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August 20, 2011 06:00 ET

Media Advisory: Parks Canada to Celebrate Canada's 'Fab Forts' Weekend With Coast-To-Coast 100-Gun Salute

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2011) - August 19, 20 and 21, Parks Canada is celebrating Canada's "Fab Forts" Weekend across the country as part of its centennial celebrations. Canada's 'Fab Forts' Weekend will take place in more than 30 forts across the country, and when the clock strikes 2:30 p.m., will be marked by a coast-to-coast 100 gun salute.

This advisory is subject to change without notice.

The details are as follows:

Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 2 :30 p.m.
Location: Various locations (see accompanying backgrounder)

BACKGROUNDER

FAB FORTS WEEKEND LOCATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

On August 19-21, the Fab Forts Weekend will celebrate historic forts all across the country. The highlight of the weekend will be a coast-to-coast 100-gun salute, employing historic artillery, beginning at Signal Hill, Newfoundland, and ending at Fort Rodd Hill, British Columbia. At 2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, August 21, up to 20 of Canada's national historic sites will be firing a total of 100 shots to commemorate Parks Canada's centennial. The list below describes other activities planned across the country during the weekend:

Alberta

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/rockymountain/ne/ne1.aspx), located 6 km west of Rocky Mountain House, AB, on Highway 11A: History, gun salute, whitewater event.

British Columbia

Fort Langley National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx), Fort Langley, BC: Black powder and cannon salute, fur trade interpretation, farmers' market.

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/index.aspx), located 14 km (8.4 miles) west of downtown Victoria, BC: Armourers, weavers, carpenters, pewterers and calligraphers demonstrations, gun salute.

Fort St. James National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/stjames/index.aspx), Fort St. James, BC: Hands-on activities, storytelling, demonstrations, gun salute.

Manitoba

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/fortgarry/index.aspx), located 32 km (20 miles) north from downtown Winnipeg, MB: Hands-on activities.

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/prince/index.aspx), Churchill, MB: Free transportation and special Tour of the Fort.

New Brunswick

Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nb/beausejour/index.aspx), Aulac, NB: Panoramic views, exploration activities, picnics.

St. Andrews Blockhouse National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nb/standrews/index.aspx), St. Andrews, NB: Community BBQ.

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nb/carleton/index.aspx), West Saint John, NB: Family picnic, panoramic views.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Signal Hill National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/signalhill/index.aspx), St. John's, NL: Artillery demonstration, gun salute

Cape Spear National Historic Site, St. John's, NL: gun salute

Nova Scotia

Fort Anne National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/fortanne/index.aspx), Annapolis Royal, NS: Special program celebrating Vauban-style fortifications.

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx), Louisbourg, NS: Gun salute, opening of École de Canonniers, christening the new mortar, guided tours, military demonstrations, children's activities, feeding the animals, 18th century dining, cooking and music... and much much more!

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/halifaxcitadel), Halifax, NS: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax, NS: parade, family activities, historical clothing and military pageant, movie, Victorian games, interactive artillery programs, gun salute.

Port Royal National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/index.aspx), Annapolis Royal, NS: Mi'kmaw traditions, history, drumming, song, games and lifestyle, game of waltes and wigwam visits.

Ontario

Fort George National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx), Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Interpretation on the history of the fort and the War of 1812, and insights into life of a garrison. Military, musket and artillery demonstrations; gun salute.

Fort Malden National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/malden/index.aspx), Amherstburg, ON, 30 minutes south of Windsor, ON: Tours and hands-on activities on military life, storytelling, musket demonstrations and other explorations; gun salute.

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/index.aspx), located on St. Joseph Island, 45 km south of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, and accessible by bridge from Highway 17 (Trans-Canada Highway).: Ghost Walk with 30 costumed staff and volunteers.

Fort Wellington National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/wellington/index.aspx), Prescott, ON: War of 1812 battle re-enactments, fireworks, mess dinner, moonlight movie and more; gun salute.

HMCS Haida National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/haida/index.aspx), Hamilton, ON: ship visits and explorations, artillery fire, gun salute.

Prince Edward Island

Port-la-Joye-Fort-Amherst National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/pe/amherst/index.aspx), located 15 km west of Charlottetown, PEI: Hiking, guided tours, interpretation programs.

Quebec

Artillery Park National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/artiller/index.aspx), Quebec City, QC: Musket firing demonstrations, tea; gun salute.

Fort Chambly National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/fortchambly/index.aspx), Chambly, QC: Celebration of the 300th anniversary of the construction of the current stone fort, flintlock musket firings, military encampment and demonstrations, interpreters in period costumes, collective fort building, family picnic and evening concert; gun salute.

Fort Lennox National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/lennox/index.aspx), Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, QC: American Revolution re-enactment; gun salute.

Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/temiscamingue/index.aspx), Duhamel-Ouest, QC: Closing festivities of the 325th anniversary of De Troyes' expedition to James Bay, special readings and more; gun salute.

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/fortifications/index.aspx), Quebec City, QC: Guided tours.

Lévis Forts National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/levis/index.aspx), Lévis, QC: Traditional military music concert, cannon firings, torchlight parade, pyromusical show, modern artillery and fireworks on Saturday, August 20.

Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/qc/saintlouisforts/index.aspx), Quebec City, QC: Archaeological site visits, guided tours, free access.

Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/ristigouche/index.aspx), Pointe-à-la-Croix, QC: Storytelling.

Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/chateauguay/index.aspx), Howick, QC: Archaeological days.

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/coteaudulac/index.aspx), Coteau-du-Lac, QC: Farmers market.

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/lachine/index.aspx), Lachine, QC: Archéo-Lachine expedition, large Rabaska canoe tour.

Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/saintmaurice/index.aspx), Trois-Rivières, QC: Tourtières, terrines and other fine fares tastings.

Saskatchewan

Fort Battleford National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/sk/battleford/index.aspx), Battleford, SK: gun salute.

Fort Walsh National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/sk/walsh/index.aspx), located 55 km southwest of Maple Creek, SK: Guided tours with costumed interpreters, fresh baking tasting, gun salute.

For more detailed information about each site's planned activities, please visit the Parks Canada Centennial website at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/celebrations/index.aspx... and each specific location's website.

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