Most Parks Canada locations to open this weekend!
OTTAWA, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's
Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada today
launched the 2013 Parks Canada vacation season which opens this coming
weekend in most Parks Canada locations, offering visitors amazing
opportunities to discover Canada's treasured natural and cultural
places at their best.
"This year, exciting new projects like Parks Canada's collaboration with
Google Street View are being spearheaded across the country and are
helping create a stronger connection between Canadians and their
treasured places - and Canadians are taking notice - as pre-season
online reservations for Parks Canada are up by 35% compared to this
time last year," said Minister Kent. "Plan your trip now to experience
the wonders of nature in Canada or learn first-hand about our country's
Parks Canada has made significant efforts to proactively engage
Canadians through exciting new opportunities like oTENTik tents, which
have been installed in a number of national parks across the country,
and the now expanded Learn-to-Camp program. Activities like these will
introduce camping to families as well as help those who remember the
camping experiences of their youth but no longer own the equipment.
As well, Parks Canada is committed to the preservation and protection of
Canada's natural environment and is a world leader in conservation. As
such, Parks Canada is embarking on this country's most aggressive
ecological restoration program ever and Canadians will have a chance to
not only learn about the work being done to protect our treasured
places; they can take part in some of these projects as well.
The Government of Canada also believes strongly in the importance of
promoting and celebrating Canada's history. For example, this year
Parks Canada will celebrate, through new and exciting visitor programs,
the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg at the Fortress of Louisbourg
National Historic Site, and through efforts to promote Louisbourg300
celebrations in other locations around the country. Canadians can also
rediscover the renovated Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff
- the birthplace of Canada's national parks.
"Canada's national parks and national historic sites are the cornerstone
of the tourism sector in Canada, and offer countless community and
economic benefits," added Minister Kent. "It is vitally important to
continue supporting these special places, and this year our Government
will be investing over $100 million into their infrastructure, through
the Parks Canada budget, in every province and territory across the
To find out more about how you can experience Canada's national heritage
places this season, visit the Parks Canada website (www.pc.gc.ca). You can also visit our new online reservation system to book your
next visit at www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Media Relations Parks Canada