In celebration of Canada’s Parks Day on July 20, 2013, Manitoba Provincial Parks will be free this weekend.
“Thousands of people mark Canada’s Parks Day every year by taking part in fun, educational, family-orientated events in parks and historic sites across the country,” said Mackintosh. “To help families celebrate, entry to all provincial parks will be free this weekend and a number of interesting events will be held in parks around the province.”
What is it?
First celebrated in 1990, Canada’s Parks Day is an opportunity for Canadians to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place in parks and sites from coast to coast to coast.
When is it?
Canada’s Parks Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of July, each year.
Where is it?
Events are organized in national parks, national historic sites, provincial parks, territorial parks and in community and regional parks across Canada.
What types of events are offered?
Park agencies often choose Canada’s Parks Day to open new parks or facilities, such as visitor centres, launch new services or celebrate anniversaries.
Park staff and community volunteers, such as “friends of” organizations and naturalists clubs, work together to offer special programs such as:
- Campfires with interpretation, songs and skits,
- Art displays by Canadian artists,
- Nature walks, canoe tours and rafting trips,
- Kite making workshops,
- Lumberjack competitions and demonstrations,
- Wildflower walks,
- Water-themed activities,
- Eco-challenge hikes,
- Traditional Aboriginal food, crafts, music and story-telling,
- Historical demonstrations such as rope making, cooking, candle-making and Morse Code, to name just a few!
More information about Canada’s Parks Day celebrations is available at www.parksday.ca.