- This Canada Day Weekend Go Camping in the True North Strong and Free -



Vancouver, BC, June 23, 2011 – This Canada Day promises to be extra special for campers as both BC Parks and Parks Canada are celebrating centennials in 2011.

On March 11th BC Parks celebrated its 100th anniversary of the creation of Strathcona Provincial Park, the very first provincial park in British Columbia and on May 21st Parks Canada kicked off its centennial year marking its establishment as the world’s first national park service. Both agencies have planned celebrations and events throughout the year to commemorate these incredible milestones.


“There is no better way to celebrate Canada then to go camping with your family and friends in one of BC’s world renowned parks,” said Jim Gilliland, Manager of Marketing and Partnerships for BC Parks. The best part is that pretty much everyone has a BC or national park in their backyard as our province has one of the most extensive park systems in Canada.”


BC Parks offers campsites, day-use areas, and thousands of kilometres of trails as a fun and convenient way to explore the province. This year there is a full list of events and initiatives taking place that include:


  • 100 Years of Adventure – Mountain Equipment Co-op has partnered with BC Parks to help celebrate with a community event series across the province that focuses on family-friendly and self-propelled outdoor activities.
  • Arts in the Parks – In partnership with the Assembly of BC Arts Councils and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Investment, BC Parks is hosting arts and cultural events in BC Parks from March to December of 2011.
  • BC Parks Passport program – This is an initiative that encourages visitors to spend time in BC parks, Parks Canada and Tourism BC Visitor Centres from May 20 to September 30 2011. Passport participants can collect stickers or stamps to earn commemorative awards. There are also trip planning resources, special offers and coupons.


As of May 3rd parking fees were eliminated to help make BC Parks more accessible and inviting to families. BC Parks has also launched a $500,000 Community Legacy Program to fund improvements to provincial parks across BC. To learn more about BC Parks and for a comprehensive Events Calendar please visit www.bcparks.ca.


Throughout 2011, Parks Canada will be highlighting 100 years of world leadership in conservation, education and visitor experience programs. Parks Canada has one of the most extensive networks of protected national heritage places in the world with 167 national historic sites, 42 national parks and four national marine conservation areas.


“Some of the best examples of our parks are located right here in BC, said Alison Manley, External Relations Manager for the Coastal BC Field Unit. “On Canada Day we open our doors and invite all Canadians to join us for some unforgettable experiences.”


 Here are a few special dates to look out for:


  • Canada Day – On July 1st Parks Canada is celebrating “Doors Open on Canada Day” with free admission to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas managed by Parks Canada.
  • Canada’s Parks Day – July 16th features free entry and “100 for the 100th, an extensive list of suggested activities and ways to celebrate at all national parks and historic sites throughout BC and Canada. Join Parks Canada and BC Parks for a special celebration including daytime family fun and a free evening concert in Stanley Park in Vancouver.  For more information about events in your area, visit: www.parksday.ca
  • Fab Forts Weekend – This national celebration is a coast to coast weekend for community enjoyment of Canada’s historic forts with signature 100-gun salute and toast to Parks Canada’s centennial.


To learn more about Parks Canada and its centennial year please visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/celebrations/even/index.aspx. For information on camping and making reservations in national parks please visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/ltc-dlc/index.aspx


For an interactive “Where to Camp” google map and information on camping or RVing in BC please visit www.campingrvbc.com


About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition

The Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition was formed with the support of Tourism British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Northern BC Tourism Association, The BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.


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