FREE ENTRY TO MANITOBA PROVINCIAL PARKS THIS WEEKEND

Manitobans and visitors alike are invited to take advantage of free access to all provincial parks this weekend as part of the annual Canada’s Parks Day celebrations across the country, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

Visitors to provincial parks will not require park vehicle permits from July 20 to 22. Nightly camping fees and fees in national parks still apply.

Manitoba’s provincial parks offer numerous interpretive programs including guided experiences and tours, campfire talks and amphitheatre presentations designed to connect visitors to each park’s natural, cultural and historical resources.

Highlights of the interpretive programs available this weekend include events such as:

  • a guided tour of the Trappist Monastery Ruins Provincial Heritage Park on Saturday afternoon;
  • an interactive family program on geology and glaciation at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Saturday evening;
  • presentations on the history of the boardwalk at Grand Beach Provincial Park, the history of Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park, pollinators and insects at Spruce Woods Provincial Park and trapping and furbearing animals with local trappers in Whiteshell Provincial Park; and
  • guided walks of the Pine Ridge Trail in Birds Hill Provincial Park, the Hecla Village in Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park, the Spirit Sands in Spruce Woods Provincial Park and the Bannock Point Petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Several campgrounds also have special Parks Day-themed celebrations planned. Information on Parks Day events is available at park and campground offices and online at www.manitobaparks.com.

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