Staff favourites in the Canadian Prairies

Get the inside scoop on the very best way to enjoy our parks and sites from Parks Canada pros.


Female costumed interpreter posing with her fiddle.

Soundscape of the city

Kaitlyn, a Parks Canada staff member

Whenever I visit The Forks National Historic Site, I take a moment to listen and it’s amazing what you can hear! The squealing of trains as they ship goods all over Canada and the United States, the many languages of visitors, the peeping of ground squirrels, the music of local and international performers, and, beneath it all, the flowing sounds of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Kaitlyn | Event coordination

Historical interpreters tend to the Riel House garden.

The house on the river

Dylan, a Parks Canada staff member

Riel House National Historic Site is a tangible connection to Manitoban history and the early Métis way of life, back to a time where this thin “Seigneurial” style lot would stretch from the Red River to the Seine River. There’s a myriad of different motivations for visitors to experience Riel House from being a history buff, to discovering or reaffirming their Métis heritage.

Dylan | Visitor services

Young visitors learn how to make bannock with a costumed animator in the Bake House.

Work beyond the stone walls

Julien, a Parks Canada staff member

I love spending time at the farm and the bakehouse at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site because I love nature and food. At the farm, I can watch the garden grow throughout the season and enjoy the harvests directly. At the bakehouse, I can sample freshly made bannock with homemade butter, sometimes a few more elaborate dishes, and enjoy the smaller details of history.

Julien | Heritage presentation

Panoramic view of a forest path.

A fantasy world of ferns

Photo of Roxanne, a Parks Canada staff member.

One of my favorite spots in Riding Mountain National Park is the Oak Ridge Trail. It’s a unique landscape around Scott Creek with oak trees and ferns. It’s so refreshing to dip your feet in the creek after the hike! This is different than any other trail in the park and it feels like you’re in a “fantasy world” with the ferns and over-hanging trees!

Roxanne | Resource management


Fort Walsh

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"Where can you go where culture shines bright?
None other than Fort Walsh National Historic Site.
Indigenous peoples with stories to tell.
Demonstrations of beading, and drumming as well.
Sharing their history of days long ago;
Fostering understanding where it’s not known.
The hills are alive, and the tipis, a sign,
Of the many who walked here, among these waters and pine.
Discover the First Nations camp; all the wonders to be found.
It’s the place where I’m changed, by wisdom unbound."

Rae | Heritage presentation

Two visitors on horseback during sunset.

Horseback riding

Shelly, a Parks Canada staff member

There’s no better way to explore the breathtaking Grasslands National Park than on horseback. It’s the perfect way to cover several miles in rugged terrain, and provides a great vantage point to spot ancient tipi rings hidden in the prairie wool. Riding through this country and observing cultural evidence along the way is a constant reminder of how past peoples interacted with the grasslands. Without their stewardship and respect for the environment, there wouldn’t be this natural, intact prairie for us to see today.

Shelly | Management

A family walks in the meadow.

Borderlands viewpoint

Photo of Shauna, a Parks Canada staff member.

One of my favourite places at Grasslands National Park is the Borderlands Viewpoint. The view is one of the most beautiful and unique in the park, take a seat in the Red Chairs and enjoy! To get there, you have to travel along the Backcountry Loop which is impassable when wet, so make sure to plan ahead and come prepared for the remoteness of the area. But that's what makes it special!

Shauna | Heritage presentation

With these hands

Sheldon, a Parks Canada staff member

A symbol of hard work and perseverance; the piece of a wooden plow handle displayed in W.R. Motherwell’s home reminds me of the dedication and sweat that went into and continues to go into living off the land at Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site. It’s a tribute to all those past and present that grow food for Canadians.

Sheldon | Heritage presentation

Four horses pulling a wagon

A day in the life of a farmer

Shayne, a Parks Canada staff member

One of my favourite things is the horses at the Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site. The gentle beauty and the sense of awe and wonder that visitors get to experience when they see them, smell them and touch them is truly a highlight of every day. Our amazing team this year was provided by one of our Indigenous partners in the community and we cannot thank them enough!

Shayne | Indigenous and Métis partnering

Wagon in front of the Caron Home

Métis resilience

Jacelyn, a Parks Canada staff member

My favorite spot is the Caron Home at Batoche National Historic Site. Still standing from 1895, this house gives the perfect glimpse into Métis homesteading life and the resiliency of the Métis people in Batoche. Learn about life during the Battle of Batoche and the recovery of the village after the events of 1885. My own ancestors lived on the next river lot over, so I feel literally close to home there!

Jacelyn | Heritage presentation

Two red chairs and a family in front of the South Saskatchewan River valley.

Banks of the river

Photo of Adam, a Parks Canada staff member.

There’s nothing nicer than looking down into the South Saskatchewan River valley with the clouds rolling by up above. While many visitors explore Batoche National Historic Site for its rich history and culture, I love going on a quiet walk along the banks of the river to visit the Caron home.

Adam | Special events

A close up image of a Muskeg tea plant nestled amongst some other greenery and plants.

Beyond the boundaries of Boundary Bog

Kaitlin, a Parks Canada staff member.

Boundary Bog in Prince Albert National Park is the trail that made me feel at home. The moss and lichen, the stunted black spruce – it invites you to slow down and take in your surroundings. My family has been on this land since time immemorial, and I am grateful to continue that connection. My favourite sight is muskeg tea plants blooming in spring, white flowers attracting pollinators.

Kaitlin | Communications

Multiple flags in the wind.

12 flags

Chance, a Parks Canada member.

The 12 flags, representing local Indigenous Peoples and Treaty 6, as well as their accompanying outdoor interpretive panels, emphasize this site’s long history. Stopping at the flags before entering the fort is a good reminder of Fort Battleford National Historic Site's complex story in Saskatchewan.

Chance | Communications

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