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Parks Canada Turns 100 Years Young

Know your parks. If you plan a visit, it will be a lifetime experience you will remember forever.

Parks Canada was the world’s first national park and national historic site service. It serves to protect and preserve natural and historic treasures.  There are currently five national parks and two marine parks in Ontario:

In the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve, the 'Bruce' is a place of global significance. The rugged cliffs of the park are inhabited by thousand year old cedar trees, overhanging the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. The park has an array of habitats from rare alvars to dense forests and clean lakes which form a greater ecosystem.

From Honey Harbour to Twelve Mile Bay in southern Georgian Bay, spectacular landscapes, time- worn rock faces, diverse habitats and the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. These islands are accessible by boat only. Beausoleil offers tent camping, overnight and day docking.

A lush Carolinian forest oasis at Canada’s most southern point on the mainland. The park resounds with migrating song birds in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter.

Pukaskwa's beauty is revealed in its vistas of Lake Superior and in the rugged, landscape of the Canadian Shield and northern forest. The only wilderness national park in Ontario, protecting 1,878 square km of an ecosystem that features boreal forest and Lake Superior shoreline.

Established in 1904 as the first Canadian national park east of the Rockies. Conceived in the 1870s, St. Lawrence Islands is rich with complex natural and human history. The park is situated in the heart of the Thousand Islands.

More than 70 species of fish inhabit the near-pristine waters of Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world. Gulls, herons, eagles, and pelicans feed in these waters. Aboriginal presence in this area dates back at least 5,000 years and continues to the present day.

The underwater of the Niagara escarpment in Georgian Bay preserves a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and several historic lightstations. The rugged islands of the park are a reminder of the impressive lakebed topography found beneath the waves.

To learn more about all of Canada’s National Parks, locations, history, nature and to plan a trip, visit parkscanada.gc.ca