Partnering with Parks Canada
By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Parks Canada is able to better deliver its promise to Canadians by continuing to be a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. We believe in sharing leadership and working with our partners to offer unique, inspiring opportunities for Canadians to discover our treasured places and to achieve extraordinary results.
We are proud to formally collaborate with the following local partners:
The Coast Collective is a local artists’ collective and dynamic art centre that brings people together to celebrate the rich, cultural heritage of the Westshore communities of southern Vancouver Island. Recognising the ability of art to expand people’s perception of place, history and land, Parks Canada and the Coast Collective have teamed up to present an annual artist-in-residence program at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. The program aims to enhance awareness of the cultural and natural spirit of the two national historic sites and to facilitate a connection to these national treasures through the process of creativity. During the summer months, artists from the Coast Collective undertake short-term residencies in which they use the grounds and facilities of the historic sites as their studio and their inspiration. In addition to producing works of art, each artist leads an interactive workshop with visitors using such media as printmaking, watercolours, pottery, music, oils, sculpture, Chinese brush painting and acrylics.
Science World British Columbia
Science World at TELUS World of Science is a not-for-profit organisation that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout the province of British Columbia.
Parks Canada is excited to be collaborating with Science World in the delivery of our urban outreach program in Vancouver. Throughout the summer visitors to Science World at TELUS World of Science enjoy engaging stage shows, programs and activities that bring the stories of Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas to the people of Vancouver.
The Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is a recognized leader in connecting people to the natural world. As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, education and public programming, research and direct action. Nearly 40 million people have visited the Aquarium since its opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, we’re open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.
Parks Canada is excited to be collaborating with the Vancouver Aquarium in the delivery of our urban outreach program in Vancouver. Throughout the summer visitors to the Aquarium enjoy engaging stage shows, programs and activities that bring the stories of our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas into the heart of Vancouver.
The Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum is located on Belleville Street at the border between beautiful downtown Victoria and historic James Bay, just steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The mission of the Royal BC Museum is to promote an understanding of the living landscapes and cultures of British Columbia and engage people in a dialogue about their future. Parks Canada is working collaboratively with the Royal BC Museum in the following areas:
- Developing interpretive signs for a self-guided historic nature trail at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Visitors will better understand the cultural, natural and historical heritage of Fort Rodd Hill as the signs will highlight the area's significance by integrating information about the site, local First Nations history and culture, species at risk and rare Garry oak ecosystems.
BioBlitz, a fun 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, and other community members work together to find and identify as many different plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum opened on Vancouver’s UBC campus in 2010 and works to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education and outreach. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, BBM works to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
Parks Canada is pleased to be collaborating with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on a BioBlitz at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. A BioBlitz is a fun 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, and other community members work together to find and identify as many different plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.