Deer at Castle culvert, Banff National Park © Parks Canada / W. Karhoffer
Parks Canada works to maintain intact ecosystems to make sure that native species have the space they need to survive. This means maintaining wildlife mobility and natural processes across the landscape, and maintaining connections within and among ecosystems. Because a single national park rarely contains a complete and intact ecosystem on its own, Parks Canada works with surrounding jurisdictions, landowners, aboriginal groups and other partners to take a large-scale approach to the Greater Park Ecosystem.
Learn more about ecosystem management.
Connecting the hearts and minds of Canadians to their national parks
Parks Canada works to engage the hearts and minds of Canadians, fostering a culture of conservation that is rooted in the deeply personal connections each of us have to the land and the values we espouse as a people.
Hiking at Wilcox Pass, Jasper National Park.© Parks Canada / C. Whitty
Canoeing on Beaver Lake, Jasper National Park. © Parks Canada / C. Whitty
Parks Canada / C. Whitty Enjoying summer at Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park.
Experience the Fossils of the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park -
The Burgess Shale is regarded as one of the most significant fossil finds in the world. Visitors can take a guided hike and connect with Cambrian life forms that are 500 million years old!
Artists in the Park -
Discover abundant "Stone Bugs" on a hike to the Mt. Stephen Trilobite Beds © Parks Canada
Exquisitely preserved soft-bodied fossils and unmatched views on a Walcott Quarry hike © Parks Canada
Ivvavik National Park has developed a very special program that allows artists to capture a special moment in the park in their art, and provides Canadians with an entirely different way to connect to national parks.
Artists in the Park Program, Ivvavik National Park, 2010 © Parks Canada, Melinda Gillis Artists in the park © Parks Canada, Pat Dunn
Art in the Park - check out the artists visiting Pukaskwa National Park this summer and come meet them yourself!
Pukaskwa National Park's boreal forest ecosystem needs fires, like this one, to keep it healthy © Parks Canada
Visitors can explore the Role of Fire in Pukaskwa - Students and teachers from across Canada can find lesson plans and resources to explore fire's crucial role in the health and functioning of Pukaskwa National Park's boreal forest ecosystem.