Canada Parks Day July 19

Image of Canadian National ParkTomorrow is Canada Parks Day! Hundreds of events are taking place in national parks, provincial parks and historic sites across the country, from campfire sing-a-longs to lumberjack demos. According to the official Parks Day Web site, nearly 50,000 people took part in more than 300 Parks Day events last year.

Here’s what I’m doing on Parks Day:
1. I’m taking my wife and daughter out for a walk in Gatineau Park, just outside of Ottawa. We’ll hike some of the trails, and perhaps take another tour of Mackenzie King’s estate. It’s been a while since we did that.
3. I’m asking everyone I know to sign Nature Canada’s petition in support of completing Canada’s national parks system.
4. In the United States, the whole month of July is National Park and Recreation Month — so I’ll be wishing my friends in Philadephia and Seattle a good time.
5. I’m going to feel good about some of the important conservation successes made this past year, such as:
    • Interim protection to 1.8 million acres of wilderness in the Northwest Territories, an important step toward establishing a national park larger than Banff.


  • Interim protection to the Ramparts River and Wetlands complex, which is slated to become Canada’s next national wildlife area, and the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, scheduled to become a new national park.



  • the creation of a new national marine conservation area, on the northern shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater conservation area in the world.