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national historic sites

How Will Parks Canada Cuts Affect Tourism?

By SHANNON KELLY

Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Photo: killthebird)

In the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is losing an eighth of its staff, in the North 64 jobs will be lost and across the country more than 1,700 employees will be or have been affected, with their jobs either eliminated or hours reduced. Overall, Parks Canada employees on the chopping block account for almost half of the nearly 4,000 jobs being cut by the federal government this year. (more…)

Canada’s Best Historic Districts

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Gastown, Vancouver (Photo: Junichi Ishito)

You may not realize when you’re window shopping one of a city’s most fashionable streets that you’re also treading in the footsteps of its first settlers. Many of the most historic neighbourhoods in Canadian cities are now populated by trendy, modern boutiques and restaurants in restored historic buildings. (more…)

Revist 1812 this Year with War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

1812 re-enactment at Upper Canada Village in Ontario. Photo by Rob Ellis.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, with re-enactments, tours, parades and other events taking place at historic military sites throughout Ontario, Quebec and the US. (more…)

15 Historic Canadian Battle Sites

Re-enactment at Fort George National Historic Site. Photo by Marc Hadley.

Historic Canadian battlegrounds—many with restored or replica forts, barracks and weaponry and colourful re-enactment events—echo cannon and rifle fire from standoffs beginning with 17th-century conflicts with First Nations people, through the Seven Years’ War and the War of 1812, and ending with the late-19th-century North-West Rebellion with the Métis people. (more…)