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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Events by province

New Brunswick

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

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.

Québec

A visitor in snowshoes gazes out at the frozen lake below.
La Mauricie National Park

Torchlight evening

La Mauricie National Park
January 18, February 15 and 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!

Défis du Parc – Nordique

La Mauricie National Park
February 19 - 22

To celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary, Les Défis du Parc – Nordique is adding a special touch to the event! More than 1 200 elementary school students will participate in an outdoor-activity day, and “Les Roses”, the Défis du Parc women’s team will take part in a Nordic triathlon.

For more information (in French only) visit les defis.

March break

La Mauricie National Park
February 29 - 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!

Ontario

Two visitors snowshoeing.
Rouge National Urban Park

Skating on the Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal National Historic Site
January to late February

Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the National Capitol Commission transforms the historic Rideau Canal into the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake. Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal!

Saturday night tunes on ice

Fort George National Historic Site
January 11, 18 and 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Come skate under the stars and sparkling string lights, featuring music from our live DJ at the Vintage – Parks Canada skating rink.

PA Day Fun at the Rink and Fort George!

Fort George National Historic Site
January 17

Spend your PA day at Fort George! Our strategy for the best PA day ever includes musket demonstrations, historic games, and an exciting scavenger hunt. Become an Xplorer and complete the challenges to earn a special Fort George souvenir.

Learn-to Camp and stay overnight in a cozy oTENTik

Point Pelee National Park
January 25 and 26
Wheelchair accessible

Experience camping in winter…with a few perks! Make lasting memories with your family! Enjoy a starry night, breathtaking views, and a chance to bond with your family around an open campfire.

Winterlude

Rideau Canal National Historic Site
January 31 to February 17

The 42nd Winterlude celebrates Canada’s Capital Region’s cultural, artistic and culinary diversity. Come discover the many ways you can enjoy this unique historic canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more information

A brand new Winter Murder Mystery

Fort George National Historic Site
February 7

There is a chill in the air and it’s not just the weather! Join us for a brand new Winter Murder Mystery at Fort George National Historic Site! Major Blue is looking for some keen detectives to help uncover a murderer in a classic "who done it?" with an historical winter twist. Explore the buildings of Fort George to uncover clues and interview suspects with hopes of finding the guilty party. Prizes to be awarded to some and fun to be had by all!

Purchase your tickets

Date and skate

Fort George National Historic Site
February 14

Glide by the rink for a sweet Valentine’s day date – on skates!

Niagara Ice Dogs meet & skate

Fort George National Historic Site
February 17

Come meet and skate with players from the Niagara Ice Dogs, their mascot Bones, and Parks Canada’s mascot Parka at the Vintage – Parks Canada skating rink!

WinterRouge

Rouge National Urban Park
February 17

We want you to come chill out with us. WinterRouge is back, and bigger and better than ever! Join us as we proudly celebrate 5 years of this free, outdoor family-fun event inspired by all things winter in Ontario.

March Break activities

Fort George National Historic Site
March 16 - 20

Meet us at the skating rink for the coolest March Break ever! Weather permitting, the rink will be open all week long, with helmet and skate rentals available.

Manitoba

Two people standing outside in the wintertime
Riding Mountain National Park

Winter adventure weekend

Riding Mountain National Park
February 7-9

Join us here in the Winter Wonderland of Riding Mountain National Park. Take in the beautiful outdoors with popular activities like fat biking, skating, cross country skiing. Fill your evenings with live music and great food!

Alberta

A father and daughter experience the museum's main floor bison specimen exhibit with the big horn sheep exhibit to the left.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Drawn to Nature: Drawing at the Banff Park Museum

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
January 17, February 21
Wheelchair accessible

Participate in free beginner-level drawing workshops at Banff Centre. Those of all ages and levels of experience are invited! Their esteemed Teaching Artist in Residence, Janice Tanton, will help explore different materials and techniques in this facilitated class. Explore your artistic side and take part in discussions on how we interact with the cultural and geological landscapes of Banff National Park.

For more information

British Columbia

Interpreters dressed as voyageurs in front of a canoe.
Fort Langley National Historic Site

Vive les voyageurs Festival

Fort Langley National Historic Site
January 25 and 26

Tap your feet to the beat of French-Canadian music at Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Vive les Voyageurs Festival. Enliven your senses with the traditional foods, music and culture of the 19th century French-Canadian and Métis fur traders.