Brand new for 2018
Get ready for exciting new experiences at National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas this year as Parks Canada swings into a brand new season.
A touch of rustic luxury awaits this year for campers who want a slice of cabin life, thanks to our new traditional wooden log Trapline cabins which sleep six. Climb the ladder to settle down for a night of sweet dreams in the loft, or snooze in the double ‘Captain-style’ bed downstairs. Good times guaranteed! Make a reservation now.
Waterton Lakes National Park is ready to welcome visitors in 2018. A full list of visitor experiences is available on our website. Some popular areas were affected by the Kenow Wildfire in September 2017, and will remain closed due to hazards and destroyed or damaged infrastructure. Plan your trip ahead of time and keep checking our website and social media channels to find out what’s happening.
Play and learn in our exciting new historically themed children’s area which opens late spring. Parents can relax while kids dive in to explore! Toddlers will love the soft play area. Older kids can fire up their imaginations and paddle the model boats, pretend to be a fur trader at the trade counter, roll barrels and enjoy other hands-on activities. Book now for our Hidden Histories Tours which explore the origins of Fort Langley from pioneer times on a summertime evening stroll.
For the first time, hikers can join the Walcott Quarry Classic expedition daily! Learn about one of the world’s most significant fossil beds, whose fascinating finds have changed the way that we understand evolution. These rare treasures in the Burgess Shale date back more than 505 million years, join a small group of fellow fossil fans and learn about the bizarre Burgess Shale creatures and how they came to be fossilized at the top of the mountains.
Great news for everyone with a furry family member, for the first time, Riding Mountain National Park will have dog-friendly oTENTiks. Book now as these will get snapped up; we have five for the summer and one for winter. Don’t forget to keep your pup on a leash at all times in the park.
Settle back in the rumble seat, put on a Virtual Reality headset and goggles, and take a futuristic adventure back into the past at the helm of Alexander Graham Bell’s HD-4 hydrofoil, which broke a world marine speed record in 1919.
Does your heart hunger for the beauty of the backcountry, but your head know that you don’t have the skills? Make a reservation in July or August and Learn to Adventure with a park interpreter to take an exclusive backcountry journey to discover Cape Breton Highlands’ hidden gems. Along the way you’ll gain the knowledge that you seek.
Kwe’! Visit the Mi’kmaw Interpretive Centre and find out more about Indigenous life and culture on Cape Breton—or Unama’ki, as it’s traditionally known. Learn from members of the five First Nations communities in Unama'ki and discover the historic ties between the Mi'kmaq and the Fortress of Louisbourg that span more than 300 years.
Get ready for a whole year of exciting celebrations to commemorate Point Pelee National Park's centennial! There will be everything from a vintage car show, to our very first all-park, all-species Bio-blitz, an astronomy weekend throughout the Perseid Meteor Showers, a friendship feast in partnership with Caldwell First Nation, a fall art and artisans series set in our oTENTik village and more!
The historic Stores Building is slowly coming back to life. Closed since 2010, it is currently under going major restoration. Built in 1896 with red sandstone, our team has needed to draw on modern methods, such as 3-D modeling and laser scanning, to restore this heritage property to its original beauty. We reached a huge landmark recently and completed reconstruction of the south wall, which brings us one step closer to opening the building to the public once again.
Prince Edward Island
Put on a virtual reality headset and step past the barricades for a virtual tour of Province House. Experience this Canadian landmark as you've never seen it before: hear water coursing through a wall, stroll the historic corridors and chambers, and even deconstruct a wall!
Spend time with Mi’kmaq elders and learn about what life was like in Epekwitk, the traditional name for P.E.I., before settlers arrived in 1720. Learn a few words of Mi’kmaq, and immerse yourself in the stories and history of the Indigenous people of Epekwitk.
Explore the fascinating history of this storied island through six new tours which delve into different facets of its past. Relive this quarantine station’s past with more than a million immigrant stories, featuring a rich Irish heritage. Uncover the unique story of how medicine and science evolved here. Discover the ever-changing daily life of the villagers and the timeless wonder of the landscape of Grosse Île’s marshes, rivers and mountains.
Parks Canada invites you to come and celebrate Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park’s 20th anniversary. In 2018, we will offer free admission on June 16th.
All sorts of surprises will be awaiting you at the Cap de Bon-Desir Interpretation and Observation Centre, the Marine Environment Discovery Centre and the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre! Don’t miss out! Come see and learn about whales, seals and marine birds and take part in activities related to marine fauna.
There’s an easier way to follow the curves of the South Saskatchewan River this year, as we’ll be offering kayak rentals from our Visitor Reception Centre. Paddle the same route as Métis settlers back in the 1870s, and enjoy the tranquil waters surrounded by the lush green river valley.
Discover “Frontier Life” every Saturday throughout July and August and learn about what daily life was like in the 1870s for the people who called this place home. Hear traditional tales and Métis legends, savour the flavours from the cook tent as you learn about traditional food and meet the horses and help a North West Mounted Police officer complete his mid-day stable duties. Take a “Trading Post” tour and sharpen your bartering skills; explore the new Visitor Centre, and have fun playing with the interactive exhibits.
Love camping but hate leaving your furry friend behind? No more, thanks to a brand new dog-friendly oTENTik in both the East and West Block campgrounds. Don’t forget to keep your pet leashed at all times in the park.
Back after a two-year hiatus, the Palace Grand Theatre will be opening its doors for a season of shows and entertaining events. Take a seat for the Greatest Klondiker Contest! Back by popular demand, this hilarious show features characters battling it out on stage four afternoons a week. Who will bag the title?
Join our knowledgeable Parks interpreters and take a Hike through History each day for a 60-minute stroll through the hillside behind the town. Along the way, learn more about how the Yukon’s unique northern environment and the Klondike gold rush shaped each other. Don’t forget your camera; the family-friendly hike ends up at a spectacular lookout where the Klondike and Yukon rivers meet.
Get a front row seat on Yukon heritage with this new, provocative program, which shines a light on the political and social struggles of the Klondike. Witness a dramatic interpretation of real-life events from First Nation fishing and hunting grounds, to the gold rush era, through to present day.
Start making plans to be one of the first happy campers to enjoy the brand new oTENTiks— a cross between a tent and cosy wooden cabin— at Kathleen Lake Campground. We’re finishing off construction right now, so check our website to get opening dates and make a reservation!
Step on board the largest sternwheeler in the British Yukon Navigation Company fleet, and join a guided tour with our Park guides who can’t wait to fire up your imagination with tales of the Yukon’s riverboat era.