Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun Fall Activities in Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites

With fall just around the corner, there are plenty of ways to continue exploring the nearly 200 national parks and historic sites across the country. Not sure where to start? We have compiled a list of 5 easy, family-friendly activities that will help you make the most of your fall visit.  Plus, if your son or daughter received their My Parks Pass in the spring, they can flash it for an instant family or group discount!

1.    Camp in Luxury - Fall is the perfect time to rediscover the joys of camping with an all-inclusive camping experience offered at Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Running throughout September and into October, this unique experience has all the camping essentials set up and waiting for you upon your arrival. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

2.    Hike the Highlands - If you are on the east coast of Canada, why not join the Hike the Highlands Festival at Cape Breton Highlands National Park? This annual September festival features 24 hikes, and workshops on everything from nature photography to Nordic poling.

3.    Green A Beach - Roll up your sleeves and do some green good by volunteering with a clean-up team at Pacific Rim National Park. These teams cover the park’s pristine beaches and trails, pulling invasive plants and gathering debris during the month of September.

4.    Enjoy a Candlelit Tour – Take a glimpse into the lives of two great Canadians – Sir Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King – with a candlelit tour of Laurier House National Historic Site.

5.    Celebrate Yoho National Park’s 125th Birthday – Join the festivities on October 10 set to mark an important milestone for this iconic park in Field, B.C., where Parks Canada’s award-winning theatre troupe Mountain WIT will be entertaining guests with music and character performances.

National park field staff are usually on-site through September, so take advantage of the cooler weather to go on a guided hike or experience an interpretive program. Many national parks also offer self-guided activities such as bird watching, wildlife viewing and photo opportunities in all seasons.

Remember: if you have a My Parks Pass, use it all year long for great discounts on entrance fees to all of Parks Canada’s locations. My Parks Pass will also be launching its fall contest promotion in September, so stay tuned for more ways to win cool prizes! Know the past. Enjoy the present. Protect the future. 


Canada's Boomergirl said...

Fall traditions at Ontario Parks include Halloween celebrations, birdwatching and learning about creatures associated with Halloween. Recent posts on bats and bat conservation and fall birdwatching on Lake Erie are found on, a weekly CANADA blog