Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 11, 2011 06:00 ET

Parks Canada's 100th Birthday Party Transforms Downtown Vancouver Into a Portal to Canada's Protected Places

Celebrations include artist K'Naan and Olympic Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - On Parks Day, July 16th, Parks Canada will be celebrating its 100th birthday with a major event at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, including a free evening concert with rap artist K'Naan, and family activities throughout the afternoon designed to give urbanites a taste of Canada's wilderness and heritage.

With an increasing number of Canadians living in urban centres, fewer Canadians are in touch with their national parks and historic sites. The downtown celebration is an opportunity for more Vancouverites to experience Canada's incredible protected places and hone outdoor skills like camping, hiking, surfing and climbing without leaving the city.

The celebrations will kick off at noon with free family activities delivered in partnership with BC Parks, also celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Vancouverites can drop by the Parks Canada Visitor Centre, meet historic characters and park rangers, play in the Kids Zone with mascots Parka the Beaver and Jerry the Moose, meet Olympic Gold Medalist and park enthusiast Maelle Ricker, sing and dance with Beaver Tales Theatre, and enjoy free birthday cake.

At 4pm, the celebrations will take a musical turn, with a free concert featuring Saskatoon's rock band, the Sheepdogs, Virgin Radio's "Best of BC" artist Kate Morgan, and Juno-award winning rap artist K'Naan.

The celebrations will coincide with similar Parks Day celebrations across Canada, including major events in Toronto and Montreal.

Established in 1911, Parks Canada is the world's oldest national park system. Today, Parks Canada manages 167 national historic sites including Fort Langley National Historic Site, 42 national parks including Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and 4 national marine conservation areas. It is one of the most extensive networks of protected national heritage places in the world.

For more information visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/vancouver

Contact Information

  • Laura Judson
    Public Relations and Communications Officer
    Coastal BC Field Unit
    Parks Canada
    250-654-4086
    Cell: 250-818-2509