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Discover Parks Canada

450 000 km² of stories

Summer 2023

Savour the beauty of Canada

A view of a cascading river in Kluane National Park and Reserve, with mountains in the backdrop.

Enter for your chance to WIN 1 of 3 Parks Canada getaways! As part of the Nutella® Savour the Beauty of Canada contest, you can win*:

  • transportation to the destination of your choice
  • accommodations
  • a Parks Canada Discovery Pass
  • and much more!

Enter today

Contest in collaboration with: Nutella logo

*See contest rules and regulations / Photo: Jared Hail

Summer events and activities

Two young adult women on the Kingsmere Rail Cart Portage on the Kingsmere River in Prince Albert National Park.

Looking for fun ideas this summer? We’re here to help! Check out these camping activities and workshops, outdoor adventures, and paddling excursions for all from coast to coast to coast. Your story starts here!

A child learns to secure a tent with the help of a Parks Canada employee.

Learn-to Camp activities

Two road cyclists stop and pose for a photo on the Norquay road in Banff National Park.

Summer adventures

A girl splashes her friend in a raft with her paddle on Lake Edith in Jasper National Park.

Paddling gems

New collectible crests and posters

Colourful crests representing different national parks and sites are laid out on a map of Canada.

Add new vintage crests and posters to your collection! Let these colourful conversation starters tell the stories of your summer adventures with family and friends. Get yours at the Parks Canada Shop while quantities last!

Throughout 2023, merchandise proceeds support efforts to keep mountain goats off the highway in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

Meet Parks Canada’s Climate Crew

Video: Parks Canada Climate crew.

Explore climate change solutions from a hopeful new perspective as Parks Canada scientists showcase the power of nature. Learn about the people, species and habitats facing climate change and how you can help. Watch Parks Canada’s Climate Crew video series today!

Every place has a story

Visitors with an Indigenous interpreter inside a wigwam at Anishinaabe Camp in Pukaskwa National Park.

Mark your calendar, Historic Places Days starts on July 8! More than 170 national historic sites administered by Parks Canada share stories that help us understand the past. Visit us this summer and experience history through artifacts, expert interpreters, unique locations, and distinctive architecture. Not sure where to start? Try one of these cool things to do in a national historic site!

Parks Canada week at MEC

A father and daughter complete Chilkoot Trail hike with high fives, at Lake Bennett.

Take advantage of Parks Canada week at MEC! From June 20-25, Parks Canada Discovery Pass holders can benefit from a 10% discount at MEC stores across the country. Start the season off right with welcoming staff and expert advice.

Don’t have a Discovery Pass yet? No worries! You can buy it at all stores.

In collaboration with: MEC logo

Spotlight on…

Klondike National Historic Sites

Five sites capture the stories of the Klondike Gold Rush and the tens of thousands of people who travelled far and wide seeking fortune.

Visitors in front of a historic building, part of the Dawson Historical complex.
Gold rush nostalgia

The past lives on as the Klondike commemorates the 125th anniversary of the gold rush!

Colourful buildings line old-time boardwalks in Dawson City, where the past meets the present. The discovery of gold sparked a gold rush that saw some 50,000 gold seekers stampede north – vastly impacting the people and landscape.

Multiple national historic sites preserve this legacy.

An interior view of the Commissioner’s residence, a classified federal heritage building in Dawson.
History rewritten

Explore history in a new light with the Red Serge, Red Tape program. Offered at the historic Commissioner’s Residence, this program takes a critical look at the impacts of colonialism on the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people. Created with guidance from the community, it’s part of the ongoing work to decolonize the stories told about the past.

Learn about the story you may not have heard.

An interpreter leads a walking tour of Historic Downtown Dawson.
A trip back in time

Discover engineering marvels that followed the discovery of gold or step back in time and walk in the footsteps of early gold seekers to explore restored gold rush-era buildings. Better yet, hike the Discovery Claim Trail to the exact location where the first gold nugget was found at Gah dëk (Discovery Claim) on Bonanza Creek.

Find more great activities in this one-of-a-kind location.