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Parks Canada

July 05, 2011 10:18 ET

Minister Peter Kent Celebrates Parks Canada's 100th Anniversary and Parks Day in the Heart of Toronto

An exceptional event Torontonians won't want to miss

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2011) - On Saturday, July 16, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada will take part in Parks Day celebrations in Toronto attending a series of free performances and concerts on Centre Island. The 2011 program of activities for Parks Days is more exciting than ever to mark the 100th birthday of Parks Canada, established in 1911 as the Dominion Parks Branch.

Starting at noon, Torontonians are invited to meet Parks Canada staff to plan their next vacation and learn how best to enjoy Parks Canada's network of special places while families are invited to participate in fun activities such as face painting and colouring, and the critters' corner with live reptiles, learn how to spot beavers, snakes or reptiles in the wild, how to row, discover how a canal works, learn about wet lands or even learn how to be an active Twitter user!

At 4 p.m., the Parks Canada stage will welcome Toronto rockers Skydiggers, followed by Serena Ryder, from Toronto, and Sarah Harmer, from Burlington, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada and Parks Day in songs and music.

Parks Canada was the world's first national park and national historic site service and, ever since, has been a world leader in protecting and preserving natural and historic treasures. The Parks Canada centennial provides a unique opportunity to reach young people from Canada's major urban centres and help them connect with the true essence of Canada. Parks Canada wishes to thank the national partners involved in its centennial celebrations: Fairmont Hotels, the Royal Canadian Mint, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada Post and VIA Rail.

For more information on these activities, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca, under Media Room.

Follow Parks Canada's centennial celebrations on Twitter, using #pc100.

Note for media representatives: Parks Canada representatives will be available on site for interviews throughout the day.

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