There’s still time to get in those final few days of snow fun, but spring is in the air at your favorite Parks Canada places! On the agenda: a wide variety of activities and special events. Let the memories begin!

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Events by province

Nova Scotia

A visitor in snowshoes looking out at the vista.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Winter Guided Hike: Mica Hill

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
March 8

Bring your own snowshoes and take in this breathtaking trail through Acadian mixed forest and stunted taiga as it climbs to the wind-swept highlands plateau. It offers 360º views spanning the barrens, the dramatic Aspy fault, coastal villages far below and mountains reaching the most northern tip of Cape Breton.

New Brunswick

Two visitors snowshoeing near a cabin.
Fundy National Park
Credit: A for Adventure, Adam Cornick

Fundy Sugar Woods Festival

Fundy National Park
April 5 to 15

The sap is flowing; join us for maple season! Guided hikes provide an opportunity to discover the ancient connection between maple syrup and New Brunswick’s Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqiyik Nations. Stop by local shops for a chance to sample local maple-inspired specials!

Québec

Two visitors snowshoeing.
La Mauricie National Park

March break

La Mauricie National Park
February 29 to March 8

Come experience the outdoors as a family and create lasting memories. Free family programming will be offered in celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary. On the agenda: storytelling, Learn-to Camp and cross-country skiing workshops, games and a torchlight evening. Have fun at La Mauricie this March break!

Torchlight evening

La Mauricie National Park
March 7

Let the torchlights guide you on your snowshoe or cross-country ski excursion. Gaze up at the winter night sky with the Jupiter astronomy club then enjoy a hot drink around the fire to end the night. Come celebrate La Mauricie’s 50th anniversary all year long!

Opening of the Visitor Information and Discovery Centre

Forillon National Park
May 29

Discover the new exhibit and the new film presenting the Park’s main themes. It’s the perfect place for a first impression of the park!

Ontario

A person firing a musket
Fort George National Historic Site

Nature and Niagara National Historic Sites

Fort George National Historic Site
March 12

Interested in learning more about the nature conservation projects taking place at Paradise Grove, Niagara Shores Park, and Fort Mississauga? Join us for a field visit to Paradise Grove and/or a public open house to discover more about nature-based initiatives in the Niagara Region.

Regency Ball

Fort George National Historic Site
March 14
Wheelchair accessible

Step back in time and experience the grandeur of the Regency Ball with its empire waist dresses, top hats, exquisite dancing and live music! Regency costumes or business attire are appropriate. Karen Millyard, a professional dance instructor, will be on hand to lead the dances. Included in the cost of a ticket to the ball is an afternoon workshop for beginners that will be led by Karen and will go over the basic steps of Regency dance!

For more information.

Movie nights

Point Pelee National Park
March 15: Bee Movie
March 18: A Bug’s Life
May 6: The Messenger

Looking to take the family to the movies? Why not do it as part of a visit to Point Pelee National Park! Join us for one of our family friendly movies this spring.

March Break Madness

Point Pelee National Park
March 16 to 20
Wheelchair accessible

Get your family team together for our amazing scavenger hunt. Look for clues, solve riddles, and win a prize. The Kids’ Craft Centre will be in full swing throughout March Break, featuring a different nature craft each day. Colour a bird, butterfly, or dragonfly and add it to our migration tree.

Self-guided Dark Sky Night

Point Pelee National Park
March 21, April 25 and May 16
Wheelchair accessible

Explore the park on your own after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee. You will have the opportunity to stay late and see what goes on after dark. Visitors can pick up a seasonal star chart at the gate upon arrival. The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

What’s Croaking?

Point Pelee National Park
April 25
Wheelchair accessible

Come introduce yourselves to the frogs and toads that call Point Pelee home, and learn how Parks Canada monitors frogs by participating in a nocturnal survey!

Festival of Birds

Point Pelee National Park
May 1 to 18
Wheelchair accessible

Save the dates! Share in the excitement of birding at Point Pelee: learn about shorebirds, explore the world of urban birding, and complete the 100 Species Challenge!

Manitoba

Visitors walking through the snow.
Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site

Trek to the Fort

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site
March 29

Join Parks Canada and Aurora Winterfest for a Trek to the Fort, the annual journey across the Churchill River to discover fur trade history at Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site! Upon reaching Prince of Wales Fort, enjoy hot chocolate and snacks near a campfire. When everyone has warmed up, take a tour of Prince of Wales Fort and get a real sense of the challenges faced by the Hudson’s Bay Company employees living here in the 18th century.

Saskatchewan

Visitor star gazing at night with an astronomy telescope.
Grasslands National Park

Beyond the Big Dipper

Grasslands National Park
May 23

The new moon opens the door to the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada. Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they unfold the mysteries within the rich darkness we actively protect.

Alberta

A family building a snow fort.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Banff Winter Carnival

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
December 14 to March 29, Wednesdays through Sundays

Try your hand at curling, craft an ice sculpture and play in a snow fort. Challenge family and friends to wild and wacky outdoor games like curl-plunk and box hockey, and check out vintage films and media from the Banff Winter Carnival’s glory days in the Roaring Twenties.

Ride the Red Rock

Waterton Lakes National Park
May 30

Bring your family, friends, and a bicycle to celebrate Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton Lakes is commemorating its 125th year as a Canadian National Park. Don’t miss this iconic cycling event along the Red Rock Parkway!

British Columbia

Visitors talking at a farmer’s market
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Credit: Jessie Hebert

Cannery Farmers’ Market

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
March 8, 22, April 5 and 19

Come visit the farmer’s 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.

For more info

Spring Break Mystery in the Museum

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
March 16 to 29

Help solve the Mystery in the Museum during Spring Break—kids accompanied by an adult can drop-in any time and pick up a detective kit to find hidden clues throughout the historic Cannery.

For more info

Spring Break at Fort Langley

Fort Langley National Historic Site
March 16 to 27

Travel back to the mid-1800s and explore life at Fort Langley. Visit the chicks and bunnies, try barrel-making, watch the blacksmith work and try shaping your own piece of metal at the Jr. Blacksmith Shop. Once you’ve found your favourite job, go to the Big House and use a nib pen and ink to sign a contract to become an “indentured servant” of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Langley.

Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish

Fort Langley National Historic Site
March 18

An Axis Theatre Production by Joseph A. Dandurand.

When you take something from the earth, you must give something back.

Join us for Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, a deliciously dark Kwantlen First Nation fable. This ensemble cast of Indigenous storytellers delights and entertains audiences with their interactive and family-friendly show.

More information + Tickets

Easter at the Cannery

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
April 10 to 12

Drop-in throughout the day to enjoy fishy-themed Easter crafts, games, story time, and Easter Salmon Egg hunts!

For more info

Easter Activities

Fort Langley National Historic Site
April 12

Enjoy a relaxed scavenger hunt where every child collects stamps and receives a treat! For the “hoppiest” little bunnies, join an egg scramble (children ages 5 and younger) and try to pick up as many foil eggs as possible before they’re gone. Make sure to check out the blacksmithing demonstrations and guided tours!

Kootenay National Park’s Centennial

Kootenay National Park
April 21

Come celebrate Kootenay's 100th anniversary with FREE passes for you and your family to explore and enjoy the Park all day! Take in some fresh air and enjoy an early spring hike or snowshoe on one of the beautiful trails. Celebrate the centennial all year long!

Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
May 2

Come enjoy this family-friendly event to celebrate the multiculturalism of Canada’s West Coast fishing history. There’ll be Indigenous song and dance, Japanese taiko drummers, Scottish highland dancing and bagpipers, and workshops, demonstrations and food tastings representing the many cultures from our community!

For more info

Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival

Fort Langley National Historic Site
May 16

Don’t miss out on the 4th Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival! Enjoy local food and craft beer. Breweries and food vendors will come together to thrill your taste buds for a one-day-only event that’s sure to please.

Purchase tickets

For more info

Victoria Day

Fort Langley National Historic Site
May 18

Check out Fort Langley’s float in the 98th annual Fort Langley May Day Parade. We hope to see you at the community fair after the parade!