 Halifax Citadel’s south ditch depicting the time of the American Revolution, when thousands of Loyalists immigrated to Nova Scotia and made a significant contribution to a new country that would eventually become Canada. 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 to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

September 22-24
Fall for the Stars Dark Sky Weekend, September Edition
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
This fall, we invite you for a second weekend of Dark Sky activities! Search Keji's spectacular fall night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more. Come celebrate the Fall Equinox with us!
Presented in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

Saturday, September 30
Savour the Trail
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Discover a new way to savour the fall at Keji. Take to the trails and experience stunning colours and delicious flavours – served up by Mother Nature and NS Community College’s culinary arts students of Lunenburg Campus and participating local suppliers. Sample a variety of nature-inspired and locally sourced dishes and beverages while taking in the beautiful fall scenery of Kejimkujik. It will satisfy your soul, and your palate. Mark your calendar now - tickets will be available August 14th, $44 per person (tax included). Tickets are limited, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.

October

October 8-9
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! Participate in 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 21
First World War Commemorations, 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Join Parks Canada, the Army Museum Halifax Citadel, and the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association as they mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the First World War. The Battle of Passchendaele has come to symbolize the mud and folly of trench warfare. Visitors can see firsthand a First World War Belgian Army uniform inside the Army Museum, while the Halifax Citadel’s trench exhibit serves as the backdrop to understand the hardships and challenges Canadian troops faced as they gained another tactical victory. Join the commemoration and learn more how these events helped shape our nation of today.  

 

November

Saturday, November 11
Remembrance Day Commemorations
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel are honoured to join in Remembrance Day commemorations in Halifax on November 11th. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute followed by the noon gun. The Halifax Citadel and Army Museum will be open to visitors from 10 am until 3 pm. Take the opportunity to visit the First World War trench exhibit inside the Citadel’s defensive ditch and tour 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 25-26
28th Annual Victorian Christmas
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. Event runs 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. both days and admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation).  


December


Wednesday, December 6
Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorations
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
100 years ago, the Halifax Explosion devastated the north end of Halifax, killing 2000 people and wounding 9000 more, while 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 exactly 9:05:35 am. The Army Museum Halifax Citadel will also be open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more details, please check the website closer to the event.