7.0 Engaging Canadians and International Visitors
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Communication is essential in sustaining national parks and historic sites as protected areas. Interpretation and outreach connect Canadians to their heritage and promote stewardship. The more Canadians know about national parks and national historic sites, the more likely they are to support and participate in their management and protection.
Parks Canada is responsible for ensuring all visitors have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the area’s natural and cultural history. In addition, it is important for community residents and regional land management agencies to understand national park and national historic site conservation issues, especially as they relate to ecological and commemorative integrity.
Because Parks Canada cannot reach everyone through its own programs, the Agency works with others to reach as many people as possible. People learn about national parks and historic sites in many different ways, through many different media. Visiting protected areas is no longer the only way to experience their richness. People who are unable to visit the parks must also have opportunities to connect to their landscape, history and purpose through outreach programs. The advent of new technologies, coupled with traditional means of communicating, has opened new doors for engaging Canadians and international guests of all ages.
The communication program includes messages about the family of national parks and historic sites, the natural history of Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park, the cultural history of the parks and Rogers Pass National Historic Site and the integrity of the larger regional ecosystem.
Messages - Mount Revelstoke and Glacier
- A System of Protected Heritage Areas
- National Parks, National Historic Sites, Historic Canals, and National Marine Conservation Areas
- Human Use of the Columbia Mountains
- History of Human Occupation of the Columbia Mountains Region
- Role of Protected Areas in the Columbia Mountains Region
- The National Transportation Corridor
- Public Safety Around Wildlife
- A Sense of Place
- The Special Character and Unique Features of the Columbia Mountains
- An Enduring Wilderness Legacy
- Geology, Geomorphology and Natural Disturbances
- Nakimu Caves
- Glaciers and Climate Change
- Ecological Integrity
Environments at Risk
- Aquatic and Riparian Habitats
- Old-Growth Forests
- Wildlife Corridors
- Mountain Caribou
- Grizzly Bear
- Neotropical Migrant Birds
- Western Toad
Messages - Rogers Pass National Historic Site
Rogers Pass has been designated a national historic site because of the role of the pass in the construction and development of the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway into a major national transportation route, 1881-1917. In particular the designation incorporates the following components:
- The search for a route through the Selkirk Mountains following the decision of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881 to adopt the southern route for its main line.
- The role of A.B. Rogers in exploring and identifying the pass as a suitable route.
- The overcoming of the obstacles in constructing the railway through this difficult terrain.
- The role of the pass as part of the CPR main line, 1886-1917, in a formative era of Canada's national transportation system.
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