Parks Canada Celebrates 100th Birthday

19 May 2011

This year, Parks Canada is celebrating its 100th birthday and its establishment in 1911 as the first national parks service in the world! Parks Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas from coast to coast will join in the nation-wide celebration to mark the centennial anniversary. It’s a great time to get out and explore a part of your national heritage.

Entrance fees to all Parks Canada sites are waived across the country on Canada Day, July 1, and Parks Day, July 16.

Here are some of the events that will help to ensure your experiences in the national parks and national historic sites of Newfoundland and Labrador will be unforgettable this summer:

  • On May 19, visit Signal Hill National Historic Site for the official launch of Parks Canada’s 100th birthday celebrations in Newfoundland and the return of the Noon Day Gun to the site.
  • Also on May 19, during Norris Point’s popular community festival Trails, Tales and Tunes, take part in some special activities to mark Parks Canada’s birthday. The “Birthday Bash in the Boreal” will include:

    9 a.m. Parks Canada staff lead 40 Gros Morne Academy students to Baker’s Brook Falls moose exclosure.

    10-12 a.m. Walk in the woods with a Parks Canada naturalist at Berry Hill Pond

    12-2 p.m. Mural making at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, followed by birthday cake!

    8 p.m. Parks Canada Outta Sight Trivia Night at the Cat Stop Pub. 
  • Later in the Trails, Tales and Tunes festival, George Woodhouse will make an appearance. He is the Nova Scotia student who recently won a Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society national contest with his rap video “Tales from the Trailz” about Gros Morne National Park. Visit the festival website at: to learn more. 
  • On May 21, the public is invited to a centennial birthday party in Terra Nova National Park at the Nature House in Newman Sound Campground for fun activities and birthday cake!
  • National Aboriginal Day is June 21. Come and experience 5000 years of Aboriginal culture at Port au Choix National Historic Site. It’s a great chance to see some of the amazing new landscape exhibits. 
  • On June 25 and 26, Signal Hill and Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Sites will be hosting their first annual Whale Festival with special events, family fun, prizes and more. 
  • On July 1, it’s Happy Birthday Canada! We are inviting you to join us to celebrate and enjoy an outdoor concert and fireworks at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse in Gros Morne National Park. If you are in eastern Newfoundland, visit Terra Nova National Park for Canada Day celebrations and activities and entertainment for all ages. 
  • Join us for Parks Day at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site on July 16. There will be fireworks, food and fun for the whole family. 
  • In Eastern Newfoundland, enjoy Parks Day, July 16 at Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada with a Garden Party! Enjoy costumed interpreters bringing history to life, the traditional music of the Cape Shore Boys, reminiscences on life as a fisherman with Fisherman’s Corner and the work of “Making Fish”. 
  • On July 16, Parks Day there will also be a Shed Party at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse in Gros Morne National Park. Celebrate the heritage of the people of the coast with an evening of live music and local food. 
  • Join us on July 23 in Terra Nova National Park and experience a full day of family fun! Terra Nova National Park will be hosting an evening outdoor concert at Newman Sound Day Use Area featuring the Masterless Men. 
  • Join Parks Canada’s interpreters at the Newfoundland Folk Festival in St. John's August 5-7, where you can explore the province’s Aboriginal culture in our national parks and national historic sites. Our interpreters will be back to host the children’s activity area, emcee one of the main stage events, lead a sing-along of nature-inspired songs, and in light of the festival’s theme, Port au Choix National Historic Site will be represented through a session on traditional Aboriginal crafts. 
  • On August 20 and 21 during Famous Forts weekend visit Signal Hill National Historic Site and watch as military animators participate in a nationwide artillery demo from Signal Hill National Historic Site in Newfoundland to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site on Vancouver Island. 
  • Visit Castle Hill National Historic Site on September 24-25 to experience the excitement and energy of battle as French and British military interpreters present a series of tactical drills, or, visit an historic military encampment and experience the daily life of a soldier from the eighteenth century.

For information:
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Events
Penny McIsaac Parks Canada
(709) 458-3495