Canada's Parks Day

Today is Canada's Parks Day - a celebration of the many National Parks and Historic sites across the country.  Did you know that Parks Canada was the world's first national parks service? I didn't! We are headed to Fundy National Park with the little guys for a hike (pure coincidence, but what the heck).  I don't think we will have time to learn Sarah Harmer's new campfire song "Park Song" written in collaboration with the CBC to honour Parks Day, but you can listen to it (it is lovely, as all Sarah Harmer songs are) and download the sheet music for it on the CBC website.  They are also having a contest where you could win a year's pass (for you and up to seven friends) to any of our National Parks.  I hope you get a chance to visit one of our incredible national parks this year!  Do you have a favourite?

Here is some more information from the Parks Canada website:
National parks are among Canada's - and the world's - natural jewels. They represent the power of Canada's natural environment -- a compelling force -- which has shaped not only the geography of this country, but also the course of its history and the experiences of the people who live and travel here.
National parks are established to protect and present outstanding representative examples of natural landscapes and natural phenomena that occur in Canada's 39 natural regions, as identified in the National Parks System Plan. These wild places, located in every province and territory, range from mountains and plains, to boreal forests and tundra, to lakes and glaciers, and much more. National parks protect the habitats, wildlife and ecosystem diversity representative of - and sometime unique to - the natural regions.
National parks are located on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts, across the interior mountains and plains and Great Lakes, reaching as far north and south as Canada goes. They range in size from just under 9 km2 (St Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada) to almost 45,000 km2(Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada). And they include world-renowned names such as Banff and Jasper, as well as more recently established Ivvavik and Vuntut.
Source - images are all of Fundy National Park
Here is a wonderful article by the Globe and Mail's Ian Brown on his trip to the Bay of Fundy, it is a great read.  And surprisingly I do not work for NB tourism, but here is the website in case you want to plan a trip or something... :)

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