National historic sites

Protecting, understanding and appreciating Canadian history.

About national historic sites

There are 1004 national historic sites in Canada, located in every Canadian province and territory. 171 of these are administered by Parks Canada.

National historic sites can be found in almost any setting, from rural and urban to wilderness; they may be sacred spaces, archaeological sites, battlefields, heritage houses, historic districts, places of scientific discovery, and much more.

These sites allow us to learn more about Canadian history, including the diverse cultural communities who make up Canada, and the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

National Historic Sites System Plan

Sharing the stories of Canada’s history through diverse, wide-ranging and sometimes complex perspectives.

National historic designations

Places, persons and events that illustrate defining moments in Canada’s history.

Culture and history

World heritage sites, Indigenous connections, heritage buildings, and more.

Changes to Canada’s historic places

A legislative project to ensure the continued stewardship of historic places in Canada

Top tasks

Passes, permits and fees

Seasonal and annual passes, boating permits and daily fees.

Historic canals and waterways

Launch your own adventure along Canada's original highways.

Surprising experiences

Guided tours, overnight stays, and more.

Summer jobs at Parks Canada

Now hiring for summer and entry-level jobs across Canada for 2024.

Parks Canada Discovery Pass 

Order by December 11 to ensure delivery within Canada on time for the holidays.

More places to discover with Parks Canada

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