National historic sites are places of profound importance to Canada. They reflect the rich heritage of our country and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. Canada’s first national historic site was designated in 1917. Today, there are more than 970 national historic sites; of these, 171 are administered by Parks Canada. Come discover these amazing places where history happened.

With free admission to Parks Canada places in 2017, it’s a great time to head to a national historic site with family and friends and connect with Canada's rich history! Hundreds of places await you, many right in your backyard – ready to make history come alive.