Winter activities and special events
Date Event November 25–26, 2017 28th Annual Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel
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 6, 2017 Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorations
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 above closer to the event.
Date Event All winter Enjoy many of Kouchibouguac winter activities like cross-country skiing and geocaching or try something different with our new snowshoeing and fat biking trails. November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 Rustic Shelter Winter Accommodations
For those looking for a unique winter experience in the area, three rustic shelters are available for overnight ski or snowshoe adventures in a safe and cozy environment.
Date Event All winter Snowshoeing and Winter Walking
Visitors are welcome to snowshoe or walk in the park. Trails are not maintained during the winter months however. Make sure to dress properly and be prepared for the elements. We do not provide a snowshoe rental service, so please be sure to bring your own.
All winter Sliding / Tobogganing
The perfect spot to feel the wind on your cheeks and to let yourself go. The Headquarters tobogganing hill is a great place for the entire family to spend an afternoon.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Date Event January to April 2018 Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Touring
Gros Morne National Park has all the ingredients for great backcountry skiing and snowshoeing experiences: coastal mountains with heavy snowfalls, lowland forests, treeless alpine highlands, and stunning vistas. Trips can range from short roadside excursions to multi-day adventures involving camping or overnight stays in one of two backcountry ski huts in the park.
Date Event November 21-December 31, 2017 A Victorian Christmas
Looking for a touch of class this Holiday season? Discover how styles dating back to 1867 are still in vogue 150 years later! Be charmed by the elegant Victorian decor featuring miniature fir trees, handmade cards and of course, champagne.
During your visit to the house, discover the history and unexpected origins of some of our still-current holiday traditions. If you’re looking to go out with friends or need a break from December’s hustle and bustle, come visit the Cartier house with its festive decorations. You can enjoy a hot drink by the fireplace, take a souvenir photo with charming period accessories, or make your own personalized holiday card.
December 2-24; week-ends, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
December 26-31; every day, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
November 21 to December 22; schedules as required and available
Date Event All winter Cross-country skiing and fat bike
This winter enjoy cross-country skiing and snow biking in a breathtaking setting.
Date Event All winter Come discover La Mauricie National Park decked out it in its most spectacular winter finery. Experience this wonderland and its exceptional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Our wintertime offering allows visitors to enjoy these activities during a single day’s outing or as part of a longer stay.
Date Event All winter Winter activities
The change in season provides for new discovery in the park. A winter oasis awaits.
All winter Winter Camping
Before you set out to winter camp in the park, there are a few things you should know…
Date Event December 9-10, 2017 Fort George Garrison Christmas
Gather your family and friends and come to Fort George for an afternoon full of exciting activities, crafts and games celebrating Christmas! This is an annual family holiday event not to be missed. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.
January 1, 2018
3:00 –4:30 p.m.
New Year’s Day Levee
Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations start at 3 p.m., and include toasts, music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, and a cannon firing to welcome the New Year. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 for more information.
Date Event December 2, 2017 A Garrison Christmas Carol
Experience an early Victorian Garrison Christmas at Fort Malden. The three course dinner will reflect what was served at the fort over 180 years ago. Lend your voice to sing carols, listen to period music and stories, and get into the festive spirit, Fort Malden style. Special fees apply. Please call 519-736-5416 for more information and to reserve your ticket.
Date Event December 9, 2017 Dark Sky Night—Experience the Wonders of the Night Sky
Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing. Park open to midnight.
Date Event December 14, 2017– January 5, 2018 Thousand Islands Christmas Bird Count
Christmas bird counts are conducted on any one day between December 14th and January 5th.
Date Event November 18, 2017 Woodside Murder Mystery
It’s murder most foul at Woodside National Historic site! We are looking for some keen detectives to help uncover a murderer in a classic “who done it?” with an historical twist! Explore the home to uncover clues and interview suspects with hopes of finding the guilty party. Prizes to be awarded for some and fun to be had by all. Pre-Ticket sales start on September 30th. Tickets are $14.70 per person. For Ticket purchasing and other information please call 519-571-5684 or e-mail email@example.com. Tickets are limited so don’t wait, you could miss your chance to unravel a mystery and catch a murderer!!
Times: Matinee: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Early Show: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Late Show: 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
November 30–December 23, 2017 Victorian Christmas
Savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas and learn how the King family celebrated this festive time of year. Feel the magic of the season as you walk through the richly decorated rooms and enjoy the Victorian charm of Woodside!
December 9, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Discover the enchantment of a Christmas morning reminiscent of a Victorian past. Decorate your very own cookie ornament to hang on your tree. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Special fees apply. Please register by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment.
December 14, 2017
Share in the traditions of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. On the grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. Gather in the parlour for live music as we perform traditional carols. Special fees apply. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-571-5684 for more information, or to pre-register.
December 16-17, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Delight in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas as you are guided on a tour of the King family home decorated for the season. Enjoy live music in the parlour accompanied by piano. Sample seasonal baking complimented by a variety of teas. Admission: $14.70 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. E-mail email@example.com or call 519-571-5684 for more information.
The Canadian Prairies
Date Event All winter Top 10 Winter Activities in Riding Mountain National Park
Everything from cross-country skiing, skating under the stars, ice fishing on the lake, to cozy nights in a Parks Canada oTENTik!
February 8-11, 2018 Winter Adventure Weekend
Play boot hockey, build quinzhees, eat chili, ski trails, make s’mores, cross country ski, enjoy a southern barbeque, or participate in our own version of the Winter Olympics. Activities are always changing, so make sure you visit Riding Mountain National Park or Friends of Riding Mountain for more information.
Date Event All winter Prince Albert National Park is open year-round and winter is an excellent time to explore the park without the crowds. Explore a million acres of snow-covered wilderness. Cruise down a cross-country ski trail, float across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, relax by the campfire with friends and family, or listen to the call of the wolves in the distance. The winter park awaits and warmly welcomes you! All winter Cross-country Skiing
Have a true Canadian winter experience! Ski one of the many family-friendly trails then head to an enclosed shelter to warm up by fire. Trails are groomed by the Waskesiu Ski Club.
Date Event Various times Aaah…
Relax and soak in the incredible view of the alpine scenery from the Banff Upper Hot Springs’ steamy waters. Originally discovered in 1884 on the slopes of Sulfur Mountain, Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest in Canada and one of Banff National Park’s most famous attractions. The historic bathhouse boasts numerous amenities including a café, a gift shop, a towel and swimsuit rental service, and a modern pool.
Date Event Mid-November 2017 through April 2018 One of the Longest Ski Seasons
Breathe cool, spruce air while the winter light casts long, blue shadows. Banff’s ski season is one of the longest in North America, running mid-November through April.
Late December 2017 through early April 2018 Snowshoeing
Prime snowshoeing is available late December through early April, but be aware that avalanche hazard begins in November and persists through May. Designated winter trails follow portions of summer hiking trails but not all sign-posted destinations are safe for winter travel. Use the winter trail guides to choose a safe and fun destination.
Last weekend of November Banff Craft Beer Festival (in partnership with Banff & Lake Louise Tourism)
Date Event November 1 – December 31, 2017 SESQUI 360degree film experience
Featuring the full dome screening experience along with virtual reality storytelling, interactive games and learning resources, SESQUI showcases the best in Canadian arts and innovation. The 20-minute film HORIZON takes its audience on a revealing expedition from the highest peaks to the deepest seas, and through all ten provinces and three territories.
Wednesdays to Sundays at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 Bow Valley Chorus at the Cave
Sing along to Handel’s Messiah and favourite carols under the full moon on the historic pool deck. Songbooks provided. Dress for the weather. Admission Fee or Toy Donations to Santa’s Anonymous.
Date Event Select Saturdays December through March Snowshoe & Stargaze
Trek over the snow and gaze into a star-filled sky. Following a short guided hike on snowshoes you’ll enjoy snacks around a fire and learn about the night sky above. Max 20 participants. Registration is required.
Noon - 4:00pm
Family Day Festival
Enjoy iconic Canadian winter experiences and create family memories in a winter wonderland! Head out on trails to experience the rolling snow covered landscape of the Beaver Hills. Feeling more adventurous? Spend time tobogganing, throwing snowballs, and searching for animal tracks. Stay warm throughout the afternoon with a warm fire and some delicious winter treats.
Weekends December through March Drop-in programming
Join a friendly park interpreter around a glowing fire at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area in the afternoon for drop-in programs. Activities vary every weekend
All winter Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a magical way to explore snow-covered trails. Blaze your path on over 80 km of trails or across open grasslands. Daily snowshoe rentals are available at the Visitor Centre.
All winter Ice Skating
Sun shimmers off the ice illuminating the blanket of snow around you as you skate past the islands in Astotin Lake. Bring your skates and a friend to share this magical winter view!
All winter Winter Camping
Winter camping creates unforgettable memories for those who conquer cool winter conditions. Gather your winter gear and head to Astotin Lake Campground to take on the challenge. Campers must register at the Visitor Centre or self-registration station.
Date Event December 9, 2017 Fur Trade Christmas Date Event All winter Winter is an excellent time to enjoy mountain scenery and the serenity of the park. Opportunities abound to celebrate winter: enjoy wildlife viewing and photography; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; ice climbing and ice skating; or even a walk and a picnic on a beautiful day. Date Event All winter From snowshoeing to fat biking to wildlife viewing to skiing, there is no shortage of things to do in Jasper National Park.
Date Event November 18, 2017 Louis Riel Day
Join with several Métis organizations who will be presenting Louis Riel Day at Fort Langley NHS. The day will be packed with Métis cultural activities, from finger weaving to jigging and archery.
November 19, 2017
November 19, 1858. Mark the day when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. Celebrate BC’s birthday and honour Douglas, our first Governor.
December 16, 2017
5 p.m. - 8 pm
Old-fashioned Musical Christmas
Join in an evening of music and carols in a magical setting and relax with your friends around the bonfire. Dress for the weather.
December 22-23, 27-30, 2017 A Fort Langley Christmas
Come spend the day at Fort Langley to top off the Canada 150 celebrations. Create magical memories, complete with music and treats, in an old-fashioned fort setting
January 20–21, 2018
10 a.m.–5 p.m
Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival
Tap your feet and clap to the beat of French Canada at Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual winter festival. Enliven a grey January weekend with the unique folklore and culture of the voyageurs and fur traders who lived at 19th-century Fort Langley. Join our fur trade wedding, learn to play spoons, brush up on your French skills in French 101 and fill up on delicious maple taffy and French-Canadian inspired fare while listening to live Voyageur-style music.
Date Event November 12 & 26, December 3, 10 & 17, January 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25 Cannery Farmers’ Market
Held indoors in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, this winter market offers visitors the chance to wander among tables featuring locally produced baked goods, preserves and handcrafted items. Check for details on canneryfarmersmarket.org
December 3, 2017 Santa at the Cannery / Christmas in Steveston
The holiday spirit comes to Steveston with the arrival of Santa by boat! After his arrival, Santa will make his way to the Cannery to take photos with the kids!
March 16-29, 2018 Spring Break at the Cannery
Join our family-friendly activities throughout Spring Break, March 16 to 29. Pick up a Parks Canada Xplorers booklet for fun activities to do in the Cannery, with a souvenir prize when you’re done.
March 30, 31 & April 1, 2018 Easter at the Cannery
Join the annual Easter-themed Salmon “Egg” Hunt inside the Cannery museum for prizes + kids’ crafts, games, and more. Look for appearances by the Easter Salmon!
Date Event Various times Take a Winter Road Trip
Located in British Columbia, Kootenay National Park features Radium Hot Springs, the largest facility of its kind in Canada. Take a winter road trip and marvel at stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks, glacier-fed rivers and burnt forests along the 94 kilometres of Kootenay’s historic Banff-Windermere Highway (today BC Hwy #93). After an afternoon spent exploring the park, finish your trip with a relaxing soak in Radium Hot Springs’ soothing mineral waters. The weather outside may be chilly, but it’s always 39 °C here!
Date Event All winter A Variety of Winter Activities
The Chilkoot Trail and adjacent White Pass are a popular destination for Whitehorse and Skagway residents and visitors. Enjoy cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and winter camping at a national historic site in the heart of the northern wilderness.
Date Event All winter A Winter Wonderland!
Winter time fun in Kluane begins as soon as the snow arrives and the lakes freeze over, but the longer days of February and March are generally the best months for winter recreation. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, backcountry camping and snowmobiling are all fun-filled opportunities in Kluane National Park and Reserve.