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November 29, 2010 11:00 ET

Parks Canada and Canopy Team Up to Compile a Breathtaking Book Showcasing Canada's National Parks-A Perfect Holiday Gift

Canada's finest photographers celebrate Canada's finest landscapes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) -

Editors note: A photo is included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

Canada's Environment Minister John Baird and Canopy's Executive Director Nicole Rycroft today launched a beautiful commemorative book marking the 125th anniversary of national parks in Canada, Canada's National Parks: A Celebration. The large format 256-page hardcover showcases outstanding landscape photography of each of Canada's national parks – all 42 of them.

"This book celebrates our most treasured places and brings spectacular photos of these places into Canadian homes," said Minister Baird. "Through this book, Canadians will discover the magnificence of Canadian national parks; others will re-live moments of awe and inspiration they experienced during their stays."

"To respect the stunning wild landscapes illustrated in Celebrating Canada's National Parks and to facilitate the conservation of other rich ecosystems, this book is printed on environmentally friendly, 100% post-consumer recycled paper," said Canopy's Rycroft. "We hope this book inspires people to work to conserve more of this magnificent land's ecological richness for future generations – with a great national parks system as the backbone."

Canada's National Parks: A Celebration marks the 125th anniversary of national parks in Canada and the upcoming 2011 centennial of Parks Canada as the world's first national parks service. The colourful book captures the essence of the Canadian landscape, and brings together in one volume the work of some of the country's most respected contemporary photographers, accompanied by locator maps and concise descriptions for each park and some memorable historic images of park visitors over the last century. 

This project also represents a unique partnership between Parks Canada and the leading environmental publishing advocates Canopy, who teamed up together to produce this superb example of environmentally responsible publishing by printing on papers that are 100% free of fibre from endangered forests.

"This commemorative book is a celebration of our national parks, which inspire us and move us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually," said Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle. "Our parks are not just ecological landscapes; they are part and parcel of our Canadian existence. Each of our national parks is part of Canada's collective soul, and a part of our nation's promise to future generations."

"We are delighted to be featuring this gorgeous new Canadian book in our stores in time for the holiday giving season," said Joel Silver, President, Indigo Books and Music Inc. "Printed in Canada on recycled paper, it is an outstanding value and gentle on the planet as well." 

Canada's National Parks: A Celebration retails for $29.95 and is available at Indigo/Chapters/Coles, Archambault and other bookseller locations throughout Canada, and can be ordered online. The first printing of the book also includes a detachable coupon that can be redeemed for a free family day pass at any Parks Canada national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area.

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

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