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