Parks Canada Celebrates the Year of the Garden
This year for Historic Places Days, take part in the Year of Garden celebrations by visiting some of the most beautiful gardens at Parks Canada. Dive into history: explore gardens that have been carefully landscaped to replicate what they would have been like at that time. Discover Canada’s heritage in the most beautiful way!
By Darlene Fortier, Program Officer for the National Celebrations and Commemorations at Parks Canada.
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Visit the ornamental gardens of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and let yourself be charmed by the vibrant colours of the many flowers, shrubs, and trees that surround the site. Explore these stunning gardens established in 1956, which tell the story of Mabel Hubbard Bell: an avid horticulturist, an advocate for women and children’s education, and the first woman to manage an aviation company.
Explore the colourful, historic gardens designed by radical leader of French Canadians, Louis-Joseph Papineau. Known for his passion for politics, Papineau also shared a love for botany. He designed the landscaping with inspiration from the English gardens he visited.
Admire the blooming landscapes as you walk these beautiful garden paths and who knows? You might even bump into the Gardener Papineau this summer!
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Discover a colourful mosaic of cosmos, marigolds, delphiniums and more at Sault Ste. Marie Canal’s English garden! The plants here were carefully selected to accurately reflect what was grown in the early 20th century. Dating back to 1911, Superintendent J.W. LeBreton Ross was able to secure funds through the “Beautify Canada” campaign to plant tree seedlings and flower beds.
St. Andrews, MB
Head to Lower Fort Garry and explore the different gardens! Stroll past the Monarch garden and spot the chrysalises before the butterflies emerge. Find produce gardens that feature heirloom seeds passed from one generation to another or go for an afternoon stroll along the Victorian flower garden at the Big House.
Langley, British Columbia
Discover the scenic gardens at the Commissioner’s Residence in Dawson, a mansion restored to its 1912-1916 state when George and Martha Black resided there. Martha was an avid gardener and landscaper who even went on to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for her research and lectures on Yukon flora. In addition to being an accomplished horticulturist, Martha was also the second woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons (1935-40).
Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Whitehorse, Yukon
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Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Fredericton, New Brunswick 40 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Cardigan, Prince Edward Island to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 4 places
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50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
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Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
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