May 19, 2011 is the 100th birthday of the establishment of Parks Canada – the world’s first national park service. Parks Canada now manages one of the most extensive networks of protected national heritage places in the world, a growing collection of 167 national historic sites, 42 national parks and 4 national marine conservation areas.
The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team would like to acknowledge the contributions that Parks Canada has made to species at risk recovery, especially in Garry Oak ecosystems. GOERT announced a four year contribution agreement with Parks Canada Agency at our Annual General Meeting in October 2010. This agreement provides a total of $852,500 over four years to support our work to protect and restore habitat for species at risk.
To commemorate Parks Canada’s 100th birthday, a series of events throughout the Centennial year have been planned to celebrate with Canadians the country’s impressive family of national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites.
Special events of interest
• On Canada Day (July 1) and Parks Day (July 16), Parks Canada will offer visitors the chance to enter its places across the country for free.
• Exciting programs for children and youth, including: a continuation of the My Parks Pass, an annual pass for Grade 8/secondaire 2 students, giving them free access to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada; Operation Unplugged, a joint broadcast and web venture that will provide opportunities for eight urban youth to trade their “techno-dependent” lifestyles for a summer “unplugged” in Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas where they will compete in challenges under the guidance of a host and Parks Canada staff; a new Xplorers program to give young visitors the chance to have fun while discovering Canada’s treasured places, a renewed Parks Canada mascot and much more.
• Fascinating HD documentaries, including The National Parks Project on Discovery Canada, season two of A Park for All Seasons on Oasis HD and the pilot of a new series on national historic sites on Treasure HD, offering Canadians behind the scenes visits like never before.
• Special issues of magazines to commemorate the centennial, including Canadian Geographic.
• Special “learn to camp” programs across the country and brand new accommodations offerings in national parks.
For more information, visit Parks Canada online, or follow Parks Canada on Twitter at @parkscanada or on Facebook.