Putting Wapusk On The Map

Darren Pugh
Young Canada Works Student: Parks Canada, Manitoba Field Unit

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When I was offered the position of Geomatics Assistant with the Manitoba Field Unit of Parks Canada, I couldn’t believe my luck. Not even 45 minutes earlier I had been offered a position with another company, and luckily I told them I would call them back with an answer. When David Walker (Ecosystem Geomatics Technician) called me from Winnipeg to inform me that I had been accepted for a student position through the Young Canada Works program, it didn’t take long for me to realize that working for Parks Canada was clearly the way I wanted to spend my summer. Living in a different province (Ontario) and with summer fast approaching, there were many tasks that needed to be completed in a short period of time. Luckily, everything seemed to fall into place and I made it to Winnipeg where I received a very warm welcome from all of the Parks Canada employees in their office at The Forks National Historic Site.

My position focused on converting Parks Canada’s spatial data for Wapusk National Park (NP) into an easier to use format. This means that Wapusk NP staff not trained in geomatics can now view and make inquiries into geographic data directly on their desktops, enabling them to answer “where” questions much more easily and quickly.

As summer came to an end and the school term quickly approached, I found myself disappointed that my work term with Parks Canada was nearly complete, but I am also glad that I got to go back to Thunder Bay with the great knowledge and experience that Parks Canada helped me gain over the summer.

Thank you Parks Canada for giving me this opportunity.