Historical Sites in Canada - History

Come And Experience Canadian History 

Community museums, heritage buildings, sites of history and historic parks in Canada

Our historical sites in Canada including our museums, graveyards, and heritage buildings tell the story of Canada and before that, the story of "Kanata". Many sources state that the name Canada comes from the Huron-Iroquois First Nation word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement". Canada's history starts with the First Nation People of Canada. Our Indigenous Peoples occupied Kanata for thousands of years before European explorers first arrived on the eastern shores of Newfoundland, Canada. Kanata becomes a country, the Dominion of Canada, in 1867.

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Historical Sites in Canada

It is said that there are more than 970 national historic sites in Canada. However, there are 171 which are under the wing of Parks Canada. Canada is a young country, and yet we have a diverse history to share through our 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of national historic sites. 

Types of Museums in Canada

Museums and historical venues in Canada come in all types. There are wildlife, agricultural, dinosaur, First Nation, war, cultural and pioneer museums just to name a few. Many of the larger historical museums and historic sites in our larger cities are paid admission. However, many local community museums and historic sites are free to visit while others ask for a donation when entering through their gates.  

Canada Historical Sites & Heritage Sites

Canada historical sites include forts, pioneer villages, fur trading posts, dinosaur fossil digs, heritage buildings, historic roads, historic river paddle routes and First Nation villages and hunting grounds. Therefore they vary in size, activities and services. Many larger heritage and historic sites specialize in a certain activity like paddle routes or are highlighted by a certain feature like a First Nation buffalo hunting ground.

Canada Historic Site Amenities

Some Canadian historic sites include a sandy beach, backpacking trails, theatre, conference rooms, restaurants, gift stores, canoe routes, a lighthouse, pioneer buildings, period actors, a wildlife habitat area, attractions, a campground, protective plant species, and endangered species.  Many of the larger Canada parks are created to protect the environment, wildlife... as well as... Canadian history.


about canada 100x160 Some Canada Historic Site Sightseeing Tips

 - always bring a good pair of walking shoes.
 - pack water and snacks.
 - bring your hat, sunglasses and sun screen.
 - some sites have group tours and
 - transportation for the disabled.
 - research parks per your history preferences.
 - pack a camera and video.
 - ask about services on the site that are
 important to you.
 - ask about picnic day use areas.
 - always show respect to the period actors.
 - pack rain gear and prepare for changes in weather.
- plan for a full day as there always seems to be more to do along the way to the historic site.
- pack bug spray for historic sites in the wilderness.
- some sites require paid admission to access.
- lock vehicles.
- dress in layers as the weather can change quickly in some parts of Canada.

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