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Indigenous designers take architecture to new level at Assiniboine park

Educators, elders, youth and members from the community came together Tuesday for an envisioning exercise<p>Assinboine Park officials once asked a First …

Parks Canada to look at divesting highways, bridges, dams

Cash-strapped agency examines whether to transfer or divest non-heritage assets worth $8.3B<p>Parks Canada is considering whether to give up as much as …

Canada

Calgary wheelchair users can now enjoy water parks

A new pilot project that should help wheelchair users beat the heat at some of Calgary's splash parks and wading pools is now underway.

Wheelchairs

These charts show the boom in attendance at Canada's national parks

Canadians heading to a national park this weekend might not get as much solitude as in years before. The country’s national parks have had more than …

National Parks

Tinder-dry conditions cause closure of southern Alberta parks

There might be a snag in some late summer backcountry plans, as shifting winds and hot temperatures forced numerous closures to parks southwest of …

Huge piece of south Nanaimo land to be protected as park

NANAIMO — More than 250-acres of forested land in Nanaimo's south end will soon be protected as parkland.<p>Council directed staff to place an official …

Canada

Tenting in Victoria city parks is up this summer

The number of people sheltering in parks this summer is up from last year.<p>Although the summer months generally see a greater amount of camping in …

Victoria, BC

National Park Service ends ban on disposable water bottles

PHOENIX — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of …

National Parks

Parks Canada and Qikiqtani Inuit Association officially open Qausuittuq National Park

RESOLUTE BAY, NU, Aug. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Qausuittuq National Park, composed of a cluster of islands in the High Arctic has been a significant …

Parks Canada painstakingly prepared for deluge of Canada 150 visitors

Documents show planning for everything from keeping visitors safe to avoiding staff burnout<p>From avoiding burned out workers to ensuring washrooms …

Attendance jumps 30% this summer at Nova Scotia national parks

Halifax Citadel and Cape Breton Highlands National Park have seen biggest increase in visitors<p>All national parks and historic sites in Nova Scotia …

Canada

National park's temporary closure due to overcrowding not expected to happen elsewhere, Parks says

Parks Canada notes Waterton Lakes is the only park to have a temporary closure this year<p>The temporary closure of a national park in Alberta due to …

How much do we value Canada's national parks? - Home | Cross Country Checkup

Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: Canada's natural treasures.<p>Admission to Canada's national parks and historic sites is free to the public this year, …

National parks brace for eclipse crowds - MarketWatch

The U.S. National Park Service is gearing up for some historically large crowds Monday, when a total solar eclipse will occur over a swath across the …

National Parks

Barring gates no long-term solution for parks

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 14, 2017.<p>Popularity of Canada’s parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than …

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Parks popular but roads less so, report states

A background report compiled in preparation for city hall’s 2018 budget deliberations has found that Winnipeggers love their firefighters, commute …

Banff's Bear 148 moved to remote park

BANFF, Alta. - A feisty female grizzly that came too close to people too often has been moved far away from her stomping grounds in Banff National …

Gros Morne autism-friendly cabin is first ever for Parks Canada

Gros Morne National Park has modified a rustic cabin to be autism-friendly<p>Families affected by autism who want to get close to nature have a new …

Canada

First part of Castle area parks upgrades finished

By Schnarr, J.W. on July 28, 2017.<p>Public can now use improved facilities at wilderness region<p>J.W. Schnarr<p>Lethbridge Herald<p>Numerous upgrades to the …

Canada

Alberta’s parks celebrated

Alberta Parks celebrated Parks Day July 15 at Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park with several activities, hotdogs, cake and refreshments for visitors. …

Nature

Province moves ahead with work in Castle parks

The province is working to upgrade Castle parks to ensure Albertans have a memorable experience.<br>A $20-million improvement plan is complete, putting …

Travel

Don’t light up – or even vape – in parks

Opinion: Don't repeat past mistakes in Alberta's best places

The best planning anticipates and prepares for future excellence. The worst simply perpetuates past failures. Recreation planning currently underway …

App zeros in on B.C. Parks campsite reservation cancellations

For unhappy campers who never seem to have luck booking a reservation for their favourite B.C. Parks campsite, Vancouver web-design firm SmashLAB …

Lower Mainland

City of Regina wants to stop naming parks after random plants and animals

City will recommend names for 6 new parks at Thursday night public meeting<p>The City of Regina is proposing to suspend the use of miscellaneous plant …

Leong: How human stupidity is putting access to Canada's national parks at risk

It was the closest I’d ever come to a bear.

National Parks

Toronto putting dogs on a tighter leash in parks with bylaw blitz

The city is putting dogs on a tighter leash in parks and beaches, as the number of complaints about off-leash dogs in Toronto is on the rise.<p>As dog …

Canada

High-tech grizzly monitoring beats picking up bear poop, Parks Canada finds

New method using GPS collars and wildlife cameras finds bear population steady in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho<p>Parks Canada employees used to collect bear …

As Trump moves to privatize America's national parks, visitor costs may rise

Some are concerned that the proposed privatization of some public park services would drive up costs for visitors and fail to raise enough for repairs<p>America’s national parks need a staggering $11.5bn worth of overdue road and infrastructure repairs. But with the proposed National Park Service …

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