People have long been inspired by the wonder that is the Canadian landscape. Even today, we continue to be awed by the marvels that nature provides. However, in the hustle and bustle of every-day life, it is easy to forget that there is a world beyond our computers – beyond money and cars and material things. There is an old Native American saying that states:
“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”
It’s not often that we reflect on how lucky we are to be surrounded by multiple lakes of fresh water that we eagerly drink, and trees that clean the very air we breathe. On Canada’s Parks Day, The Duke of Ed wants to take a moment with you to appreciate the nature that informs our very essence as Canadians.
An annual event that falls on the 3rd Saturday of every July, Canada’s Parks Day was first celebrated in 1990, and continues in the present as an event where thousands of people participate in fun and educational events throughout parks and historic sites across the country. The activities today highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to improved health and overall well-being. Together, we must learn to cohabitate within nature. We often forget that human beings exist within the habitat of our eco-systems, and Canada’s Parks Day is the perfect time to remember they we do not own the planet – we are a part of it.
Follow the links below to find a Parks Day event near you.