Parks Day Celebrated with Lighting of Sails at Canada Place and Free Activities Across B.C.



July 10, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Canada has one of the oldest and most extensive parks systems in the world, and on July 18th, thousands of Canadians will be celebrating the nationally recognized Parks Day. In British Columbia, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be hosting free, fun, family-oriented activities across the province to engage and educate the public on the importance of parks and protected areas. As well, the Sails of Light at Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place will be lit green in honour of the event.

“Our country is world renowned for our beautiful scenery and landscapes, and every year our parks serve as a major driver of tourism and maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems,” says Bruce Passmore, executive director of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “These precious places should be allowed to last forever, giving future generations the opportunity to connect with nature and experience the wilderness.”

Parks and protected areas also provide crucial habitat for numerous species at risk and contribute to human health and well-being. Since 1963, CPAWS has played a lead role in creating over two-thirds of Canada's protected areas – an area larger than Yukon Territory.
Last year, CPAWS-BC unfurled a 167,000 name petition with other environmental groups on Parks Day 2014, calling on the provincial government to repeal the Park Amendment Act. For the 2015 celebration, taking place on July 18th, CPAWS-BC’s Wild Ambassadors will be leading hikes on Mount Fernie, in the Courtenay/Comox region, and nature walks in the Whistler/Pemberton area, with more to be announced in the coming week. 

“We want to encourage British Columbians to get outdoors and celebrate our parks. The Canada Place sails will turn green for one night only from dawn to dusk to remind us that if don’t protect our green spaces, we could lose them forever,” says Passmore.
By strengthening Canadian’s connection to nature with events such as this and the MEC Big Wild Challenge (September 19), CPAWS is reversing nature deficit disorder, promoting healthy outdoor lifestyles, and creating a nation that cares for wilderness and will take action to preserve it.

For a full list of activities, please visit our website at



For more information please contact: Michelle Sz, Development and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, B.C. Chapter, (o) 604-685-7445 ext. 33