Don’t pass on parks

A park pass has value, a writer says.

To the Editor,

Nature Canada has joined with Parks Canada and the Historica-Dominion Institute to give every Grade 8 student in Canada a free pass to any Parks Canada-administered national park or national historic site.

The pass is good for a whole year, and so the family doesn’t feel left out, students can flash their pass for an instant discount on a daily family or group pass, too.

With 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas across the country, there are many things one can do with a My Parks Pass.

Sharing My Parks Pass experiences through photos and stories on the My Parks Pass Web site (www.myparkspass.ca) can qualify someone for prizes too.

The passes were distributed to schools across the country, so if you have a Grade 8 student in your house, he or she should have it by now.

Any Grade 8 students, including home schooled students who were missed during the distribution, can request a My Parks Pass through the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or information@pc.gc.ca.

As Canadians, we are remarkably fortunate to have abundant opportunities to connect with nature.

For so many of us, some of our favourite childhood memories involve being outdoors —

and children today can still have those same memorable moments.

Ian Davidson,

Executive Director, Nature Canada