Plan your Thanksgiving weekend outing to one of our national parks and historic sites. Turkey? Check. Pull-out sofa set-up for Uncle Guy? Check. Your favourite Canadian wine stocked for the weekend? Check. Double check. All that's left is to organize a day trip or outing for the family. That's where we turn to the smart folks at Parks Canada, who've produced a mini directory of events and experiences at Canada's National Parks and National Historic sites for Thanksgiving. Here are our top picks for Thanksgiving weekend: 1. Geo-caching scavenger hunt in Grasslands National Park, Mankota, Saskatchewan Everyone will have a blast using the GPS to find hidden caches in Grasslands National Park, and you get to explore the beautiful park at the same time. (Don't worry if you don't own a GPS. Just rent one at the Visitor Centre.) 2. Riding Mountain National Park, Wasagaming, Manitoba: fall foliage, wild animals and the "Call of the Wild" car caravan Don't miss your last chance to join the " Call of the Wild" car caravan throughout the park at the height of fall foliage as the animals prepare for breeding season. Best to pre-register. 3. Cranberry Festival - plus scavenger hunt - at Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley, B.C. The Cranberry Festival is a great way to learn about the history of cranberries in the Aboriginal community, plus there will be more than 100 vendors in the village. 4. Hike in La Mauricie National Park, Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, Quebec I've had the pleasure of winter camping in Parc La Mauricie and it's a must on any Canadian's bucket list. The fall colours in Quebec are astounding, and an outing to Parc La Maurice is perfect for a Thanksgiving day trip. 5. Cycling the Gulf Shore Way, Prince Edward Island National Park.
(All photos courtesy of Parks Canada)Looking to burn off some of those Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie calories? Cycling this particular path along the Gulf Shore promises great exercise and amazing scenery. Sand dunes, beaches and sandstone cliffs make for excellent Instagram moments. Check out Park Canada's directory for a Thanksgiving outing near you.