Mallorytown – National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada offered free admission for all visitors to Parks Canada’s places, to encourage Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way. Parks Canada is pleased to have welcomed more visitors to our treasured places than ever before, and to have played an important role in
the celebration of Canada 150.
At Thousand Islands National Park, record high water levels did not dampen all of the Canada 150 celebrations this summer. An estimated 25% more visitors were welcomed at the mainland visitor centre at Mallorytown Landing this season to take part in many Canada 150 activities. In June, the park hosted a Bioblitz with the Kingston Field Naturalists which gave volunteers the opportunity to connect with nature, while contributing information to our database of species in the park. In July, hundreds of visitors joined in family-friendly fun activities on Canada Day and Parks Day. The park also hosted its third annual Learn-to-Camp event which introduced 75 first-time campers to the Canadian camping experience and to the park’s diverse camping options.
Thousand Islands National Park invited Canadians to gain a better understanding of Canada’s Indigenous cultures and history throughout the season. Participants on the first leg of the national Canada C3 journey spent a day on Gordon Island participating in resource conservation projects and learning from ecologists and Indigenous partners. On National Aboriginal Day, singers, fancers, and storytellers presented the teachings of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne and of the Haudenosaunee to visitors.
Daily visitors to Mallorytown Landing learned about the Thousand Islands from an Indigenous perspective in the Voices of Akwesasne exhibit and through the Mohawk Thanksgiving Address commemorated in rock carvings at the mainland’s scenic lookout. Inspired by the stories of our diverse histories and cultures, Thousand Islands National Park also featured LandMarks2017 art installations.
Services at Thousand Islands National Park are now closed for the 2017 season and will resume on May 19th, 2018. Visitors can plan their 2018 season early by make camping reservations for Thousand Islands National Park through the Parks Canada Online Reservation System beginning on January 17th 2018. Parks Canada looks forward to offering a quality experience for visitors in 2018.
The Government is committed to preserving our national parks, while facilitating access to Canadians, including youth and newcomers, so they can experience and learn about our natural heritage. To help visitors plan their experiences, Parks Canada launched a mobile app earlier this season.
The Parks Canada Mobile App is a great planning tool which offers up-to-date information and resources to help visitors plan their visit and discover breathtaking locations, including a list of hidden gems, and other unique and memorable experiences at national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit ahead.
“I am thrilled to see how many Canadians and visitors alike have made Parks Canada’s places part of their Canada150 celebrations. Canada’s national parks and historic sites are amazing places for Canadians to connect to nature and history. It’s through these connections that we learn about the need to protect our natural wonders, especially from the impacts of climate change. In 2018, I look forward to welcoming you back to our treasured places.” – The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
· Visitation at Thousand Islands National Park was up this year, with over 45,000 visitors enjoying the Mallorytown Landing mainland attraction.
· Over 6 million free 2017 Discovery Passes have been ordered by Canadians and people from around the world. Parks Canada has seen record visitation numbers across its network, and more Canadians than ever have had amazing experiences at our national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas.
· Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada expanded the Learn-to-Camp program. Through this expanded program, more Canadians than ever before are acquiring the skills they need to experience and enjoy the outdoors.
So far, in 2017, 35,000 people (a record number) have participated in Learn-to camp events and activities across the country.