shoreLINES is a quarterly newsletter intended to keep our partners and stakeholders informed about Parks Canada's activities and heritage places in Northern Ontario.

Aerial view of beach with flag tape

Thistle monitoring takes to the sky

by Amy Adair

One of the longest-running research projects in Pukaskwa National Park is being updated with 21st century technology. Monitoring of Pitcher’s Thistle populations in Pukaskwa National Park began in 1981. Originally, each plant was marked with a uniquely numbered tag so their life cycle could be observed from tiny seedling to flowering plant. This summer, staff started using a drone to collect aerial photographs of the colonies.

Two people at a picnic table in a trailer site

Cannabis use at Parks Canada places

by Stéphane Comeault

Cannabis use became legal and regulated across Canada on October 17, 2018. Relevant provincial and territorial cannabis laws will be applied at Parks Canada parks and sites. It is up to visitors to be aware of and follow all applicable federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal laws on cannabis when planning their trip to Parks Canada places.

A map of the new building design

Discovery centre update

by Cory Gaudet and Stephen Dicks

The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area project to design and construct a new facility in Nipigon to support Parks Canada operations in the region continues its forward momentum.

Old photo of canal with ship

2020 - a milestone year

by Stéphane Comeault

Preparations are already underway at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal (SSMC) National Historic Site for 2020 and what promises to be a one-of-a-kind and memorable season marking the 125th anniversary of the canal. A passenger liner from the Great Northern Transit Line, the Majestic, was the first vessel to lock through the newly constructed canal on September 7th 1895.

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