Parks Canada welcomes visitors to national historic sites and parks on July 1st
Kingston – Celebrate Canada Day at an iconic Canadian destination! The Parks Canada places in this region are pleased to welcome visitors to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on Saturday, July 1st. Admission is free and family-friendly activities will take place at Bellevue House National Historic Site in Kingston, Thousand Islands National Park in Mallorytown, and Fort Wellington National Historic Site in Prescott.
In Kingston, Bellevue House National Historic Site, once the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, will be celebrating with special activities, live music and historic demonstrations. Try your hand at quill penning, Victorian hairstyling, or interact with the Kingston Weavers and Spinners and the Kingston Broadsword Academy.
Thousand Islands National Park was the first Canadian national park east of the Rocky Mountains, and is the perfect place to spend Canada Day with family! Come for a picnic at Mallorytown Landing on the beautiful shore of the St. Lawrence River, where there will be games, live animals and sports throughout the day. Visitors can get patriotic with Canada-themed crafts, face painting, and airbrush tattoos. Parks Canada’s colourful mascot, Parka, will be out to celebrate Canada and play.
In Prescott, Fort Wellington National Historic Site is hosting the community’s annual Canada Day celebration with children’s activities, face painting, and a traditional cannon salute at noon. The day will conclude at dusk in true celebratory style with a Town of Prescott fireworks display at the waterfront.
Each location will host a Canada Day ceremony at noon with the singing of the national anthem, birthday cake, and refreshments for all. Canada 150 is an opportunity to discover our Parks Canada places which represent the very best that Canada has to offer.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country. Please note that only admission is free for 2017. There are fees for enhanced interpretative programs and recreational services and products such as camping and firewood, fishing permits and overnight backcountry use.
Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the NEW Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150.
“On this very special Canada Day, I invite Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Eastern Ontario with free admission and special activities throughout the day. Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians and there’s no better way to celebrate our country, to connect with friends and family, and to discover our national heritage than with a visit to a national park or a national historic site. Happy Canada Day!” said The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
· To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history. The Government is creating opportunities for Canadians to participate in a year-long celebration and to help shape the best that Canada can be in the future.
· Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.
· Canada Day activities are being offered at Parks Canada places across the country, including the sites in Eastern Ontario. Bellevue House National Historic Site is located in Kingston, Thousand Islands National Park is located between Kingston and Brockville, and Fort Wellington is located in Prescott.