Important places in our past are all around you. No matter where you live or travel in Canada, there are museums, historic sites and all kinds of other special places to explore. In each issue of Kayak, we tell you about some that relate to our theme — check them out below! And if you have a favourite historic place, tell us about it.

Canadian Castles and Forts

From small settlements surrounded with pointy log fences, to big fortresses enclosed by high stone walls, to grand mansions with dozens of rooms, there are forts and castles all over Canada you can explore yourself.

Château Frontenac

Château Frontenac
Credit: Robert Ciavarro

Quebec City has both walls and a castle! One of Canada’s most famous railway hotels, the Château Frontenac stands high on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. And all around the old city are huge stone walls.

Château Frontenac
Credit: AG Anderson

Fort Whoop-Up

Fort Whoop-UpCredit: Andrew Kurjata

Near Lethbridge, Alta., check out Fort Whoop-Up to learn about life in a western trading post. In 1869, American traders brought whiskey and other items to trade with First Nations before the Mounties arrived to shut them down.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Credit: Nancy Payne

At Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in central Ontario, you can experience life in a re-created French and First Nations community of the late 1600s. Bilingual interpreters can tell you the stories of the settlement and teach you about the people’s crafts, skills and games.

Hatley Castle

Hatley CastleCredit: Oriol Salvador

Visit Hatley Castle in Victoria, B.C., to see one rich family’s fancy mansion (it now belongs to Royal Roads University.) When he was having it built, owner James Dunsmuir told those in charge, “Money doesn’t matter, just build what I want.”

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.