Celebrate Parks Day 2016 this weekend

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – If you are looking for something to do this weekend, celebrate Parks Day in the province.

Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event in which people visit Provincial parks as well as historic sights to “recognize the important role parks play in creating and maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, while also contributing to human health and well-being.”

Provincial parks will be hosting events all over BC. You can participate in scavenger hunts, try fishing through the provincial Learn to Fish Program, and discover wildlife on nature walks.

Mary Polak, the Minister Of Environment says our parks are one of a kind.

“Our world class provincial parks are treasured by all British Columbians. By continuing to invest in campground upgrades, visitor centres and other capital projects in BC Parks, we are enhancing the visitor experience and meeting the growing demand to help ensure our beautiful parks can be enjoyed by future generations.”

Quick Facts:

  • Canada’s first Parks Day was celebrated in 1990.
  • British Columbia has one of the biggest park systems and protected areas in North America.
  • Over 20 million people visit British Columbia’s 1,031 provincial parks each year
  • Parking is free in all provincial parks making them more accessible to families.
  • Accessibility is a priority for BC Parks in capital investment and refurbishment projects. This ensures that facilities continue to perform to expectations and meet the needs of the widest range of park visitors.

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