National historic sites

Protecting, understanding and appreciating Canadian history.



About national historic sites

There are 1004 national historic sites in Canada, located in every Canadian province and territory. 171 of these are administered by Parks Canada.

National historic sites can be found in almost any setting, from rural and urban to wilderness; they may be sacred spaces, archaeological sites, battlefields, heritage houses, historic districts, places of scientific discovery, and much more.

These sites allow us to learn more about Canadian history, including the diverse cultural communities who make up Canada, and the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

National Historic Sites System Plan

Sharing the stories of Canada’s history through diverse, wide-ranging and sometimes complex perspectives.

National historic designations

Proposals and feasibility studies for new national parks and national park reserves.

History and culture

World heritage sites, Indigenous connections, heritage buildings, and more.

Changes to Canada’s historic places

A legislative project to ensure the continued stewardship of historic places in Canada

Top tasks

Passes, permits and fees

Seasonal and annual passes, boating permits and daily fees.

Historic canals and waterways

Launch your own adventure along Canada's original highways.

Cool things to do at national historic sites

Guided tours, overnight stays, and more.

Other types of sites