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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

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 be formally collaborating with the following local partners:


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 Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. 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.


Royal BC Museum

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 proud to collaborate with the Royal BC Museum on a BioBlitz at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. 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.


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.


Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a unique science and cultural centre perfectly situated on the traditional lands of the WSANEC Nations of the Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples on the oceanfront in Sidney, BC. The Centre is a vital Canadian not-for-profit and community-based organization with a vision for a healthy and sustainable Salish Sea Bioregion and a mission to create experiences that engage people to learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people. Open year-round, the Centre offers an incredible opportunity for the public to experience over 160 marine species (including a Giant Pacific Octopus) and Coast Salish indigenous culture through live natural aquaria habitats; daily public and school programs; interpretive exhibits (including Coast Salish art and a rare orca skeleton); and the Salish Sea Store.

Parks Canada is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in the delivery of our Parks Canada Education Program at the Centre. Throughout the summer, visitors to the Centre will enjoy engaging education programs, delivered by Parks Canada employees, and showcasing the natural and cultural features of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and other Parks Canada places.


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.