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June 27, 2011 12:15 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Parks Canada's Centennial in Calgary

Lougheed House (Beaulieu National Historic Site) showcases 100 years of icons, symbols and stories

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 27, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, today launched Parks Canada's 100th anniversary in Calgary at Lougheed House (Beaulieu National Historic Site). The event showcased national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada and specifically those in Calgary and surrounding area, and profiled Parks Canada centennial events taking place all year.

"Parks Canada's centennial offers a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to discover and rediscover some of the best that our country has to offer," said Mr. Richardson. "I encourage Calgarians to join in the celebrations of the centennial of Parks Canada, the world's first national parks service!"

Mr. Richardson also unveiled Parks Canada's corporate float and horse drawn wagon that will be featured in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8 – a first for Parks Canada. The Calgary Stampede Parade will also feature Parks Canada's award-winning theatre troupe, Mountain WIT, performing in the streets and Parks Canada's mounted colour party, which has participated in the parade for over 20 years. In addition, Parks Canada's new mascot, Parka, will be visiting the BMO Centre throughout Stampede week and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site's famous percheron horses will be located in the Stampede's Draft Horse Town.

"Parks Canada's centennial is a reason for all Canadians to be proud," said Minister Kent. "Centennial activities in our cities, national parks and historic sites are an incredible opportunity to have fun, learn more about Canada's treasured places, and make some lasting memories."

In 2011, Canada celebrates Parks Canada's 100 years of leadership in conservation. Established in 1911 as the Dominion Parks Branch, Parks Canada was the world's first national service dedicated to parks and ever since has been a world leader in protecting and presenting treasured natural and historic places. This dedication to protecting Canada's natural wonders has been notices around the globe and as earned Parks Canada the Gift to the Earth award, WWF-International's highest accolade for conservation work of outstanding global merit.

Parks Canada spans the nation, working to ensure that Canada's natural and historic treasures are protected and presented for the enjoyment, education and benefit of all Canadians, today and in the future, offering them the opportunity for personal moments of inspiring discovery.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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