Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day on Saturday, July 17!

First celebrated in 1990, Canada’s Parks Day is a national event, showcasing parks and historic sites in every province and territory in Canada. From Vancouver Island in the West, to Baffin Island in the North and Newfoundland and Labrador in the East, nearly 50,000 people take park in more than 300 Parks Day events annually!

Ontario Parks staff, National Parks staff, “Friends of” organizations, naturalist clubs and community volunteers all work together to offer special events such as:
• campfires with songs and skits
• nature walks
• lumberjack competitions
• traditional Aboriginal food, crafts, music and story-telling
• historical demonstrations such as rope making, cooking, and candle-making

This year is the International Year of Biodiversity as declared by the United Nations. The Canadian Parks Council has adopted this as the 2010 Canada Park’s Day theme. Many events planned on this day will highlight the important role that all parks play in maintaining healthy and diverse ecosystems of biodiversity. For a complete listing of events visit www.parksday.ca