For the past 100 years, Parks Canada has been a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. During this centennial year we want to celebrate the beauty and history of our great country with all Canadians! Parks Canada and its National Centennial Partners invite you to join them at celebration events held at various sites and in urban areas throughout the country.
We extend our thanks to the following National Centennial Partners:
Canada Post supported the celebration of Parks Canada’s centennial by issuing a domestic rate stamp to commemorate its 100th anniversary that depicts a lone hiker standing over a majestic scene that includes Indian paintbrushes, a moose, a grizzly bear, an eagle, waterfalls and mountain peaks in bold colours.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
With 21 extraordinary hotels and resorts across the country, many of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts are part of Parks Canada’s landscapes and six of these majestic properties are designated national historic sites. The beauty and grandeur of Fairmont’s historic hotels, surrounded by the natural wonder of our treasured places enhance many visitors’ experiences and are part of the stories that make our places so unique.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
Mountain Equipment Co-op encourages Canadians of all ages to experience the outdoors and have a connection to nature. With over 3.3 million members, it is a leading Canadian retail co-operative. As Parks Canada celebrates its first 100 years, a joint Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op “Learn to Camp” program has been created to instill knowledge and confidence in a new generation of Canadians to experience camping, while connecting to the beauty of Parks Canada places. For more information on Learn to Camp, please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/ltc-dlc/index.aspx
Royal Canadian Mint
To commemorate the significance of Parks Canada’s centennial, the Royal Canadian Mint announced its first 2011 collector coin, dedicated to celebrating the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. This flagship of the Mint's annual collector coin program honours Canada's "grandparents of green" who, a century ago, made it their mission to preserve Canada's natural beauty for the enjoyment of future generations.
VIA Rail Canada
Rail travel is a large part of Canada’s history and there is a historical link with the establishment of Canada’s treasured parks system also. VIA rail serves over 450 communities across Canada thereby providing accessibility to several Parks Canada places. Parks Canada is proud to work with VIA Rail to promote Canada’s natural and cultural heritage coast to coast to coast. Current collaborations include interpretive presentations on board some routes, features in their on-board magazine “Destinations”, themed get away packages, and on-board children’s activity booklet. To celebrate the Parks Canada centennial, VIA Rail will also be offering a unique Centennial Train package in the fall that will take you to Jasper National Park with departures from Toronto and Vancouver.