Hop in the Earth Rangers Time Machine

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Oh good! You’re here. You arrived just in time to join us for an awesome time-travelling adventure! Earlier today, we were doing our Scavenger Hunt Showdown at Banff National Park…speaking of which, have you accepted this Mission yet? It’s so cool! You do a scavenger hunt against some of the most famous Mission Mascots to see who will be the Ultimate Scavenger Hunt Champion!

 

Anyways, where was I? Oh, that’s right! We were in Banff and we started wondering what the park was like waaaay back when it was first created. Then we thought “why daydream when we have the Earth Rangers Time Machine right here?”

So hop in, buckle your seat belt and let’s get ready to go on a time-travelling tour of Canada’s national park system. Let’s punch in the date for our first stop: 1-8-8-5!

 

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Whoa! Travelling back in time always makes me dizzy. Let me just get my balance…there we go!

The year is 1885 and we’re hanging out at the natural hot springs in Banff, the site of Canada’s first national park! Right now, only the area around these hot springs is protected, but in two years it will grow 26 times bigger to include mountains, rivers and forests!

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It’s now 1911 and the government has just created the Dominion Parks Branch. This group (known as Parks Canada in our time) is responsible for looking after and managing the parks. Not only is this Canada’s first park service, it’s the first one in the WORLD!

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OK, we’ve jumped ahead to 1930, and the National Parks Act has just been passed and our parks system is starting to look more like the one we’re used to. Now, it really focuses on the importance of protecting the animals and land within its boundaries.

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Phew! We’re back in our time. Over the years, our national park system has exploded from just 1 national park in 1885 to 47 today. Plus, we have over 150 special historic sites! Pretty cool, right?

Flip through the slideshow to see some of our coolest parks!

Psst! These are great places to do your Scavenger Hunt Showdown!

 
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Yoho National Park, British Columbia

In addition to waterfalls, lakes and a historic railroad, this park is also home to the Burgess Shale, an area famous for its fossils, some of which are from creatures that lived over 500 million years ago! Photo Credit: Mark A. Wilson

Wood Buffalo Park, Alberta
Wood Buffalo Park, Alberta

Coming in at 45,000 km2, Wood Buffalo is the largest national park in Canada. It is bigger than Switzerland and stretches from northern Alberta into the Northwest Territories! Photo Credit: Ansgar Walk

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

This is the first national park to protect our mixed-grass prairies. It is home to pronghorns, bison, swift foxes, burrowing owls, sage-grouse, and the only remaining black-tailed prairie dog colonies in Canada.

Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Wapusk National Park, Manitoba

Located on the shores of Hudson Bay, Wapusk is a popular spot for the polar bears, with up to 1000 visiting at some point in the year. It is also home to arctic foxes, hares, wolves, wolverines and caribou. Photo Credit: Ansgar Walk

Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario
Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario

The smallest of all of our national parks, this cluster of islands has an area less than 14 km2. That’s 45 times smaller than the area of Toronto!

La Mauricie National Park, Quebec
La Mauricie National Park, Quebec

This park is home to over 150 different lakes! Hear loon calls echoing off tall cliffs, swim underneath rushing waterfalls, and listen for the songs of owls and wolves throughout the night. Photo Credit: Fralambert

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

This park is home to the highest tides in the world, with water levels rising and falling up to 15 meters, or 50 feet, in one day. That’s about three times as tall as a giraffe! Photo Credit: Danielle Langlois

Sable Island National Park Reserve, Nova Scotia
Sable Island National Park Reserve, Nova Scotia

This sliver-shaped island is home to about 500 wild horses. It has also been the site of over 350 recorded shipwrecks, earning it the nickname of “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Photo Credit: Paul Gierszewski

Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Running along the coast of PEI, this park is an important area for birds, and is home to a famous Canadian literary landmark, Green Gables – bet you can guess which book we’re talking about! Photo Credit: Bonnie Moreland

Torngat Mountains National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
Torngat Mountains National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

This park is located at the very top of Labrador and is home to some of the world’s oldest rocks – scientists have discovered some that are almost 4 billion years old! Photo Credit: Paul Gierszewski

Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut
Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut

The word Quttinirpaaq translates to “top of the world”. It is located on Ellesmere Island and is the second most northern park in the world (after Northeast Greenland National Park). Photo Credit: Paul Gierszewski

Nahanni National Park, Northwest Territories
Nahanni National Park, Northwest Territories

Did you know that Virginia Falls, located in Nahanni National Park, is almost twice as tall as Niagara Falls? This waterfall is 96 m (315 ft) tall and 269m (850 ft) wide! Photo Credit: Paul Gierszewski

Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon

Kluane is home to Canada’s highest peak (Mount Logan), the world’s largest non-polar ice field, and has the largest genetically diverse population of grizzly bears in all of North America! Photo Credit: Steffen Schreyer

 

Which Canadian national park would YOU most like to visit? Leave us a comment below!

 

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  1. I’m wondering if, since it’s Dec,15th for me, I might be able to find out what the new way to protect animals is?