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Spring 2022

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Red chairs at Kellys Beach during sunrise in Kouchibouguac National Park.

Discover some of the most unique and picturesque views throughout Canada. You can find red chairs in over 100 breathtaking locations across Parks Canada destinations. Go ahead, seek them out!

Want to share your unforgettable moments with us? Sit back, snap a photo and #SharetheChair.

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Canadian escapes

Aerial view of the inland fjord in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This year, experience Canada like never before! Visit one of these 5 must-see national parks this spring and experience a diversity of cultures and incomparable landscapes.

In collaboration with Destination Canada:

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Whale sanctuaries

Video: Recovering Southern Resident Killer Whales

Did you know that many species of whales call Canada’s protected waters their home? Whales rely on sound to navigate, find food and communicate. Underwater noise pollution, from boats for example, can threatened their survival. Parks Canada is working with partners to create quieter environments for whales by protecting important habitats.

Discover more about whale research at Parks Canada, and how you can contribute towards helping them thrive.

Parks Canada week at MEC

Canoes and tents on the shore of a lake in Nahanni National Park Reserve.

Get ready for more outdoor adventures with Parks Canada week at MEC! From May 26 to June 2, Parks Canada Discovery Pass holders can benefit from a 10% discount at MEC stores across the country! Take advantage of expert advice and welcoming staff to start the season off right.

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Spotlight on…

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

An important gathering place for Indigenous communities for millennia and an engineering marvel of the 20th century.

Historic image of workers in turn-of-the-century clothing in front of the huge lock gates they are working on.
A historic waterway

Located in a region known as Baawaating, “place of the rapids” in Anishinaabemowin, this land was where Indigenous communities traded, lived and still fish.

In 1895, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal opened, becoming the world’s first electrically-operated lock! It allowed large ships to bypass the rapids and connected Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean.

A Parks Canada staff member walks with a mother and two young boys in front of the red sandstone walls of the new visitor centre.
Visit our new exibit

Join us this summer to explore our new visitor centre and exhibit!

Take a fascinating journey of the site’s history: pre-canal era to the present day. Dive into stories of the lock’s technological and cultural significance and its impacts on the Anishinaabe and Métis people of the area.

Two cyclists rest on a trail, surrounded by foliage.
Try a fat bike today!

Discover the trails on South St. Mary’s Island! The Attikamek trail system will take you on paths passing through a quiet forest, wetlands full of wildlife and even under the International Bridge.

Bring family and friends to explore this oasis of nature in a different way: rent a fat bike at the Sault Ste. Marie canal!