How Will You Celebrate Parks?

Parks Day is a national celebration of Canada’s amazing natural and historic places from coast to coast to coast. It is held each year on the third Saturday of July – this year on July 20. Bring your family, bring your friends and enjoy all that Canada has to offer on Parks Day!

Here are just a few of the events we would love to attend this weekend:

Prince Edward Island National Park

The Great Island Sandcastle Competition

What better way to celebrate Parks than on the beach? Pack up your gear and head to Brackley Beach - remember to bring your pail and shovel! Individuals, teams and families will compete to build creative and sensational sculptures in the sand. You could be crowned this year’s sandcastle champion!

Details: July 20, 2013 at Brackley Beach


Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site


This special event is created for youth, by youth. Spend the evening participating in workshops with artists, watching an outdoor film, and taking in a rap performance by Webster.

Details: July 20, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (rain date, July 21)


Point Pelee National Park

Paddle Weekend

Become a voyageur and go for a paddle in a 20-passenger Montreal canoe. Members of the Windsor-Essex County Canoe club will be on hand to teach you the basics of paddling through the Marsh.

Details: July 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign up on-site the day of the event. Guided tour and activities are also taking place during the whole weekend.


Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Old-fashioned Picnic

Make a kite and enjoy free ice cream from Saturna Parks and Recreation as you relax with your family at this perfect picnic site. The afternoon will even feature an update from an interpreter for Orca News 2013!

Details: July 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at East Point, Saturna Island


Can’t make it to one of these events? There are fun activities happening at Parks Canada places across the country. Start planning your Parks Day adventure today!

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