Feel the light breeze and enjoy the vivid colours, as you start your fall adventure. On the agenda: a wide variety of activities and special events. Let the memories begin!


  • Nova Scotia

    Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders

    Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders have marched through the street of Halifax each year, with their bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying in recognition of their services to the city. Join us to see this ‘Confederation-era pagentry’ beginning with a squad inspection at 11a.m.

    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    August 24, 2018


    Hammer In 2018

    Come out and watch blacksmiths as they demonstrate their skills using 18th - 21st century tools and methods at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. From morning to late afternoon blacksmiths from across Nova Scotia will practice their art and may invite you take part as well!

    Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    September 1, 2018


    Katharine McLennan Award

    The Katharine McLennan Award was established in 2013 to recognize the exceptional contributions of an individual who has, through community, life, and volunteer work, made a significant and lasting difference in the area(s) of arts, culture and/or historical preservation of Cape Breton Island. This award will be presented during a ceremony that includes a live performance and a reception.

    Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    September 6, 2018; 2 pm - 3:30 pm


    Hike the Highlands Festival

    Join us for the 14th annual Hike the Highlands Festival, featuring guided hikes within and near the park, evening activities and presentations, the hiker distance award and a photo contest. Fee applicable. Registration: hikethehighlandsfestival.com.

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    September 14-23, 2018


    Harvest Home

    The Amazing Mr. J will be performing magic on the Silver Dart Stage at 1pm on September 15th. A live bunny, live dove, and high-energy audience participation will be on hand! Colourful magic and family friendly comedy.

    Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    September 15, 2018


    Best of Summer - Free entry

    Parks Canada is pleased to waive entry fees for this special day. Participate in the “Best of Summer” activities and enjoy the last of the summer sun. More details to come!

    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

    September 15, 2018


    Revolutionary War Encampment, The Second Citadel in the age of Revolution Encampment

    Come and watch members of living history groups from across the Maritimes set up a military camp inside the Citadel depicting the time of the American Revolution. Taste camp cooking, watch blacksmithing and play children’s games, and on Saturday afternoon watch the mock battle on the slope of Citadel Hill.

    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    September 15-16, 2018


    Gourmet Fall Night Hike to Peter Point

    Take a hike up to Peter Point at sunset, then watch the moon and stars come out, before joining us for beer tasting and food pairing from Boxing Rock Brewing Co. (19 and over only). RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) volunteers and Keji guides will be on hand to entertain and educate. Call (902) 682-2772 to register.

    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

    September 22nd, 2018


    Keji Multisport Festival: Women’s Triathlon and Mixed Team Relay

    Calling athletes of all ages and abilities! Embrace the challenge of endurance sports surrounded by lush forests, meandering rivers and a rich cultural landscape. For more information and to register visit: Keji Multisport.

    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

    September 22-23, 2018


    Savour the Trail

    Discover a new way to savour the fabulous fall colours on a hike perfectly paired with nature-inspired and locally sourced dishes and beverages served up by NS Community College’s culinary arts students of Lunenburg Campus and participating local suppliers.

    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

    September 29, 2018


    Thanksgiving Weekend

    Soak up the brilliant colours of fall and enjoy what has become one of Kejimkujik’s most popular weekends of the year! Participate in the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, the Haunted Jaunt, and take the plunge at the annual Cold Turkey swim. It’s the perfect weekend to spend with friends and family.

    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

    October 5-7, 2018


    Celtic Colours International Festival

    Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy, and excitement during this nine-day festival. Communities around the island host concerts and events at a time when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant. celtic-colours.com

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    October 5-13, 2018

    Pumpkin Carving

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park - Cheticamp and Broad Cove campgrounds

    October 7, 2018 at 10 a.m.


    Celtic Colours International Festival

    Step into the Past at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The evening begins with an authentic, traditional 18th century meal, served in period costume and character by candlelight. An after-dinner walk, guided by the glow of lanterns through the cobbled streets, takes you to the lovely chapel in the King's Bastion for a night of acoustic songs and tunes from Cape Breton, Acadian, and Irish traditions.

    Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    October 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm


    Celtic Colours Hikes

    Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish. For hike details, contact cb.info@pc.gc.ca, 902-224-2306

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    October 8, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Salmon Pools trail)

    October 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Corney Brook trail)

    October 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Aspy trail)

    October 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Middle Head trail)

    October 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Mica Hill trail)


    The Bell Series

    An interactive performance based presentation from featured festival musicians as they share conversations about their life and work. Free with admission to Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. For more information and performer line-up, visit the Celtic Colours website.

    Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    October 8-12, 2018 at 1pm


    Connecting Threads

    The Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada present Connecting Threads, a day-long event dedicated to women's domestic arts. Connecting Threads offers five workshops, each one highlighting a traditional domestic craft that women of 18th century Louisbourg were skilled in.

    Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    October 10, 2018; 10 am - 3:30 pm


    Music of the Night / Musique de la Nuit

    It's Friday night in the French fortress town of Louisbourg, in the middle of the 18th century. Music and laughter spill out onto the streets as villagers gather at pubs and restaurants. Experience it all for yourself at this one-of-a-kind night on the town that starts with an 18th century meal. 19 & Over. Photo ID Required.

    Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    October 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm


    Remembrance Day Commemorations

    Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel are honoured to join in Remembrance Day commemorations in Halifax on November 11th. Starting at 11 am, the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute followed by the noon gun. The Halifax Citadel and Army Museum will be open to visitors from 10 am until 3 pm.

    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    November 11, 2018


    29th Annual Victorian Christmas

    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 pm both days and admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation).

    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    November 24-25, 2018

  • Prince Edward Island

    Campground Chef Cook-off

    Calling all Cavendish campground chefs! Put forward your best camping recipe for your chance to become the newest Campground Chef extraordinaire.

    Prince Edward Island National Park

    August 31, 2018


    Great Island Campout

    Featuring a full line-up of interpretive programs and events, this weekend at Cavendish Campground is the camping event of the season. Get your camping crew together and book your site so you don’t miss out!

    Prince Edward Island National Park

    August 31 - September 2, 2018

  • New Brunswick

    Geocaching Event

    Parks Canada and CacheUp NB invite you to experience geocaching in the Park. First 400 participants to complete their Cacheport will receive a geocoin! Beginners’ workshop offered on-site. This year most caches will be bike-friendly. Meet at La Source. From noon until 5 pm.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 1, 2018


    Live Music with Jared Lutes

    From 7 pm to 9 pm at the outdoor theatre.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 1, 2018

    69th annual Fundy Open Golf Tournament

    Attention golfers! Challenge your friends and family at Fundy National Park’s annual Par 70 golf event, New Brunswick’s longest running tournament.

    Fundy National Park

    September 8-9, 2018


    Fall Star Fest

    Join volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to learn more about the stars in this weather-dependent celestial celebration.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 14- 15, 2018


    Let’s Go Biking

    Get youngsters on their bikes at this fun afternoon of cycling with challenges, games and door prizes for kids between 3-13 years-old and their families. Helmets are mandatory.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 15, 2018


    Kouchibouguac Grand Bike Tour

    Come experience the Park’s trail network! More details to come.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 16, 2018


    The Fundy Circuit Ultra

    From a 1.5km kids’ run to a 50km wilderness race, experience a snapshot of pristine wilderness and sustained ecosystems on this eco-friendly trail circuit unlike any other.

    Fundy National Park

    September 22, 2018


    10K Under 10 Million Stars

    Take an evening run through the park on the 5km or 10km loop beginning at Pijeboogwek. Bring flashlights, glow sticks, and non-perishable items for the local food bank.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    September 22, 2018


    Thanksgiving weekend

    Pumpkin decoration contest, family washer toss tournament, observation rally, board games and more! Details to come.

    Kouchibouguac National Park

    October 5-7, 2018


    Fundy Bike Fest

    Join us for celebration of the Fundy Coast region's mountain biking culture. Activities for all ages and skill level.

    Fundy National Park

    October 5-14, 2018


    Thanksgiving Weekend & the Fundy Pumpkin Festival

    Put a Fundy spin on your family’s favourite fall tradition! Join us for this fun-filled weekend and our annual pumpkin carving contest; winners will be announced at the Saturday evening campfire program and prizes will be awarded.

    Fundy National Park

    October 6-7, 2018


    Salmon Release

    Each year Fundy salmon Recovery released hundreds of wild endangered Atlantic salmon into the Upper Salmon River in Fundy National Park. Join us to see an amazing coordinated effort between many partners and organizations, working together to bring the king of fish back to our rivers.

    Fundy National Park

    October 11, 2018

  • Quebec

    Canadian Military History in the Spotlight

    Join us for two days of military presentations; musket, flintlock, and black powder percussion rifle demonstration; military maneuvers, canon firing and tasting the traditional soldier’s meal of meat soup! Fun activities for kids and adults.

    Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

    August 25-26, 2018


    Bières et saveurs de Chambly

    The greatest brewing gathering in Quebec, Bières et Saveurs de Chambly’s festival is committed to showcasing local microbreweries, vineyards, cider works and producers. Music, a circus, cooking demonstrations, conferences and the renowned Grande Brasse, led by Jeff Boudreault make Bières et Saveurs de Chambly an absolute must in terms of late summer festivals.

    Info: www.bieresetsaveurs.com/en

    Chambly Canal National Historic Site

    August 31 - September 3, 2018


    Free Admission Day at La Mauricie National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    La Mauricie National Park

    September 3, 2018


    Les Défis du Parc-Shawinigan

    Canada’s largest sport cycle gathering with three spectacular courses over a panoramic route closed to road traffic, taking in waterfalls, forest and cascades. Parks staff will be on hand with information and educational games.

    La Mauricie National Park

    September 7-9, 2018


    Défi Je bouge

    In a festive atmosphere, the Défi Je Bouge (only in French) offers three types of challenges: a 5, 10 or 21.1K run recognized by the Quebec Athletic Federation (Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme), a 5 or 10K walk and a 20K bike ride for the whole family. A 1K run is also organized for children as well as a 1 km walk for persons with mobility impairment.

    Chambly Canal National Historic Site

    September 8, 2018


    Circuit bleu Charles-Bruneau

    For its 5th edition, the Fondation Charles-Bruneau invites brave kayakers to circumnavigate the Island of Montreal once again to raise funds in support of children with cancer.

    Information and registration

    Lachine Canal National Historic Site

    September 13-16, 2018


    ʺVirée Gourmande des Comptonalesʺ

    Interpretation in the general store and the garden. More information (French only)

    Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site

    September 14- 16, from 10 am to 5 pm


    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Bioblitz

    Would you like to contribute to Marine Park knowledge? Participate in this citizen science activity! Who knows you could make some amazing discoveries concerning the Marine Park’s biodiversity! Share your observations using the iNaturalist application.

    At the Marine Environment Discovery Centre:
    Close-up on the St. Lawrence’s tiniest residents! A fun activity for the whole family! Observe, identify and catalogue the organisms that inhabit the park.

    At Baie-Sainte-Marguerite and Baie-Éternité:
    Open your eyes and ears! Will you be able to find the park’s rarest bird? Help our naturalists enrich the Fjord’s family album of avian fauna.

    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    September 15, 2018


    Time to celebrate!

    You are cordially invited to celebrate the Marine Park’s 20th anniversary. Details available on our Facebook page and on marinepark.qc.ca.

    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    September 15, 2018


    Ultra Trail au Bout du Monde

    A unique trail racing experience where the land meets the sea amid the beauty of the fall colours. Runners of all levels and experience welcome, from a kids’ 800m run to the Great Bear 110km race.

    Forillon National Park

    September 21-22, 2018


    Culture Day: Rediscovering the Forges-du-Saint-Maurice

    Discover what everyday life was like in the village at Canada’s first ironworks; take in workshops on the blast furnace and period furniture; dress up in period costume; take a quiz and win a prize!

    Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site

    September 29, 2018


    Journées de la culture

    Event organized jointly with the City of Chambly. The Fort Chambly National Historic Site will open its doors free of charge to celebrate the Journées de la culture. Parks Canada historian Alain Gelly will give a presentation on smuggling in New France at 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy a variety of family activities on site!

    Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    September 30, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site

    September 30, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site

    September 30, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

    September 30, 2018


    Symposium provincial des villages en couleurs

    A conference on the marine park will be presented for the opening of the Symposium on October 5 in Petit-Saguenay. On October 6th, a kiosk on the Marine Park will be set at Mont-Édouard to show the riches of the marine environment. For more information, visit the Symposium’s website. (link in French only)

    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    October 5-7, 2018


    Symposium d'art contemporain de Rivière-Éternité

    Come meet us at a booth on October 7 at the Village Church of Baie-Éternité. For more details on the event: www.facebook.com/symposium.riviere.eternite (link in French only).

    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    October 5-7, 2018


    «Attention zombies» at Penouille

    Halloween-themed activity by Maison des jeunes de Gaspé.

    Forillon National Park

    October 13, 2018


    MEC Run

    Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) has a challenge in store for you: line up in the Chambly Canal’s Parc des Ateliers for a 5 km, 10 km, or 21.1 km run, as well as a 42.2 km marathon on October 14. Open to all categories of runners, from beginners to elite, this event will allow you to discover the Chambly Canal in all its glory. If you’re up for the challenge, register on the MEC Website!

    Chambly Canal National Historic Site

    October 14, 2018


    Saguenay–St.Lawrence Marine Park Scientific Symposium

    Thirty years after the International Forum for the Future of the Beluga, what are the perspectives for the animal that led to the creation of the Marine Park? Thematic conferences and meetings with experts on the challenges of protecting marine environments. To register and learn more: www.colloqueparcmarin.com

    Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

    October 17-19, 2018

  • Ontario

    Echoes of Niagara’s Past: a Military Timeline Event

    Join us as Parks Canada and the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum commemorate over 200 years of Niagara's military history with interpreters, animators and veterans.

    Fort George National Historic Site

    August 25-26, 2018


    Art by the River

    This Arts and Craft Festival, which was first held in 1967, is Essex County's original Arts & Crafts Show. It has grown into an end of summer tradition in Amherstburg, attracting 150 artists and artisans from across Ontario.

    Fort Malden National Historic Site

    August 25-26, 2018


    Happy Birthday Haida

    Join us for a weekend of festivities to celebrate the H.M.C.S. Haida’s 75th birthday, from a Shore Leave swing dance party under the stars, to a family fun day and noon gun firing.

    HMCS Haida National Historic Site

    August 25-26, 2018


    Wild Ontario

    Join Wild Ontario at the Visitor Centre and see live birds of prey. Learn about the role they play in the environment.

    Point Pelee National Park

    September 1-2, 2018


    Anishnaabe arts and culture

    Join us in learning more about and experiencing the rich cultural heritage of Anishnaabe Arts and Culture.

    Bruce Peninsula National Park

    September 1-2, 2018


    Fall Fun at the Fort

    Fall for Fort Wellington as autumn colours and tranquil days await you at Fort Wellington in Prescott! Leisurely explore all corners of the site with a free self-guided visit.

    Fort Wellington National Historic Site

    September 6-8, 2018


    Dark Sky Night

    Park is open until midnight.

    Point Pelee National Park

    September 8, 2018


    Let’s Get Batty

    Join a park interpreter —and their bat detector —for a short theatre presentation about bats, before heading out on a hike. Listen for the distinct clicking patterns that each different species makes. Stay after the hike and enjoy a late summer evening and starry night sky.

    Point Pelee National Park

    September 8, 2018


    International Coastal Clean-up

    What do an oil drum, a water gun, and nurdles all have in common? They were all found at last year’s International Coastal Clean-up! Join Parks Canada staff at Mountain Bay to help clean-up the shoreline of our Great Lake! Be a part of the international event that is happening all across the world! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your own work gloves and re-useable bag.

    Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

    September 15, 2018


    Fifth Annual Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition

    Three days of Canadian steampunk amazement and astonishment, featuring evening concerts, activities, presentations and workshops for all ages and interests.

    Fort George National Historic Site

    September 21-23, 2018


    The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

    Join us as we clean up the shores of the Rouge River and Lake Ontario inside the park.

    Rouge National Park

    September 23, 2018


    Art Day in the Rouge

    Get inspired at the Rouge! This celebration of art has something for artists of all ages and interests.

    Rouge National Park

    September 29, 2018


    Local Colours Art Exhibit

    In celebration of Heritage Week, the Muskoka Chautauqua collective presents an exhibit of the work of local artists. The Visitor Centre will feature displays of art and artists in action, with live musical performances.

    Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

    September 29, 2018


    Hike for Health

    Fall is in the air, and there’s no better time to get outdoors! Parks Canada will be lacing up for the annual Hike for Health in Nipigon, ON. This 10 km hike along the Nipigon River Recreation Trail offers incredible vistas of the largest freshwater lake in the world. Proceeds support community organizations in Nipigon. Remember to pack sturdy footwear and plenty of water!

    Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

    September 29, 2018


    Earth Run in the Rouge & Indigenous Arts Celebration

    In Collaboration with Parks Canada and the Rouge National Urban Park First Nations Advisory Circle, join us for the inaugural Earth Run in the Rouge!

    Rouge National Urban Park

    September 29, 2018


    Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours

    Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we commemorate the 206th Anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights, and the death of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Saviour of Upper Canada. Please visit: www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

    Fort George National Historic Site

    October 6-7, 2018


    Thanksgiving Festival at the Birthplace of a Hero!

    This annual event sees thousands flock to the area to see the renowned fall colours and pay tribute to Norman Bethune. The site promises to be the centre of international culture as many Chinese and Chinese-Canadians make the pilgrimage to Bethune Memorial House.

    Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

    October 6-8, 2018


    Fall Walks Festival

    The Rouge is the best place in the GTA to enjoy fall colours! Join us for a week of free public walks and programs.

    Rouge National Urban Park

    October 9-14, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Point Pelee National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Point Pelee National Park

    October 13, 2018


    Harvest Feast

    A friendship feast at Point Pelee National Park in partnership with Caldwell First Nation featuring a combination of traditional Indigenous and European dishes.

    Point Pelee National Park

    October 13, 2018


    Art at the oTENTiks

    Take a walk through the oTENTik village and as the leaves crunch under your feet, visit a local artisan at work on each site. Not only will you get to see the beautiful products they create, but you'll also be able to watch first hand as they create. Included with park admission. If you are interested in becoming a feature artisan, please contact us at: pelee.info@pc.gc.ca or 519-322-2365

    Point Pelee National Park

    October 13 to 14, 2018; 11 am to 4 pm


    Dark Sky Night

    Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Windsor Centre for an evening of stargazing. Bring your own binoculars or take a look through one of the special telescopes on site for the evening.

    Point Pelee National Park

    October 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm


    "The House Youth Centre" presents: Haunted House at Fort Malden

    Take a frightening tour through Fort Malden at night. View spooky scenes in the historic buildings. From executions to zombie soldiers, your senses will be tingling as you are guided to each vignette. Do you have what it takes to make it through this terrifying experience? A portion of the proceeds go to The House Youth Centre to support their programs. Special fees apply to this program.

    Fort Malden National Historic Site

    October 19-20 and 26-27, 2018; 6 pm to 10 pm


    Ghosts of Pelee's Past

    Join a park interpreter for an evening spirit hike. Walk in the footsteps of people who once called the park home, and discover some of Point Pelee's rich human history.

    Point Pelee National Park

    October 26-27, 2018; 7 pm at DeLaurier House


    Dark Sky Night

    Explore the park on your own after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee. You'll have the opportunity to stay late and see what goes on after dark. Please note that there are no formal programs this evening. Visitor can pick up a seasonal star chart at the gate upon arrival.

    Point Pelee National Park

    November 10, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Woodside National Historic Site

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Woodside National Historic Site

    November 11, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

    November 12, 2018

  • Manitoba

    Métis harvest celebration and corn roast

    Celebrate the year’s harvest with live music, family-friendly activities and games, interactive heritage demonstrations, and delicious feasts of corn and bannock.

    Riel House National Historic Site

    August 25, 2018


    Dark Sky Weekend

    Join us and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a weekend full of activities under the star filled skies of the park. Learn about the Milky Way, look up at Anishinabe constellations, view the sky with binoculars, and party under the stars.

    Riding Mountain National Park

    August 31 - September 3, 2018


    Riding Mountain Pride Weekend

    Riding Mountain, in cooperation with Clear Lake Country, is pleased to announce they will be hosting Riding Mountain Pride. In 2017, Riding Mountain was the first national park to organize its own Pride celebrations.

    Riding Mountain National Park

    September 14 - 16, 2018


    Gawbehshiiwin | Heritage Camping Experience

    Sleep along the shores of Clear Lake. Gaze up at the Milky Way. Hear the elk call to each other. Experience camping in a way you never have before. Immerse yourself in Anishinabe culture at "gaw-BEH-shii-WIN" (a place to camp or live).

    Book your experience today. Call 1-204-848-7275. Full schedule of activities coming soon.

    Riding Mountain National Park, Camp Kippechewin group campsite

    September 22-23, 2018

    Cost: $66/person

    Limit: 15 participants. Age: 13 years and older

  • Saskatchewan

    Waskesiu Lakeside Festival

    Get ready for three days of fun, free, family-friendly events including live musical entertainment, interpretive activities, displays highlighting Prince Albert National Park’s conservation projects, a pancake breakfast, food vendors, and beer gardens.

    Prince Albert National Park

    August 24-26, 2018


    Symphony Under the Sky Festival

    Join us for a jam packed day of activities including threshing demonstrations, the Field to Fork Festival and kids activities. The highlight of the afternoon will be Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony under the Sky!

    Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site

    August 25, 2018


    Arbour Day

    Each year, the town of Waskesiu comes together to celebrate our trees and green spaces. Show your support by helping plant trees and creating habitat for the creatures that call Waskesiu home!

    Prince Albert National Park

    September 2, 2018


    Reel Rave International Film Festival

    Indulge in a weekend of movie magic in the Park with feature films, shorts, and documentaries at the Twin Pine Cinemas in the heart of Waskesiu, plus plenty of social engagements so you can discuss the films with other festival patrons.

    Prince Albert National Park

    September 7-9, 2018


    K+S MS Bike

    MS Bike is the largest cycling event in Saskatchewan and a fundraiser that offers cyclists of all abilities and ages the opportunity to ride through breathtaking Waskesiu in the fight to end MS.

    Prince Albert National Park

    September 15, 2018


    Outter Limits Fun Run

    This off-road running event welcomes both hardcore runners and newbies; sign up for the 10km run or the 5km walk / run. Plus live musical entertainment, a silent auction, prizes and more.

    Prince Albert National Park

    September 22, 2018


    Taste of Métis Culture Craft Show

    Shop for great gifts or treats for yourself including fresh garden vegetables, handmade gift items, canned and baked goods, homemade soaps, salves, quilts, afghan blankets, toques and scarves, at this unique addition to heritage day.

    Batoche National Historic Site

    September 30, 2018

  • Alberta

    The Banfftastic Show

    Bring a picnic blanket for an evening of outdoor fun by the river. All ages will enjoy the irreverent sketches and catchy tunes about Banff National Park, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

    Banff National Park

    September 1, 2018


    Milky Way Day

    Join us at Elk Island National Park for the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 13th annual Star Party. Featuring volunteer astronomers, guest speakers and local musical performances.

    Elk Island National Park

    September 2, 2018


    Waterton Wildlife Weekend

    Waterton’s wildlife is at its best in the fall. This weekend features a variety of wildlife events and activities; join us to learn all about the animals living in the Rocky Mountains and the prairies.

    Waterton Lakes National Park

    September 13-16, 2018


    Harvest and Heavy Horse weekend

    The horse-powered harvest commences in the Bar U Ranch field. Watch teamsters of today guide their heavy-horse teams around a course. See how skills of days gone by are demonstrated by drivers from 18 to 80 years of age! Keeping horsepower history alive for all to enjoy and be inspired by!

    Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

    September 15-16, 2018


    Jasper Dark Sky Festival

    Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world! During the month of October we show our appreciation and celebrate the night sky with dark sky month. This is a great time to visit the park and take in the festivities at the Annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival (October 12 – 21, 2018). On top of this year’s key note speakers, twin Astronaut’s Mark and Scott Kelly, visitors can experience a series of dark sky related events as well as the following free Parks Canada led programs:

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    Embrace the dark side and experience the star rich skies of Jasper National Park on a 2.4 km easy guided hike. Bring a flashlight.

    Lake Annette (Parking lot #13)

    October 13-14, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

    Moon Viewing
    Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! A Park Interpreter will have an assortment of telescopes and binoculars set up for moon viewing. Drop by for five minutes or stay for an hour.

    Heritage Firehall, 414 Patricia St.

    October 17-18, 2018; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    By the Light of the Moon
    Immerse yourself and experience the moonlit skies of Jasper National Park on this 2.4km guided hike. Learn about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark. Bring a flashlight.

    Beyond the Stars Event at Lake Annette

    October 19-20, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

    Why Dark Skies Matter
    Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest designated dark sky preserves. How does this status benefit visitors, wildlife and residents? Join us to find out why we love our dark skies.

    Big Bang Expo, 401 Bonhomme Street

    October 20, 2018; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


    Free Admission Day at Banff National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Banff National Park

    November 23, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Jasper National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Jasper National Park

    November 23, 2018

  • British Columbia

    Caledonia Day

    Find out who makes the best pie or pickles in New Caledonia! Bid on a pie in the auction, make a caramel apple, join in the games, feel the heat from the blacksmith’s forge, watch a jam demo, and enjoy much more at this fall fair.

    Fort St. James National Historic Site

    August 25, 2018


    Métis Day

    Come and dance a jig, listen to the music, try the tomahawk challenge, and enjoy Métis culture at its best.

    Fort St. James National Historic Site

    September 1, 2018


    Colwood Seaside Festival

    Don’t miss this free community celebration of arts culture and heritage. Join the city of Colwood and Parks Canada for a day of heritage fun at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites including: horse drawn carriage rides, live music, historic tours, delicious food options from on-site food trucks, crafts and much more! Extra parking and transportation from the Juan de Fuca park and ride will be available.

    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    September 15, 2018


    Pirates at the Cannery

    To celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, the Shady Isle Pirates take over the Cannery with pirate-y fun for kids of all ages, including games, dress-up, and a Pirate encampment!

    Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

    September 15-16, 2018


    Lantern tour

    Grab your coats and step back in time as Fort Rodd Hill opens its doors for an exclusive, after-dark guided tour. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on re-enactors in uniform going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at Rodd Hill during the period of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way! Guided tours leave every 15 minutes from 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

    This event is a fundraiser for our dedicated Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactors Association (VEMRA) volunteers. Tickets available from the main entrance kiosk during site operational hours starting September 1, 2018. Purchase your tickets early for this popular event will sell out.

    Cost: $10 per person, payable by cash only for VEMRA, plus regular admission.

    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    September 22, 2018


    A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse

    Fort Langley may one day find itself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse! But are you ready? In this after-hours event, learn essential survival skills through four fascinating activities including wilderness first aid, musket-firing, fire-starting, and blacksmithing.

    Fort Langley National Historic Site

    September 29, 2018


    Grave Tales

    Join our expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night. Advance tickets are a must. Tickets will go on sale September 6! Sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know insider event details.

    Fort Langley National Historic Site

    October 12-14, 17-21, 24-30, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    Spend a day exploring—it’s on us! We will be offering one free admission day.

    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    October 6, 2018


    Cranberry Festival - Free Admission Day

    Spend a day exploring—it’s on us! To celebrate the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, we will be offering one free admission day on October 6, 2018.

    Celebrate cranberries at Fort Langley National Historic Site while learning the history of local uses of native cranberries by Indigenous people. Did you know the Hudson’s Bay Company exported cranberries to California during the gold rush? Put on rubber boots and jump into the popular cranberry stomp, as well as other farm-related games. Stroll over to the wonderful Cranberry Festival market in the village.

    Fort Langley National Historic Site

    October 6, 2018


    Coast Salish Pit Cook

    Join us for a day of cultural sharing as we host a Coast Salish Pit Cook demonstration. This is a unique hands-on opportunity to participate in a traditional method of food preparation used by Coast Salish people. The process will start in the early morning and as the food slowly cooks there will be singing, drumming and the sharing of stories and traditional knowledge. On the menu to sample at 2:00 p.m. is camas harvested from our Conservation Nursery and other root vegetables.

    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    October 13, 2018


    Planetarium Program

    Sign up your kids for a unique daytime stargazing event in Mount Revelstoke's indoor planetarium dome, then let them teach you all about the starry night sky as the days get shorter! Ages 3-10.

    Mount Revelstoke National Park

    October 18-19, 2018


    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 local produce, baked goods, preserves and handcrafted items. Check for details on www.canneryfarmersmarket.org

    Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

    October 21, November 4 & 18, 2018


    Halloween at the Cannery

    Meet ghoulish characters! Treats, games, and haunted house, by donation.

    Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

    October 27-28, 2018; 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


    Halloween at Fort Langley

    Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site! Make a craft, visit the Spooky Servants quarters and get an airbrush tattoo. Geared toward young families. Wear your costumes for great photos.

    Fort Langley National Historic Site

    October 28, 2018


    100 Years of Remembrance

    2018 marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1 and the Armistice declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. Since that day, as a nation we have stopped to remember the sacrifices made by ordinary men and women in the field of battle at the same time each year, worn poppies, recited poems ingrained in our collective memories, grieved, and paused in silence. Join us on Remembrance Day to hear stories about the last 100 days of the most devastating war in history and the reasons for our Remembrance traditions from local military re-enactors and other community groups, do special crafts and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    November 11, 2018


    The day in honor of James Douglas

    On November 19, 1858, Sir James Douglas proclaimed the British Crown Colony in the Fort Langley Big House. Learn more about BC’s history with some fun activities.

    Fort Langley National Historic Site

    November 18, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Kootenay National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Kootenay National Park

    November 23, 2018


    Free Admission Day at Yoho National Park

    In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

    Yoho National Park

    November 23, 2018

  • Yukon

    Kluane's third annual Dark Sky Festival

    Festival goers can join in a variety of events including night sky photography, building bat houses, listening to First Nations traditional night sky stories, attending a music concert, painting the night sky and eating some bannock cooked over the fire.

    Kluane National Park and Reserve

    September 21-22, 2018

  • Northwest Territories

    Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival

    Behold the mysteries of the universe in the world’s biggest dark sky preserve! Curious kids can take part in our “Circus of Science” while budding astronomers can hone their observation skills during special workshops offered throughout the weekend. Camp out at Pine Lake!

    Wood Buffalo National Park

    August 23-26, 2018


Free admission day
Each national park, marine conservation area and historic site is offering a day for you to visit with no admission cost. This includes a day where lockage at our historic canals will also be free.
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