Gateway Gazette

Parks Day 2014 ~ Two Great Places to Celebrate!

Waterton Lakes National Park and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (Parks Canada) is offering you two great southern Alberta places to celebrate Parks Day this year. Join us on Saturday, July 19th at Waterton Lakes National Park or Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

Parka BeaverAt Bar U Ranch, you can have a ‘dam’ good time meeting our adorable guest beaver! ‘Parka’ is going western and is ready to rope you into a lot of fun, including enjoying some home-made ice cream! Wander the site on foot or take a wagon ride and discover the people who made the Bar U one of the most famous ranches of its time, then head down to the Roundup Camp for a few tall tales.

Waterton’s celebration starts and ends with a spectacular evening of stargazing. Starting at 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, join astronomer Alan Dyer for a starry tour of Waterton’s night sky. Volunteers from Glacier National Park AstroVIP program, Lethbridge Astronomy Club and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be helping out. Meet at the Cameron Bay picnic shelter (near the Townsite Campground). Bring a blanket or chair, warm clothes, and binoculars or a spotting scope. In case of clouds, rain or high winds, there will be an indoor presentation at the Falls Theatre.

On Saturday afternoon, discover Waterton’s secrets with some fun family activities. The Waterton Natural History Association is working with Parks Canada to bring you a great day at the Heritage Centre. Try geocaching, take the Xplorers program challenge and enjoy some refreshments.

Quick Facts

• All Parks Day activities at both locations are included with the entry fee.

• There are many other activities in Waterton Lakes National Park, including cycling, hiking, water sports, fishing and sightseeing!

• There are many other activities and events at the Bar U National Historic Site – take a wagon ride, sit in a saddle, and try roping some “steers”. Before you go, browse the gift shop or try a hearty meal at the Bar U Café.

Quotes

“Parks Day is a great opportunity to rediscover our history and reconnect with nature.” ~ Ifan Thomas, Field Unit Superintendent

“The Waterton Natural History Association is pleased to lend a hand with Parks Canada to ensure our visitors have a fun-filled celebration of Parks Day.” ~ John Russell, Chairman, Waterton Natural History Association

(Parks Canada)

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