OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Celebrate Canada Day by visiting Canada's natural and cultural treasures. The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that Parks Canada is offering free admission to all national parks, Parks Canada-administered national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
"Canada Day is the ideal time for Canadians and visitors from around the world to experience Canada's national heritage," said Minister Kent. "I'm inviting everyone to come to any of Parks Canada's places and experience Canada's natural treasures for free on Canada Day."
As 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Parks Canada especially invites Canadians to personally experience many of the most important landscapes, forts and buildings related to the War of 1812 at Parks Canada's national historic sites. These sites will resonate with authentic and stirring programs and events which will enable visitors to experience life as it was in the 1812 period, both in everyday living and on the battle front. Through the commemorations, Parks Canada hopes to create, for all Canadians, a heightened sense of connection and pride in our national treasures, and in particular our national historic sites as vibrant centres of community life and engaging history.
Parks Canada is Canada's largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products and its iconic destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry. Through a network of 43 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at these treasured natural and historic places.
More information on the national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas managed by Parks Canada, and how to get there, is available on the Agency's Web site at www.parkscanada.gc.ca.