WHAT’S NEW AT PARKS CANADA IN 2017

2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY BARB & RON KROLL

Do you like presents? To cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion, Canada is giv­ing you a fan­tas­tic gift! In 2017, you’ll en­joy free ad­mis­sion to all Parks Canada na­tional his­toric sites, na­tional parks and na­tional marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, in­clud­ing lock­age on his­toric canals.

PIC­NIC AND CAMP­FIRE PRO­GRAMS

Food al­ways tastes bet­ter al­fresco by pic­turesque lakes, water­falls, beaches and forested hills. Many na­tional parks and na­tional his­toric sites of­fer pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties with panoramic views (www.parkscanada. gc.ca/sault; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ gul­fis­lands; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ gros­seile).

Nova Sco­tia’s Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park has a new May-to-Oc­to­ber pro­gram with 10 pic­nic ar­eas and sev­eral menu op­tions. Sim­ply place your or­der for sand­wiches, fruit, cheese, dessert and bot­tled wa­ter at Keltic Lodge in In­go­nish or Har­bour Res­tau­rant in Chéti­camp. Pick up your pic­nic and en­joy it at scenic spots such as Mary Ann Falls or Mid­dle Head, where you’re sur­rounded by ocean on three sides. You can even buy a sou­venir pic­nic bas­ket and blan­ket (www.parkscanada.gc. ca/cape­bre­ton).

Few fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties are more fun than sit­ting around a glow­ing camp­fire while lis­ten­ing to sto­ry­tellers, singing songs and roast­ing marsh­mal­lows or s’mores. Check out these camp­fire pro­grams: (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/mauricie; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/kouch­i­bouguac; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ter­ra­nova; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pei).

100TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITES

Parks Canada ad­min­is­ters more than 170 of nearly 1,000 di­verse places where you can walk in the foot­steps of his­tory, in­ter­act with char­ac­ters from the past and ex­pe­ri­ence

Canada’s unique­ness. The old­est of these na­tional his­toric sites, Fort Anne, was es­tab­lished in Nova Sco­tia 100 years ago.

With free ad­mis­sion in 2017, you can si­mul­ta­ne­ously cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day and the na­tional his­toric sites’ cen­ten­nial with spe­cial pro­grams that bring to life sto­ries, peo­ple and events from Canada’s his­tory (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ for­t­anne; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/cartier; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/lau­rier; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/chilkoot; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/baru; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/hawthornecot­tage; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rod­dhill).

INDIGE­NOUS PRO­GRAMS

Canada’s Indige­nous Peo­ples have deep, long-term con­nec­tions to na­tion­ally pro­tected ar­eas. At sev­eral Parks Canada places, you can learn about First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis cul­ture on guided walks and Indige­nous in­ter­pre­tive pro­grams which show you how to bake ban­nock, weave and iden­tify birds, whales and plants.

An ex­am­ple? Lis­ten to Haida songs and sto­ries and join fun, free and fam­ily-friendly hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties such as iden­ti­fy­ing bar­na­cles and shore­line crea­tures at Bri­tish Co­lum­bia’s Gwaii Haanas Na­tional Park Re­serve, Na­tional Marine Con­ser­va­tion Area Re­serve and Haida Her­itage Site. Dur­ing hikes with Gwaii Haanas in­ter­preters, dis­cover how the Haida har­vested plants and trees to ob­tain chew­ing gum, sun block and baby di­a­pers (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gwai­ihaanas).

BIOBLITZ

Do you want to be a cit­i­zen sci­en­tist? Team up with Parks Canada ecol­o­gists and field nat­u­ral­ists to iden­tify and count birds, but­ter­flies, wild­flow­ers, plants, an­i­mals, bum­ble­bees and other crit­ters. Snap pho­tos with your mo­bile de­vices or record sounds and up­load your ob­ser­va­tions to the iNat­u­ral­ist.ca app. Pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pants have recorded new types of mush­rooms, plants and bats. What bio­di­ver­sity will you and your fam­ily dis­cover? (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gul­fis­lands; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fundy; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/cham­bly­canal; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/su­pe­rior; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/wood­buf­falo; www.parkscanada.gc.ca/waterton).

With free sesqui­cen­ten­nial ad­mis­sion, 2017 is the year to ex­pe­ri­ence more than 200 Parks Canada spe­cial places from coast-to­coast.

More in­for­ma­tion

For more in­for­ma­tion about na­tional parks and his­toric sites: www.parkscanada.gc.ca; 1-888-773-8888.

GWAII HAANAS NA­TIONAL PARK RE­SERVE, BC • PARKS CANADA

PA­CIFIC RIM NA­TIONAL PARK RE­SERVE, BC • PARKS CANADA/SCOTT MUNN

PUKASKWA NA­TIONAL PARK, ON • PARKS CANADA/WILLY WATERTON

PUR­PLE SAXIFRAGE, AULAVIK NA­TIONAL PARK, NT • PARKS CANADA/WAYNE LYNCH

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