As Canadians, we are lucky to have a rich and diverse heritage to celebrate and there are so many ways we can all celebrate heritage.
Canada Historic Places Day
Canada Historic Places Day is a great opportunity for sites of all types and sizes to share their story, and for Canadians to get out and enjoy. In 2020, millions of people across Canada heard about the event and thousands experienced history on this day across 477 historic places, including sites at or near all 9 cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada, there’s even more to discover!
To find out more visit www.historicplacesday.ca.
This project is made possible in part with support from Parks Canada Agency.
In 2020, Heritage Day is February 17, 2020, and Heritage Week runs from February 17 to 23, 2020 with the theme 2020 Vision: Bringing the Past Into the Future.
Why celebrate Heritage Day? Because Canada’s collective story is told through our special places, whether they are historic lighthouses or schools, places of faith, industrial complexes, or cultural landscapes. Our shared heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like town squares, and pow wow grounds, and cultural objects such as artifacts, regalia and family memorabilia are tangible touchstones with the past that can root us in place and nourish the spirit. Intangible heritage – languages, traditional rituals, music, dance, storytelling and more – is at the heart of family and community.
In celebration of our past and our future, we encourage all Canadians – young and old, deeply rooted or new to Canada – to visit museums, historic sites and heritage destinations, cultural landscapes and cultural centers, and connect with traditional knowledge keepers, educators, parents and grandparents to experience heritage on Heritage Day and beyond.