Cape Spear sunrise

Watching the sun rise over the Atlantic at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is a spectacular bucket-list experience. You’ll be in awe of the colours and stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline. It’s a better wake-up call than any cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

Lauren – Promotion Officer
Sunrise over the Atlantic at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.
New Brunswick is out of this world

My favourite gem in Kouchibouguac National Park is the Bog Trail. The view from the observation tower is amazing, and walking through the bog almost makes you feel like you’re on another planet! It’s very unique. Love it!

André – Internet Content and New Media Officer
People look up at the starts from a white observation tower at the end of the bog trail
Sallikuluk, Newfoundland and Labrador

Rose Island, (Sallikuluk in Inuktitut) has been used by generations of Inuit who have lived, hunted, gathered, and used the island as a meeting place. Part of Torngat Mountains National Park, this small island located in Saglek Bay, is also a resting place for Inuit as there are over 600 traditional Inuit rock graves. When you step onto the island you know you have arrived at a truly special place.

Gary – Superintendant
A group of people listen to a Parks Canada employee on Rose Island.
Third Vault Falls, New Brunswick

Rugged and remote, this impressive waterfall plunges 16 m down a rocky ravine in its rush to join the Upper Salmon River. This is the largest waterfall in Fundy National Park and a perennial favourite destination amongst our staff.

Adam – Park Warden
A hiker appreciates the view at Third Vault falls.
Gibbet Hill Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador

This is one of the least used trails at Signal Hill National Historic Site, but the view at the top is spectacular. It offers stunning views of the city of St. John’s, the Narrows, and Quidi Vidi Lake.

Rich – Visitor Experience Team Leader
Two people appreciate the view of St. John's from the Gibbet Hill Trail
Greenwich Dunes Trail, Prince Edward Island

My favourite place in Prince Edward Island National Park is the Greenwich Dunes Trail. Despite having hiked it many times, my excitement always builds as I cross the floating boardwalk on Bowley Pond, climb the dune access and then turn around to see the most breathtaking views of the parabolic dune system. It’s unlike anything else on Prince Edward Island.

Janette – Promotions Officer
Five friends sitting on the Red Chairs smile for a selfie in the dunes
Meandering trails, Prince Edward Island

One of Prince Edward Island’s best kept secrets is Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site and its 5 km trail system. The trails meander through the terrain of an 18th century Acadian settlement and offers the best views of Charlottetown Harbour. I recommend packing a picnic and a kite!

Ocel – National Historic Sites Visitor Experience Manager
Family walking a trail at Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst
Nova Scotia is perfect for paddlers

The moment I climbed aboard the 10-person Voyageur canoe last summer for a guided tour in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site I was hooked! Meandering up the Mersey River to the Stillwater Orde, a rarely visited and pristine part of the park, I felt completely removed from civilization. As I dipped my paddle into the still waters while listening to captivating stories of the past, I knew I was in a special place.

Krista – Promotions Officer
A group takes part in a guided visit in a Voyageur canoe
Grand-Pré Theatre, Nova Scotia

I cannot visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site without watching the presentation in the multimedia theatre, designed like the hull of a ship. The state-of-the-art presentation depicts the story of the Acadian Deportation and helps you better understand your visit through the site. There is not a dry eye at the end!

Mireille – Promotions Officer
A father and son listen to a presentation at the theater
Alec and Mabel, Nova Scotia

Hidden in plain sight! A beautiful photo found at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site; Alec watching Mabel pilot his speed record hydrofoil - the HD4. It tells so much about them: her adventurous spirit and his anxiety, caution and pride all at the same time. Leads to the story of the importance of Mabel’s role in Alexander Graham Bell’s life.

Donna – Heritage presenter
Black and white image of Alec watching Mable in the water
Wolfe’s Landing and Kennington Cove Beach, Nova Scotia

Part of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, this serene place was once the scene of a smoky confrontation during the 1758 British siege of Louisbourg, when 200 ships surrounded the cove. Much of the landscape remains unchanged, sparking one’s imagination and spirit of this place adjacent to one of the most spectacular beaches on Cape Breton Island.

Lee Anne – Resource Conservation Technician
Aerial photo Wolfe’s Landing national historic site and the Kennington Cove
A Soldier's life

I took my eleven year old son and his friend to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for his birthday to partake in the Soldier’s Life program. Immediately after the role-playing began, you could see a drastic change in them both. Serious fun! From donning their uniforms and working on drills to announcing the changing of the guard, these boys were up for every challenge.

Michelle – Promotion Officer
Children dressed as soldiers.