Canada’s Parks Day takes place on the third Saturday of July each year. Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event where thousands of people participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.
While the Canada Park Day events aren’t catered to climbers, climbers can certainly celebrate our great parks by climbing one of the many routes found in them. Most of our climbing areas are located in Provincial or National Parks and it takes big money and time to maintain the park spaces. From The Chief in Squamish to Yamnuska in the Bow Valley, most of western Canada’s climbing areas are within a national or provincial park. The crags in Ontario to Newfoundland are on a mix of crown and park land, but most popular areas are managed by some form of park. We are lucky in Canada to have so many amazing places to climb, so get out there and climb some of them this weekend. Watch Will Stanhope solo High Plains Drifter in the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.