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.

Symbols to Visit

From our flag to our anthem, there are symbols of Canada everywhere you go!

Although there are many roads and a school named for Calixa Lavallée, there is a whole village in Quebec named after the composer who gave us our national anthem. The village of Calixa-Lavallée got its name in 1974. It is located northeast of Montreal and has a population of about 500.

Town of Calixa-Lavallée in Quebec.

To learn more about our national summer sport, you can visit the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster, B.C. And to discover the history of our official winter sport, there’s the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Two people playing lacrosse.

And of course, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, you can see the Peace Tower, the Centre Block that was rebuilt after the fire of 1916, the Centennial Flame and more.

Peace Tower on a winter's night

Finally, the easiest Canadian symbol to see is our cool maple leaf flag. Look around at school, in your town or city and there it is!

Three Canadian flags flapping in the breeze.

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.