Parks Canada

Parks Canada

June 30, 2011 17:09 ET

Parks Canada Celebrates Canada Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 30, 2011) - In celebration of its 100 years of service to Canadians, Parks Canada is celebrating Canada Day by offering free admission to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.

This year represents a historic milestone for Parks Canada as the first national park service in the world. Throughout 2011, celebrations will highlight a century of world leadership in conservation, education and visitor experience programs. The Agency is especially pleased to have received WWF-International's prestigious Gift to the Earth award for outstanding conservation achievements of global importance.

On July 1st, as well as waiving entrance fees across the country, many Parks Canada places will be hosting citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians. Parks Canada is delighted to host these ceremonies that bring new Canadians closer to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Canada and give them a chance to experience firsthand some of our special national icons.

Come celebrate with Parks Canada in the Nation's Capital at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, QC from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a day filled with activities related to our centennial. Dress up like a Viking from l'Anse aux Meadows or take part in fun kids activities like colouring, face painting, collecting centennial souvenirs and getting a temporary beaver tattoo. Meet Parka, the new mascot, join the "Where is Parka?" scavenger hunt, and finish your day with a live concert featuring the National Parks Project, a truly unique experience inspired by magnificent Parks Canada places throughout the country. Special performances by Parks Canada drummers will also take place as part of the noon and evening shows on Parliament Hill.

With free entry, special events and a chance to explore your national heritage, Canada Day with Parks Canada is sure to be a highlight of the summer.

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