During our Eastern Canada Road Trip, we discovered that Parks Canada has a special Xplorers Program for kids and families. At some Parks Canada locations, they will give your children an Xplorers booklet filled with fun activities and tasks to accomplish. During your visit, your children complete some of them and at the end of the visit, they receive a certificate and a little "dog tag" style souvenir that shows where they went.
We discovered this while we were on Prince Edward Island. I wish we had known about it at the start of our trip because it would have been so nice to have stopped at Canada Parks in each province that we visited! We got pretty close on our way back home, though!
We started with Prince Edward Island National Park. If you read my post about the Cavendish area, you'll remember our experience at Cavendish Beach, learning to make sand castles. This Sand Sculpting program is offered by Parks Canada and is one of the Xplorer activities.
Our next Parks Canada stop was Green Gables National Historic Site which also offers the Xplorer program. To earn our Green Gables souvenir we went on a scavenger hunt to find certain items in the house and the barn, and learned about old typewriters.
Our next visit was to the Halifax Citadel in Nova Scotia. The girls dipped quill pens and fill out an "enlistment" form to join the British Army, dress like a soldier, and stand as a sentry (no smiling!).
We visited Fort Beauséjour in New Brunswick when we drove from Nova Scotia to St. Andrews. Apparently I was too involved with our scavenger hunt there to remember to take any photos!
Our last Canada Parks stop was the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. It was really interesting for the girls to learn about locks and how these strange water elevators for boats work! We were even fortunate enough to see a boat actually using the locks while we were there!
Visiting these locations and gathering a collection of souvenirs had the girls hooked on the Xplorer program, so when we got home we got right to work checking out the website to see if there are any locations near us that offer it! We're excited to add to their collection!
If you live in Canada (or if you'll be visiting), I encourage you to get out and learn more about the country through these Parks Canada locations, and be sure to look up which parks nearby are offering the Xplorer program! This year is a great time to do it with our 150th year and free admission to all Parks Canada locations!