It’s officially that time of year again – the fall! The fall is my favourite time of year because there are so many great activities to do, the colours are beautiful, and the weather is (usually) perfect. October is the best month of the season to grab a warm apple cider or a pumpkin latte and visit a national park, historic site, or other outdoor space.
Use your Canoo app to discover the beautiful colours and activities of fall this month. Visit a Parks Canada location for fall events like pumpkin carving, hikes through trails of orange and red leaves, ghost tours, Thanksgiving festivals, and more. If you’re looking to stay indoors, check out the new exhibit of at Aga Khan Museum that embraces one of the most beautiful colours of fall: gold.
Don’t forget that you can always use the Canoo app to find new places to visit near you, any time of the year.
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer
1.Rouge National Park, ON
2. Riding Mountain National Park, MB
3. Port Royal National Historic Site, NS
4. Point Pelee National Park, ON
5. Yoho National Park, BC
6. Sir George National Historic Site, QC
Celtic Colours International Festival at Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This Thanksgiving long weekend, hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join Parks Canada staff for a guided hike associated with the Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay, and Ingonish. There will also be pumpkin carving at La Rigouèche and Broad Cove campground! For details, visit the Parks Canada website.
Halloween Ghost Tours
Visit Fort George National Historic Site this month for an exploration of the scariest partsof haunted Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. This 2-hour walking tour includes stories too frightening to be told on the summer tours and opens a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off limits. Halloween tickets are not covered by Canoo and must be purchased in advance; visit the Parks Canada website for details.
Bethune Memorial House Thanksgiving Festival
Every year on Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, thousands of visitors from China, along with Chinese-Canadians make a pilgrimage to the site in Gravenhurst to pay their respects to Norman Bethune and to tour and enjoy the famous fall colours in Muskoka. You can be a part of this tradition! Visit Bethune Memorial House for extended tours and programs all weekend long. Learn more on the Parks Canada website.
Halloween at Fort Langley
On Sunday, October 27, bring the kids for some fun Halloween activities at Fort Langley National Historic Site in Langley, BC. Go on a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treat at the historic buildings, and dress up in costumes for great photos. Don’t forget that children receive free admission! Learn more about this event on the Parks Canada website.
New exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum
Visit the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, ON for their new exhibit – Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa. Journey along the Sahara Desert’s trade routes during a time when West African gold directly impacted and connected peoples and cultures, arts and beliefs across continents. Learn more on the Aga Khan Museum’s website.
Grandmother Moon at Cape Breton Highlands National Park
It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth. On Sunday, October 13, at Ingonish Beach or on October 14 at the Chéticamp Campground, experience this Indigenous ceremony that celebrates Grandmother Moon and women’s teachings. Learn more on the Parks Canada website.
Meet Canoo member Monique Brown. Monique enjoys visiting cultural locations, such as science centres, with her Canoo app. “I believe cultural places play a role in building social inclusion by creating a safe place for persons from various backgrounds to congregate without feeling discriminated,” says Monique. “Also, it is my opinion that cultural places help to foster a sense of identity, local pride and positively impacts the social determinants of health.” Learn more about Monique here.
Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Celebrate with us at some of our upcoming ceremonies:
1. Fundy National Park ceremony in Alma, NB, on October 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge ceremony in Jasper, AB, on October 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
3. Mississauga City Hall ceremony on October 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
4. The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, QC, on October 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
5. Ismaili Centre Vancouver ceremony on October 31, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra partners with Canoo
The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra has partnered with Canoo to offer new Canadian citizens free tickets to symphony performances. The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra (est. 2016) has a mission to make orchestral music relaxed, accessible, and affordable. Their unique blend of high-quality performance and relaxed concert atmosphere, ensures that families are able to experience great live music, no matter their socio-economic situation, and no matter where they live. The orchestra takes concerts on tour to the small towns in the 150 km radius of Calgary, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to hear a live orchestra in their own town. Canoo members in Calgary area, be sure to check your email for offers.
6 Degrees Toronto
From September 23 to 25 in Toronto, 6 Degrees brought people together from around the world to challenge assumptions and find solutions and actions to counter growing divisions in society. Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered at, or helped spread the word about 6 Degrees Toronto. Your involvement in this year’s event was integral to its success. It was a great three days of conversation, ideas, and action with 45 leaders from around the world, and more than 500 participants. For a full recap, visit 6DegreesTO.com.
Alberta Ballet partners with Canoo
The Alberta ballet has partnered with Canoo to offer new Canadian citizens free tickets to the ballet. Alberta Ballet, under Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, connects audiences with dance that excites and inspires. The company reaches thousands of Albertans each season and has toured across Canada and internationally. Through both the originality of its programming and the talent of its classically-trained dancers, Alberta Ballet has earned a passionate following in its home cities, Calgary and Edmonton. Canoo members in Alberta, be sure to check your email for offers.
VOTE on Monday, October 21
The federal election has officially been called! On Monday, October 21, Canadians across the country will have the opportunity to contribute to the democratic system by voting. Canoo members, get ready to vote in your first Canadian federal election this fall! To learn more about voting in the Canadian federal system, check out the Elector’s Guidebook to Registering and Voting.