By 2030, about 15 new national parks will be created in Canada – and they will all be incredibly close to home. As part of a সরকারের 130-million federal government initiative to create urban parks in each province and region, Parks Canada Has started consulting with stakeholders in major cities across the country. The goal is to ensure access to green space for all Canadians, and the proposed sites include River Valley in Edmonton (already Canada’s largest urban park) and Miwasin Valley in Saskatoon. A national urban park already exists: GTA’s Rouge National Urban Park, with plans to improve a new visitor center, park-wide trail network and Glen Rouge campground.
History that travels
Last month, the Royal BC Museum announced that its $ 789-million conversion would begin in September 2022 and end in 2030, but since then, plans for public consultation have been put on hold. In the meantime, its exhibits – including “BC’s Marvelous Mushrooms” and “Our Living Languages”, which tell the story of the disrupted language in BC – will tour the province.
Take a hike
The East Coast Trail in Newfoundland has been lengthened with the addition of a new 52-kilometer section from Cape St. Francis to Topsail Beach. First launched in 1994, the 336-kilometer trail system consists of 25 different trails that connect the coastal communities of the Avalon Peninsula, taking visitors past historical sites, fjords and marine colonies. Although the trail can be completed in part during the day’s mountaineering, the new White Horse Path from Bouline to Cape St. Francis – which is considered the most difficult – has a desert campsite with a tent platform. Once completed, the East Coast Trail will be 540 kilometers long.
Amendment – June 26, 2022: This column was edited to reflect that the extensive renovation of the Royal BC Museum has been put on hold for public consultation.
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