“Parks Day is a time to celebrate what makes Alberta so special: our magnificent landscapes, wild spaces and world-class outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains to the badlands, prairies to boreal forest, our provincial parks allow Albertans and visitors to access and enjoy our province’s natural beauty.

“I encourage Albertans to explore the hundreds of parks and recreation areas our province has to offer, and to learn more about Alberta’s wildlife, biodiversity and history by taking part in the special events planned for this celebration.

“Parks are for people to enjoy, to experience and to explore. To ensure their future sustainability, it is important to make strategic investments that prioritize the delivery of high-quality and low-cost recreation experiences while adhering to our strict conservation values. That’s why our government is investing more than $210 million over three years to improve and expand recreation in and access to provincial parks and Crown land across the province. We are committed to ensuring Albertans and visitors alike can continue to enjoy our parks now and in the future.

“This year marks the 55th anniversary of interpretive programming in Alberta’s parks. Several of our parks recently received Awards of Excellence from Interpretation Canada for their amphitheatre shows, including Dinosaur Provincial Park, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and Kananaskis Country. From guided tours and hikes to educational programs, our parks offer unique experiences for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

“Provincial parks and recreation areas benefit every Albertan, supporting physical, mental and social well-being while attracting visitors from around the world and contributing to the provincial economy. They are some of our greatest treasures, and I hope that everyone will find time to get outside and enjoy them on this special day.

“The Alberta Parks site includes a list of events in a park near you and I hope you’ll find one and visit. Happy Parks Day!"