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Parks Canada Invites Visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park for Canada’s Parks Day

Waterton Park, Alberta – On Saturday, July 16, visitors are invited to celebrate Canada’s Parks Day at Waterton Lakes National Park.

There are so many activities to participate in! Parks Canada is offering safe solar viewing, the opportunity to learn about the secret lives of animals with Parks Canada researchers and an interpretive program with “Digger the Grizzly”, who can teach you a thing or two about interacting with wildlife.

The Waterton Natural History Association will offer geocaching and kite flying demonstrations as well as face painting and an author-signing for a children’s book about salamander tunnels. These activities take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage Centre on Waterton Ave.

At 4:00 p.m., join local historians for a tour highlighting the life and times of Kootenai Brown, Waterton’s first “Forest Ranger-in-Charge” with visits to his favourite locations. Transportation for the tour is provided by First Canada, with guides from the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.

While visitors are in Waterton Lakes National Park to celebrate Canada Parks Day, they may wish to download the free Xplora Waterton application (app) for the popular Bear’s Hump trail. The app provides additional audio and video content at specific locations along the trail. In addition to the popular Xplorer program for children ages 6-11, there is Club Parka for preschoolers visiting Waterton Lakes National Park. Families can enjoy an activity book, a photo mission app and videos.

Canada’s national parks and national historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

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