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.

Alberta

Trapline cabins

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.

Rocky Mountain House National Historic

Four visitors sitting on the deck of a log cabin.
Photo: Travel Alberta / AV Wakefield

Update for visitors

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.

Waterton Lakes National Park

A couple at the top of the Prince of Wales hill, Waterton Lakes National Park.
British Columbia

Themed children’s area

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.

Fort Langley National Historic Site

Costumed children hugging.

Increased guided hikes

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.

Yoho National Park

Smiling staff member showing a fossil.
Photo: Paul Zizka
Manitoba

Dog-friendly oTENTiks

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.

Riding Mountain Park

A couple walking their dogs.
Nova Scotia

Virtual reality experience

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.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

A visitor wearing virtual reality googles sitting in the HD-4 hydrofoil.

Learn to adventure

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.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

A boy standing in front of a waterfall.

Mi’kmaw culture sessions

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.

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Visitors learning about traditional drumming from a Mi'kmaw guide.
Ontario

Centennial celebrations

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!

Point Pelee National Park

An astronomer helps visitors study the night sky.

Historic progress reached on heritage building

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.

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

The Stores Building under construction for rehabilitation.
Prince Edward Island

Virtual reality experience

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!

Province House National Historic Site

Engineering students from the School of Sustainable Design Engineering program at the University of Prince Edward Island and a Parks Canada staff member test the new Province House Virtual Reality experience.

Mi’kmaq Elders workshop

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.

Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site

A Mi’kmaq elder in front of a wigwam.
Quebec

Interactive smuggler exhibit

Journey back to the 1700s and take on the role of a smuggler in New France, running contraband furs and goods from Montreal to Albany (USA). Uncover this little-known piece of history through a brand new interactive smuggler exhibit.

Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Two young children are looking at character cards from the interactive Smuggler Exhibit at Fort Chambly National Historic Site.
Photo: La Portraitiste

Guided tours

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.

Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

A costumed guide dressed as a Grosse-Île immigrant meets visitors at the First Class Hotel at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site.

Let’s celebrate! The park turns 20!

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.

Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Two young girls looking into spotting scopes towards the sea.
Saskatchewan

Kayak rental

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.

Batoche National Historic Site

Two kayakers on the South Saskatchewan River.

Frontier life experience

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.

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Family touching furs in the trading post.

Pet-friendly oTENTiks

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.

Grasslands National Park

Young adults prepare for outdoor adventures outside their Parks Canada oTENTik at Grasslands National Park.
Yukon

Theatre re-opening

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?

Klondike National Historic Sites

Costumed guides standing on the balcony of the Palace Grand Theatre.

Hike through History

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.

Klondike National Historic Sites

Visitors taking a picture together while hiking with a costumed guide.

The Maid, The Mountie and the Miner

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.

Klondike National Historic Sites

Three costumed guides representing a maid, a Mountie and a miner.

oTENTik launch

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!

Kluane National Park and Reserve

A family enjoying time inside an oTENTik.

Sternwheeler tour

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.

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

The S.S. Klondike ship, a historic sternwheeler, in Whitehorse.