Parks Day (National parks, that is) tomorrow

Parks Day is an annual event put on across the country by Parks Canada. There are special events and fun activities going on in many locations across the country. Here is what’s up in our own back yard:

Banff National Park

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff

Parks Day Bioblitz in Lake Louise
Hey kids – Get to Know your park! Pick up a BioBlitz checklist at the Parks Canada Information Centre or join a Park interpreter and participate in a Lake Louise Scavenger Hunt. 1 – 4 pm

Parks Day in Banff
Parks Canada celebrates its national system which features 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and 4 national marine conservation areas. First celebrated in 1990, Canada’s Parks Day is an opportunity for Canadians to participate in unique and fun events taking place in Canada’s first national park. Activities are planned in the town of Banff.

Sanson Stroll
Sulphur Mountain at 9:30 am
Follow in the footsteps of Norman Bethune Sanson, naturalist and original curator of the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Sanson’s duties required him to conduct regular weather observation and on July 1, 1931 he made his one thousandth ascent to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. See the weather observatory built in 1903 and the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station NHS. Along the way, observe the plants, geological specimens and butterflies that Sanson avidly studied. Meet Parks Canada staff at the trailhead in the Upper Hot Springs parking lot at the top of Mountain Avenue in Banff. This moderately strenuous hike is 6 km to the peak with a 655 m elevation gain. Enjoy a free return ride down on the Banff Gondola. 2.5 hours round trip. Register at the Banff Visitor Centre.

Take a Kid Biking
Parks Canada will launch a new event on the Bow Valley Parkway. Adults can “Take a Kid Biking” and experience the joy of cycling in a mountain environment with family and friends.

Art in the Wolf’s Den
Indoor art class: Wolf’s Den Theatre, Tunnel Mountain Campground Village 2. Pre-registration is required at the Banff Visitor Centre, minimum one day prior. A maximum of 30 participants (those 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult – minimum age of 10). 9:30 – 11:30 am

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
July 22 – Dwayne Harty – Artist in Residence

Join internationally renowned artist Dwayne Harty at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, as Banff National Park’s inaugural artist-in-residence. Dwayne will be welcoming the public to join in on demonstrations and hands on workshops. Drop in for an informal chat for an Artist talk “Getting Up Close and Personal with Natural History Museums.” 1 – 2 pm

Jasper National Park

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/jasper

Day-long Parks Day activities include kids games, exhibits, music, guided walks, demonstrations and displays that celebrate the park and showcase some of the specialized work that goes into managing it. For full details visit the Friends of Jasper National Park website. Information Centre Lawn, 10 am to 5 pm

Waterton Lakes National Park

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/waterton

Afternoon Open House at Waterton starting at 1pm.
Discover activities, games and demonstrations highlighting visitor experience, resource conservation and ecological restoration. Enjoy a special performance of “It’s a Warden’s Life in Song and Poetry.” Try the GeoFreakZ GeoTrails geocaching challenge!

Kootenay National Park

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/kootenay

Parks Day Bioblitz
Get to Know your park! Pick up a BioBlitz Checklist at the Information Centre or at the Interpretive BioBlitz Station that will be set up at Radium Hot Springs Pools from 1-4 pm.

Theatre Programs
8 p.m. MDT
The Wildlife of Kootenay
Bighorns, wolves, cougars and more! Sit back, relax and join us for an interactive theatrical performance. Theatre programs take place at the Redstreak Campground Theatre.

Yoho National Park

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/yoho

Parks Day Bioblitz
Get to Know your park! Pick up a BioBlitz Checklist at the Information Centre or at the Interpretive BioBlitz Station that will be set up at Emerald Lake from 1-4 pm.

Theatre Programs
8 p.m. MDT
The Bear Facts
Watch bears in action and learn how to keep both bears and people safe. Sit back, relax and join us for an interactive theatrical performance. Theatre programs take place at the Kicking Horse Campground Theatre.

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