Special activities are lined up at provincial parks this weekend in celebration of Canada’s Parks Day.
Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event in which thousands of people visit parks and historic sites to recognize the role parks play, maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems while also contributing to human health and well-being.
All over B.C., provincial parks are hosting family-friendly events in honour of Parks Day. Visitors can participate in scavenger hunts, try fishing through the provincial Learn to Fish Program, and discover wildlife on nature walks.
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park offers its Learn to Fish program the same day. Kids aged 5-15 can learn where, when and how to catch fish, for free. No registration required. Meet at the campground day-use beach at 10 a.m., rain or shine. All equipment and tackle is provided. Parent supervision is required.
At Wells Gray, Heather Steere, senior park manager, leads an interpretive hike to Moul Falls, starting at 9:30 a.m. The trail leads to the base of the falls and hikers can walk behind them. Limited space available. Participants are asked to sign up at the park information centre in Clearwater.
There’s even more to do at E.C. Manning Provincial Park east of Hope. The park is celebrating its 75th birthday on Parks Day. Jerry the Moose is attending the fun filled day of activities, including a barbecue, community booths, art contest, face painting and crafts for both the young and young at heart.
Families and park visitors can add to the fun while exploring a B.C. provincial park by taking part in Jerry’s Search ‘n Sketch – the Ultimate Scavenger Quest. Participants are encouraged to find all the items on Jerry’s list and sketch them. A collectable Jerry the Moose souvenir will be given to those who complete the challenge.
For more information about the scavenger quest, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/events/scavenger-quest/.