The Story of Parks Canada

In 1911, led by visionary James Harkin, Canada established the world’s first national parks service. Today, as it has throughout the entire course of its existence, Parks Canada champions the conservation and enjoyment of Canada’s greatest natural and historic treasures for the benefit of current and future generations.

From coast to coast to coast, Parks Canada manages the national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas of Canada, providing a revered connection between the ‘hearts and minds’ of Canadians and the very essence of this country.

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