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July 05, 2011 10:00 ET

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada

Official Guidebook for Parks Canada's 100th Anniversary

BADDECK, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 5, 2011) - To mark Parks Canada's 100th anniversary as the world's first national park service, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada today announced the first ever collaboration between National Geographic and Parks Canada to publish an official guide showcasing Canada's 42 national parks and four national marine conservation areas.

"I am delighted to see Canada's natural wonders presented by National Geographic in this unique guidebook featuring our national parks and national marine conservation areas", said Minister Kent. "From cover to cover, this superb guidebook illustrates their awe-inspiring beauty – an especially fitting tribute as we celebrate our centennial."

"We are pleased to publish this handy and practical resource for visitors to Canada's natural treasures", said National Geographic's Barbara Brownell Grogan, Vice President and Editor in Chief of National Geographic Books. "We feel that this must-have guidebook for nature lovers, and especially for fans of Canada's national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites, is a magnificent way to contribute to celebrating Parks Canada's centennial."

The extensively illustrated volume offers comprehensive information on Canada's vast network of national parks, marine conservation areas and also highlights historic sites close to national parks. Written by Canadian authors, the book contains an overview of each site including a portrait of its natural wonders, history, ecological setting and challenges.

"In the stellar National Geographic tradition, this guidebook has captured the wow factor of our national parks and marine conservation areas in print", said Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle. "It will undoubtedly make these special places better known at home and around the world."

Parks Canada works 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. As Parks Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary, it has been recognized globally for its conservation achievements through the WWF Gift to the Earth Award.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the Society's mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and a wide variety of other media.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounders at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room and visit National Geographic's website at www.nationalgeographic.com. July is the National Parks Theme Month of Parks Canada's centennial year.

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