100 Years of Parks Canada (giveaway)

I love this beautiful province and everything it has to offer. And a few of the most beautiful places in BC (and Canada) are operated by Parks Canada. You may remember for example the lovely Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston (I blogged about it here) and Fort Langley in Langley (I blogged about it here). Both are operated by Parks Canada.

To celebrate the 100 years of Parks Canada, I currently have a Family Discovery Pass to give away. This pass gives full and free access to all National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites in Canada for a year for a family.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historical Site

Here’s a summary of the history and scope of Parks Canada’s work to preserve our natural beauty and remember our history:

In 1911, Canada showed foresight and leadership in becoming the first country in the world to establish a national service entirely dedicated to parks. One hundred years ago, few Canadians realized the impact of this decision, but they soon would come to know the iconic places that were held in trust for them, places such as Banff and the Fortifications of Québec, that would become world renowned symbols of Canada.

Today, as we embark on a second century of caring for our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, Parks Canada manages an impressive network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas. These fascinating places protect what is fragile but vital: the unique, unrivalled and irreplaceable places where Canadians can connect to their heritage and the wildlife, landscapes and waters that represent the very essence of Canada.

Sunset in Steveston outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery whose Twitter I forgot :)

To enter my giveaway, comment on this post with one Parks Canada park or historic site that you would like to visit. For an extra entry, tweet the following:

I told @hummingbird604 about a @ParksCanada site I’d like to visit for a chance to win a Family Pass http://is.gd/hrO4ye What about you?

I will draw a winner on Wednesday August 31st at 2pm, so check your tweets and email (or also check back on this post). I will count a comment AND a tweet as 2 entries, a tweet as one entry and a comment as one entry (for a total of 2 entries maximum). Looking forward to reading your comments!

Related posts:

  1. National Canada’s Parks Day (July 16th)
  2. Free access on Canada day for all @ParksCanada parks and historic sites
  3. National Ballet of Canada on tour (giveaway)
  4. Industrial parks in Richmond, BC
  5. National Canada’s Parks Day (July 17th)

Comments (38)

P DjwaAugust 17th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

My favourite is Gwaii Haanas in Haida Gwaii!

Alison RichardsAugust 17th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Back in the 80′s I hiked the West Coast Trail 3 times. Once by myself (my sister-in-law backed out last minute with bad back), second time with my boyfriend and the third time was with him and my 3 children. Each experience was life changing… 1.)my strength realized at accomplishing the feat solo 2.) sharing that with the man I loved 3.) bonding as a family through meeting a challenge by cooperating as a team.

I’d love to hike that trail again, although I doubt I’d make it without considerable training and preparation. (Good lord I am getting old!)

If you’ve never experienced the rugged unspoiled beauty of the West Coast on Vancouver Island I highly recommend the trip. Whale watching season is hitting its peak spotting this time of year through late September.

more on the West Coast Trail backpacking experience http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/ii.aspx

DanaAugust 17th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Visiting Gwaii Haanas is on my bucket list!

livAugust 17th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

i’ve always wanted to do the westcoast trail but of course long beach at pacific rim park is one of my all time faves.

Michael KwanAugust 17th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Cape Breton Highlands sounds interesting, but I’d love to visit anywhere in the Maritimes, really.

Lori (Vancouver BC Host)August 17th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Emerld Lake in Yoho National Park

MelanieAugust 17th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland, is on my must do list.

CarolineAugust 17th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I’ve been dying to get up to Nahanni Park

bina edwardsAugust 18th, 2011 at 9:37 am

http://twitter.com/#!/PANASYNCOLTEN/status/104245493596565504 batoche I’ve never been , and might even go to the other three sites in our province

FionaAugust 18th, 2011 at 11:23 am

Waterton Lakes! I’ve always wanted to do a canoe trip through there :)

SanazAugust 18th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Jasper National Park is on my list

RebeccaAugust 18th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I’d also like to go to Jasper.

SueAugust 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am

Banff & Jasper!!!

TeresaAugust 19th, 2011 at 8:47 am


C WhiteAugust 19th, 2011 at 8:55 am

I would love to visit Fundy National park and see the amazing high and low tides.

DeidreAugust 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Gwaii Haanasbecause of its spectacular!

bina edwardsAugust 19th, 2011 at 10:00 am

if jasper wasn’t an 11 hr ride away from me, I’d say Jasper too LOL

David DAugust 19th, 2011 at 11:31 am

Jasper national park is also on my hit list! :)

TanyaAugust 19th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I would love to explore Banff!

Michael BAugust 19th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Jasper would be nice, never been! Thanks!

ChrisAugust 20th, 2011 at 10:07 am

Mount Revelstoke National Park in BC!!

Flashlight75August 20th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Trent-Severn Waterway! 386 kilometres of lakes, rivers and canals through the heart of Ontario!

Jeremy LiaoAugust 20th, 2011 at 9:14 pm


AlexAugust 25th, 2011 at 2:32 am

Want to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site one day

VinceAugust 25th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I would like to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve as well!

jean chasseAugust 26th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

jasper national park would be awesome, I still dream the day that that I can open my trailer door and view a mountain range with a blue watered lake below.

jeanAugust 26th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Jasper national park would be awesome, I still dream the day that that I can open my trailer door and view a mountain range with a blue water lake below.

Que BanhAugust 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I would love to see the bull muskoxen in Aulavik National Park. I have never been.

Stewart RogersAugust 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

We are keen to visit Glacier National Park.

HaroldAugust 27th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Nahanii National Park is tops on my list.

ErikAugust 28th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Pacific Rim

Sam RookAugust 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

My girlfriend and I just returned from Forillon NP and Saguenay-St. Lawrence NMCA. We love the parks and think Parks Can has done a great job and we’ve made it our goal to visit every single park and Marine Area in Canada. Point Pelee, Bruce Penninsula and Fathom Five have been visited already.
The choice for me would be Quittinirpaaq. It doesn’t get any better than standing at the top of our country!

Megan CampbellAugust 29th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

A view from the top! I want to see Glacier National Park of Canada.

DilaraAugust 29th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Banff and Jasper have always been on my list.

Heather YatesAugust 30th, 2011 at 3:34 am

I am the luckiest person to live ‘only’ an hour from 2(!!) National Parks, Kouchibouquac and Fundy National Parks in New Brunswick. My husband have a plan to visit every national park in Canada, 6 down….many more to go!!

EileenAugust 31st, 2011 at 9:30 am


RaulAugust 31st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

UPDATE – And the winner is Alison Richards! Congratulations!

bina edwardsAugust 31st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

congrats to alison

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