Parks Canada Centennial Celebrations in the Churchill Area
Interpretation Coordinator, Wapusk National Park
Wapusk News - Volume 4, Number 2, Fall 2011
Parks Canada Float © Parks Canada
The local community, along with visitors and staff, helped make Parks Canada’s 100th Birthday a memorable one, with multiple events, great weather and wonderful activities throughout the summer.
Canada Day & Bay Dip
Bay Dip © Louise Lawrie
Over 100 people came to celebrate Parks Canada’s Centennial by taking a 9:00 a.m. dip into Hudson Bay. This year, the weather was beautiful and, rather than being ICE COLD, the water was simply COLD. First prize went to the fastest team and second prize to the team with the best costumes. Winners went home with trophies, Parks Canada water bottles, York Factory National Historic Site (NHS) tote bags and, of course a Centennial T-shirt! Later in the day, the Parks Canada float, depicting a York Boat, cruised the streets of Churchill in the parade and won a prize for “Best Float”.
Staff from the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Churchill, York Factory NHS, Prince of Wales Fort NHS and Wapusk NP, along with their families, celebrated the Centennial with a group potluck and birthday cake.
Parks Canada staff & family © Parks Canada
Parks Day – July 16th
More than 250 people enjoyed our Parks Day Centennial celebration on the shores of Hudson Bay behind the Community Complex. The event was a great success thanks to the collaboration of multiple community groups: Boreal Gardens, Churchill Métis Local, Frontiers North Adventures, Town of Churchill, Families R Us and staff of the Children’s Centre all helped in offering food, entertainment, games and activities. Events included a Wapusk Discovery Table, jam-making, tea & bannock, live fiddle music, fire-starting, artefact table from Prince of Wales Fort and York Factory National Historic Sites, name chiselling, cookie decorating, games and face painting.
Parks Day; “Parka” the Parks Canada mascot and “Buggy Bear”, the Tundra Buggy ® Adventures mascot © Parks Canada