|Parks and Protected Areas
Completing the national parks system
National park areas of interest
Canadas national parks system is 69 per cent complete.
In 1968 the federal government announced that it wanted to create 40 to 60 new national parks as part of a strategy to better protect Canadas environment. Canadians were calling for federal action to deal with a number of growing threats, such as pollution and loss of natural areas, and an expanded national parks system was part of the solution.
Parks Canada decided to use a scientific approach for identifying candidate national parks. The department divided Canada into 39 distinct natural regions and received a mandate to establish at least one national park in each of these regions. Each new national park is designed to capture the broad range of physical, biological and geographical themes that define its region.
date national parks are present in 27 of the 39 regions.
Park proposals in the remaining 12 regions of Canada
are at various stages of progress. In September 2002,
the Liberal government made a big step forward when
they promised to create 10 new national parks and expand
three existing parksas part of their five-year National
Parks Action Plan.
Learn more about the six steps involved in creating a new national park.