Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 07, 2008 08:00 ET

Parks Canada Tests GPS Technology in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - Hikers can get a taste of technology on the trails at two Parks Canada sites this summer when they try out cutting-edge, multimedia GPS devices aimed at enhancing their learning and overall experience.

These new handheld, location-based devices, called Explora, are being piloted at Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada, in Nova Scotia. As visitors hike with Explora they will be able to see their location on a map and interact with location-related text, images, sound, video and quizzes.

"I'm very excited about the potential that the application of GPS technology brings to visitors of Canada's national parks and national historic sites," said Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada's Chief Executive Officer. "These pilot projects are among the first of their kind in North America. We feel that this innovative technology will appeal to our existing visitors and will attract new audiences, especially young, technologically savvy Canadians."

From July 8 to September 15, visitors to Signal Hill National Historic Site will use Explora to discover the historical and natural landscapes of two spectacular coastal trails, the North Head Trail and the Burma Road to Ladies' Lookout Trail.

Between July 14 and September 15, visitors will be able to use Explora at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to learn about the flora and fauna of the popular Beech Grove Trail and the Mi'kmaq relationship with the landscape.

This pilot project will be evaluated throughout the summer to assess its potential for enhancing visitor experience and learning. The results of this evaluation will inform the future use of location-based technology at Parks Canada.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Parks Canada is the 2007 recipient of the Business of the Year award, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Joanne Huppe, Media Relations
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    819-953-8699 / 613-799-6269