Parks Canada launches largest consultation for public feedback

With Canada’s 150th birthday coming up, Parks Canada has set up four venues across the country to get feedback about improving national parks.

On January 9, 2017, Parks Canada launched a campaign called Let’s Talk Parks, Canada. It gives Canadians an opportunity to have their voices heard by giving feedback on how to improve national parks.

Over the month of January there are four different venues across the country. Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax are hosting these public feedback consultations.

Parks Canada has also set up a program in hopes of getting people out this year. It allows Canadians to sign up for a Parks Canada Discovery Pass which grants free admission into any Canadian National Park.

Alain Joseph is a research scientist at the NSCC in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He says that this will be good way to get a younger generation involved.

There’s a new generation of young people who might not have had experiences in the park system. I grew up in a really different time that didn’t have social media or Netflix, so it’s pretty easy for kids to miss out on that experience.”

Samantha Firth is a twenty-two year old Nova Scotian who used to go camping as a child. She says she’s eager to give her feedback at the Halifax consultation on January 27, 2017.

“I think that by doing these little things, such as free park passes, it’ll get us out to explore what our country has to offer.”

Firth also hopes that by getting a Parks Discovery Pass, it will motivate her to go out and see more national parks.

“I just love being in nature. Growing up I always wanted to travel the world, but I never really thought about taking a trip in my own back yard.”

The public consultation is January 27th, 2017 at 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on the main floor.

For more information on how to get involved, visit http://letstalkparkscanada.ca/participate.

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