Celebrating parks

“This is a celebration of all kinds of parks,” says Hillarie Zimmermann, external relations manager with Parks Canada. “Territorial parks, city parks, community parks … anywhere people enjoy the outside.”

After 125 years of enjoying these parks, the 20th annual Parks Day will see celebrations across Canada on Saturday, July 17.

With the help of the Yukon government, Association franco-yukonnaise and the Yukon Conservation Society, there will be party at the S.S. Klondike that day from noon to 5 p.m.

Award-winning children’s entertainer Lana Rae, along with Hélène Beaulieu, will perform.

As well, there will be booths set up for activities such as eco-games with an Environment Yukon interpreter and a family fishing demo. Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Beringia Centre will have booths, too.

Meanwhile, at Fort Selkirk Historic Site at Minto, there will be an all-day free boat trip.

At the Tombstone Territorial Park, there will be an interpretive walk from 1 to 4 p.m.

Staff at Kluane National park will offering a “Bear Necessities” guided hike, starting at 9:30 a.m. This six-hour hike on the Sheep Creek Trail will teach participants about bear ecology and safety.

Also at the Haines Junction park, BJ MacLean will provide a “musical walk” along the Dezadeash Trail, starting at 1 p.m., and ending at about 3 p.m.

And there will be a film shown at the Kluane National Park Visitor’s Centre, Finding Farley.

In Dawson City, there will be a Crocus Bluff Hike starting at 11 a.m., hosted by the Yukon Conservation Society.

On Sunday, July 18, in Whitehorse, there will be a Canyon City Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a park historian and trail guide.

On Monday, the Tombstone Interpretive Centre will have an open house from noon to 4 p.m.

More information is available at www.parksday.ca.

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