Experience the joys of winter in your favorite Parks Canada places. On the agenda: a wide variety of activities and special events. Let the memories begin!

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Victorian Christmas

A young girl looks at a christmas tree
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

November 23 and 24

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.

Woodside National Historic Site

November 28 - December 22

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 of Woodside in its Victorian splendor!

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 6-22

Let yourself be carried away by the magic of Christmas of 1845 in the heart of Old Quebec! Lieutenant Colonel Walker, his wife and the cook invite you to participate in the Christmas preparations and taste the flavors of yesteryear.

Discover the Dauphine Redoubt by participating in family Christmas activities of the Victorian era. The activities are tied to the rooms in which they take place, and there’s something to enjoy on each of the four floors of this historic building!

Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 30 to December 29
December 26 and 27
Wheelchair accessible

Experience the magic of the Holidays at the Cartier house! Dive into the festivities of a 19th century bourgeois Christmas and discover the fascinating origins of a multitude of holiday traditions still practiced today. A magical and memorable experience awaits!


Events by province

Nova Scotia

Visitor with WWI soldier in replica WWI western front trench.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Remembrance Day Commemorations

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
November 11

Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel are honoured to join in Remembrance Day commemorations in Halifax on November 11th. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute at the front entrance followed by the firing of the noon gun.

New Brunswick

Three people cycling on a trail in the winter time.
Fundy National Park

Christmas Bird Count

Fundy National Park
December 13

Now in its 55th year, this holiday tradition provides visitors with an opportunity to help document the volume and diversity of birds present in Fundy National Park and in the local area.

Presented by:
The Friends of Fundy
Canadian Wildlife Service

Dog Day of Winter

Fundy National Park
January 25

Never heard of harness dog sports before? Or are you a seasoned expert with many races under your belt? We will have something for every experience level! Everyone is welcome to sign up for the Canicross Fun Run in the morning and beginners are encouraged to come out to watch the demos and learn more at our info booths in the afternoon.

Presented by:
The Friends of Fundy
Moncton Dog Runners

Family Day Weekend

Fundy National Park
February 17

Grab your toboggan and take a slide (or several!) down the bowl then come back inside the Salt and Fir Centre enjoy hot chocolate. Join the team from Outdoor Elements for a guided snowshoe hike and/or take a Fatbike for a spin!

Presented by:
Village of Alma
The Friends of Fundy/Fundy Guild Inc.
Outdoor Elements
Fundy’s Cape Enrage
Fundy National Park
Fundy Biosphere Reserve
Hopewell Rocks

Ontario

Young visitors inspecting the original Moffat cast-iron cook-stove, Woodside National Historic Site.
Woodside National Historic Site

Beefsteak Society Dinner

Fort George National Historic Site
November 8

Join the Friends of Fort George for a special fundraiser dinner fashioned after the popular Sublime Beefsteak Society of England. Started in the 1700s, the Beefsteak Society came to symbolize patriotic and liberal concepts of prosperity. Throughout the 19th century, the club included royalty, statesmen, and military leaders. Enjoy a steak dinner, live music, an auction, and great entertainment.

Murder Mystery

Woodside National Historic Site
November 15 and 16

We’re back with a brand new murder mystery to unravel! Enter a time when the tools of investigation relied on keen observation and sharp wit. Catch the killer before they strike again! This is a classic “who done it?” with a historical twist! Explore the historic house while uncovering clues and interviewing suspects with hopes of finding the guilty party. Prizes to be awarded for some and fun to be had by all!

Purchase your tickets.

Paint Party in the oTENTik Village

Point Pelee National Park
November 22 and 23
Wheelchair accessible

Calling all artists and aspiring painters! Point Pelee National Park is excited to host its first-ever overnight paint party. Julie from Julie’s Paint Party will be here to guide you and your friends through the creation of your very own Point Pelee themed painting. Gather your friends and prepare for an epic sleepover in our oTENTik village. Stay for one night to create one painting, or stay for two nights to create two different paintings. Art supplies included. Just bring your sleeping bag, pillow, food, and drinks!

Self-guided Dark-Sky Night

Point Pelee National Park
November 30
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.

Live History Christmas

Woodside National Historic Site
December 7 and 8

For two days only, experience a Christmas adventure through time with the Live History theatre group! Experience Christmas in a new way as Woodside’s incredible historic house brings historical theater to life! Live History returns to Woodside with a brand new interactive theatre experience. Work together to solve puzzles and unravel the story as you are guided through the richly decorated rooms by entertaining characters from the past. Tickets go on sale November 7.

Lamplight

Woodside National Historic Site
December 12

Behold the splendor of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. On our grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. Tickets go on sale November 17.

Thousand Islands Christmas bird count

Thousand Islands National Park
December 14 – January 5
Wheelchair accessible

Come for a whole day and participate in a Christmas bird count between December 14 and January 5. Contact the park to learn more about the Christmas bird count.

Fort George Garrison Christmas

Fort George National Historic Site
December 14 and 15

Come experience Christmas traditions from the early 19th century, including crafts, activities and games for the whole family! See Fort George decorated in traditional holiday greenery while enjoying hot beverages, historic treats, and musket demonstrations. Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George for some jolly Christmas fun!

Matinee Movie: Over the Hedge

Point Pelee National Park
December 28 and 29
Wheelchair accessible

Looking to take the family to the movies this holiday season? How about at Point Pelee!

A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself. Suitable for all ages.

Dark-Sky Nights with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Point Pelee National Park
December 28
Wheelchair accessible

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. The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

New Year’s Day Levee

Fort George National Historic Site
January 1

Start the new year off with a bang! Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada for our annual levee celebrations. Enjoy cannon firing, toasts, and music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 or email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

Saskatchewan

Une famille fait du ski de fond sur le sentier du Wapiti.
Prince Albert National Park

Christmas Tree Harvest

Prince Albert National Park
December 1-24

Come get a Christmas tree from the national park during the annual tree harvest in December. Removal of trees in the community fuel break supports FireSmart activities to protect the Waskesiu Townsite.

Waskesiu Winter Festival

Prince Albert National Park
December 13-15

Enjoy this fun-filled weekend in Waskesiu with activities such as horse drawn sleigh rides, children's crafts, outdoor activities, snow taffy demonstrations, cut down your Christmas tree and of course a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Start a new family tradition at the Waskesiu Winter Festival!

British Columbia

Santa Claus sitting between two Christmas trees.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Copyright: Sandra Steier

Cannery Farmers’ Market

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
November 3 and 17
December 1, 8 and 15

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.

Salmon Science Expo

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
November 9

Explore salmon science through interactive displays and activities, as we celebrate the International Year of the Salmon.

Louis Riel Day

Fort Langley National Historic Site
November 16

Join us for Louis Riel Day, an immersion into Métis culture with fun activities for all ages.

Douglas Day

Fort Langley National Historic Site
November 17

Come celebrate Douglas Day, highlighting how Sir James Douglas proclaimed the Colony of British Columbia in the Fort Langley Big House on November 19, 1858. Join one of our guided tours to learn more about BC’s history.

To give you a chance to learn the deeper story, we’re offering our multi-lingual audio tour wands free on the day of the event. Request yours in the Visitor Centre.

Santa at the Cannery / Christmas in Steveston

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
December 1

Join us as 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!

Christmas by Candlelight

Fort Langley National Historic Site
December 14

Experience the natural beauty of Fort Langley by night and join costumed interpreters for a guided, holiday-themed tour. Top off the evening with espresso, drinks and food at the leləm’ at the fort café, which will be open for the occasion. Rain, snow or shine!

Heritage Holidays at the Fort

Fort Langley National Historic Site
December 21-23, 27-30

Hear stories by the fire, taste a roasted chestnut, and join costumed interpreters for a guided, holiday-themed tour. Admire the charming holiday ambiance and take family snapshots at various scenic spots on site.