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Parks Canada

July 17, 2009 10:44 ET

Environment Minister Jim Prentice Invites Canadians to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Canada's Parks Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice is inviting Canadians to visit a national park, national historic site, or national marine conservation area this summer and to celebrate Canada's Parks Day on Saturday, July 18.

"As Canadians, we are truly blessed with some of the world's most outstanding national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas, and Parks Day is a perfect opportunity to experience all the wonders these sites have to offer," said Minister Prentice. "These national treasures connect us to our historic and natural heritage. I encourage all Canadians to come out and take advantage of Parks Day to experience these magnificent places."

The Government of Canada recognizes the important contribution tourism makes to the Canadian economy and, as such, was targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Government set aside $75 million for improvements to visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national historic sites during the same time period. The Budget also provided $130 million to complete the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. Earlier this year, the Government announced a two-year fee freeze at national parks and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites.

"This has been a terrific year for Canadians and their natural heritage," added Minister Prentice. "In addition to major investments through our Economic Action Plan, we have permanently protected through legislation a massive expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada. This was the greatest conservation achievement in a generation. In addition, we declared new wilderness areas in Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Fundy National Park of Canada, Vuntut National Park of Canada, and the Nahanni. We have also taken steps to permanently protect Saoyu and AEehdacho National Historic Site of Canada on the shores of Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories."

Through a network of 42 National Parks, 162 National Historic Sites, and three National Marine Conservation Areas, Parks Canada invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places. For more information about Parks Canada and its national sites, please visit For information on Parks Day events in your community, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Bill Rodgers
    Director of Communications
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    819 994-3023