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 partners:
Thanks to an innovative partnership with Google, Canadians and people all over the world can explore Parks Canada sites virtually through Street View with Google Maps. Through this collaboration, Google has been able to document a wide range of features within Canada's national heritage places including back country hikes, front country day use trails, campgrounds, the many nooks and crannies of historic properties, and even along the fortification walls of historic battlements. To explore Street View with Google Maps, please visit www.google.ca/streetview. For a list of the Parks Canada places involved in this collaboration.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Parks Canada are working collaboratively to increase their reach and leverage their areas of expertise to provide the foundation for inspiring exploration and discovery of Canada’s historical, cultural and natural heritage.
Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians through innovative programs, campaigns, and partnerships to create meaningful connections among all Canadian citizens, to foster a culture of active and engaged citizenship, and to celebrate what it means to be Canadian.
The ICC’s Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program provides new Canadian citizens with complimentary admission to almost one thousand cultural and heritage attractions during their first year of citizenship. Parks Canada is providing free regular admission to our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail is a 21,500 km recreational trail that winds its way through every province ad territory, from coast to coast. When completed in 2017, it will be the world’s longest recreational trail, connecting Canadians and international visitors to Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail are proud to collaborate on the improvement of sustainable multiple-use trail planning, development and management as well as encourage the use and enjoyment of trails.
National Capital Commission
The National Capital Commission (NCC) is the steward of federal lands and buildings in the National Capital Region, with a mandate and mission to build the Capital region into a source of pride and unity for Canadians. The NCC and Parks Canada share common priorities for the establishment, conservation, and public appreciation at Canada’s heritage places. Collaboratively, we deliver on common objectives including improved resource conservation; planning, design and land use; increasing public appreciation and understanding; and enhanced visitor experiences.
Destination Canada (DC) is Canada's national tourism marketing organization. DC leads the Canadian tourism industry in marketing Canada as a premier four-season tourism destination where travellers have access to extraordinary experiences. Working together, Parks Canada and DC strive to encourage a sustainable tourism approach that facilitates growth and development while protecting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage resources in communities across the country. Parks Canada strategically aligns its international marketing efforts with those of DC, collaborating on a number of initiatives including/ participating in travel trade and travel media marketplaces like Rendez-vous Canada and GoMedia Canada, providing training to DC’s Canada Specialists, and featuring Parks Canada experiences as part of the Canadian Signature Experiences collection.
MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Parks Canada and (MEC) Mountain Equipment Co-op have partnered to develop and deliver the "Learn-to Camp" national program . The Learn-to Camp program is aiming to instil the confidence in participants to camp on their own and to find enjoyment in camping while connecting to experiences at Parks Canada’s places. MEC like Parks Canada, encourages Canadians of all ages to experience the outdoors and have a connection to nature. They are a leading Canadian retail co-operative with 22 stores across the country serving more than 4 million members.
Mars Canada Inc.
The Historic Division of Mars began in 2006 with the vision of establishing Mars, Incorporated as the undisputed leader in chocolate history. The mission is to pursue and share chocolate's rich past, and create authentically historic chocolate experiences that allow people to enjoy the combination of history and Mars chocolate-making excellence. Parks Canada and Mars Canada Inc. have collaborated on creating unique historic chocolate experiences at many National Historic Sites, and sharing stories related to chocolate history in Canada. For more information on National Historic Sites and heritage chocolate, please visit heritagechocolate.ca
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.
Parks Canada works with the Vancouver Aquarium on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a program that promotes education about shoreline litter issues by encouraging Canadians to protect and rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Parks Canada works with the Vancouver Aquarium and Canadians to clean up shorelines in national parks and national historic sites. The program promotes stewardship through hands-on activities, long term monitoring and educational initiatives.
A for Adventure
Parks Canada and A for Adventure (www.aforadventure.ca) have partnered to offer the national "Learn-to Camp" program. A for Adventure takes part in Learn-to Camp events in many national parks and national historic sites during the summer. A for Adventure is all about inspiring people to get outside and explore the world around them, including Parks Canada sites. A for Adventure strives to encourage children and families to explore and connect with nature, through their storytelling, videos, social media, speaking engagements and leading by example!
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada with the goal of enhancing and growing authentic Indigenous experiences.
The agreement provides new opportunities for growth Indigenous tourism experiences created in collaboration between Parks Canada and Indigenous communities, businesses and entrepreneurs.
The two organizations will promote market-ready experiences through the creation of travel itineraries. This will support authentic Indigenous travel experiences to grow and develop in Parks Canada spaces.
ITAC works to improve the socio-economic condition of Aboriginal people within Canada. For more information, visit IndigenousTourism.ca.
Parkbus is a non-profit initiative providing express bus service from cities to key outdoor destinations across Canada. Parks Canada recognizes that transportation is a barrier that many urban Canadians face when planning a visit to a national park and is proud to collaborate with Parksbus to offer environmentally friendlier and affordable options for city dwellers to get out, discover and enjoy Canada’s natural wonders.
In 2018 Parkbus, along with their partners, will offer fully-subsidised shuttle bus runs to transport visitors from downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park, and from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park. Parkbus also provides regular runs to Bruce Peninsula National Park, Georgian Bay Islands, and Fathom Five National Marine Park from Toronto, as well as Kejimkujik National Park from Halifax, as per the schedule listed online at www.parkbus.ca.