History Comes Alive at These Canadian Landmarks

Explore the fascinating historic places, diverse cultures and stunning scenery of Canada


Whether you’re a traveler who loves to be immersed in local culture, or a history buff with the heart of an explorer—there’s something for everyone when you visit any of the 170 national historic sites managed by Parks Canada. Experience the storied locations and landmarks that helped create the vibrant Canadian cities, towns and villages we know today.

The Forks: Where History, Culture and Fun Meet

Nestled between the Assiniboine and Red rivers, this popular Winnipeg destination has been a meeting place for everyone from bison hunters to fur traders for nearly 6,000 years. Modern day history lovers converge at the The Forks to experience a bit of pioneer-styled fun. Immerse yourself in the scenery with a stroll along the Assiniboine Riverwalk, or take a boat tour that launches from the same port used to bring goods to early settlements. Of course, you can grab some food, enjoy outdoor entertainment or get in some shopping as well.

Halifax Citadel: An 18th Century Stronghold

It’s easy to see why the Halifax Citadel has been an important part of the country’s military strategy for hundreds of years. The location has an expansive view of the Halifax harbor, which offers a critical vantage point for defending the surrounding area. When visiting the Citadel, you’ll learn about the history of the original fortress’—which dates back to 1749. You’ll also have a chance to experience a life as a solider, see what communication was like before the days of modern tech and step into a 19th century school room.

Green Gables: Beloved Tale, Beautiful Town

A timeless story comes to life at Green Gables, the picturesque location that served as a backdrop for L.M. Montgomery’s novel, Anne of Green Gables. Located in Cavendish, this charming town is a popular destination for people around the world. Visitors can tour the Green Gables House and see sites described in the book, like the Haunted Woods and Balsam Hollow. You can also tour the themed museums or enjoy a musical during the summer at the nearby Charlottetown Festival.

Fort George: Bringing the Past to Life

If you’re a military history buff, you might already know about Fort George thanks to the role it played in the War of 1812. This Niagara-on-the-Lake outpost was built in 1806 and has served as headquarters for the British Army and as a training base during both World Wars. When you visit the Fort, be sure to taste some authentic 19th century style food cooked over an open fire. You can also try your hand at firing a musket, see period-style clothing and learn about the battles that occurred on the grounds.

Bar-U-Ranch: Poets, Artists and Outlaws

Once the center of Canada’s thriving ranching industry, the Bar-U-Ranch in Longview now stands as a tribute to the role ranching played in the nation’s development. Visitors are in good company as poets, artists and outlaws alike have graced the property, including acclaimed western artist Charley Russell and the famed outlaw, the Sundance Kid. When you visit, you can tour 35 historic structures and try out some old cowboy skills like roping. You can also see a real blacksmith at work, visit an old-fashioned post office and grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant.



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