As the days slip by and we find ourselves well entrenched into our fall routine, I have fleeting thoughts of our summer road trip. Living in Alberta, we often hit Banff, Jasper, and Waterton National Parks, as well as visits to Revelstoke, Kootenay, Glacier, and Yoho due to our great fortune of being in close proximity, only a day’s drive away.
In the wake of Canada 150, we switched it up this past summer and we drove east with intentions of seeing some of the National Parks that aren’t as easy for us to access. Regrettably, we didn’t make it as far as Newfoundland, however we managed to see some of the parks on our stops. We visited the following National Parks: Riding Mountain, Pukaskwa, Fundy, Cape-Breton Highlands, Kouchibouguac, Forillon, and La Mauricie.
Every park offered a unique perspective of our country and a glimpse of the diverse geography found from east to west. The parks were a great collection of the beauty and attractive features of the provinces we visited, namely, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The kids collected booklets with engaging outdoor activities along the way. The parks were a wonderful depiction of the regions we found ourselves in and not a single one was disappointing. It doesn’t matter where you are in Canada, there is a National Park a day’s drive away, and if you haven’t done it, I strongly urge you to take the time and go visit one.
Beside their inherent beauty, each park included interesting pieces of our Canadian history, culture, and the foundation for what our country represents. In addition, the Canadian National Parks have something for everyone. I feel very fortunate that the government has worked to preserve these areas for Canadians and foreigners to gain a deeper appreciation of the geography that makes up our fine country.
This past summer, one of the fun things that kept my kids engaged were the Red Chairs. The minute we would park it in a National Park, the kids were on the lookout for them. This was an initiative by Parks Canada to place red chairs throughout the parks to allow visitors to “connect with nature in the country’s most unique and treasured places.”
It turns out that the Red Chair project started because Gros Morne National Park in NFLD placed chairs around their parks and visitors started seeking them out. Well, great job Parks Canada, because that worked for my kids too! They would seek them out. And with today's connection to social media, this outstanding idea became fun to post and see other’s post.
And so, thank you Parks Canada!!
If you get out and head to a National Park, don’t forget to take a load off and plant your cheeks in a set of red chairs. Then take a picture and share it with a hashtag (#ShareTheChair) on facebook, instagram, twitter or whatever your choice of social media is because, well…it’s fun!
Here are some of our Red Chair finds from the summer:
Thank you Parks Canada!!
We will continue to look for the Red Chairs in the West!
And if you find them, don't forget to #SHARETHECHAIR !