Nobody loves Canada Day more than Parka! Get an eyeful of festive floats as you cheer in the Fort Smith Canada Day parade, where Parka is making a special appearance. Then meet us at the green Parks Canada tent for an airbrush tattoo-- to show off your pride for Canada and all her lovely creatures!
Be part of the largest Northern picnic! Celebrate Parks Day in Wood Buffalo National Park at the annual Pine Lake Picnic: a long-standing Fort Smith tradition. Feast on burgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill, then cool down with a sweet slice of watermelon… Or a dip in the aquamarine blue waters of Pine Lake! Bring your competitive spirit as you go toe-to-toe in our lively games and contests including canoe races and tug of war.
Play in the bouncy waves and big-water at Slave River Paddlefest. Unravel the fascinating lore and history swirling behind the Slave River Rapids with Wood Buffalo National Park and the Town of Fort Smith on our featured guided hikes and programs. Head over to fskayak.webs.com to sign up or learn more.
Embrace the night skies like never before at the Dark Sky Festival. Whether you’re a budding astronomer or seasoned stargazer, soak in the stars, constellations, planets and other space oddities in Wood Buffalo National Park. Watch homemade rockets streak into the sky and share a spot around the campfire with our renowned guest speakers. Curious kids (and adults) can join Professor Quark for our “Circus of Science” while budding astronomers can hone their observation skills during special workshops offered throughout the weekend. Kick around town and then spend the weekend camping out at Pine Lake. Advance registration required. To learn more or register, contact our visitor centre or the Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society 867-872-0243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to see who has joined us in the past? Become a Dark Sky alumni alongside some of our featured guests