Cross-Canada Virtual Road Trip

Cross-Canada Virtual Road Trip

April 7th – May 14th, 2021

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The Road Trip Destinations

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Kouchibouguac National Park

Ever wonder what hides under the cool veil of winter snow?

River Otter Monitoring project: A Great Ecological Indicator

April 7th @ 11:00am eastern

Kouchibouguac National Park’s conservation team is always peering under the surface for clues of wildlife activity. In the winter, they are hard at work, searching for signs of otter families. River otters serve as excellent indicators of the ecological integrity of freshwater ecosystems. As semi-aquatic, top-level predators, otters prey upon a wide range of freshwater organisms. River otters remain active throughout the year, but detection of fresh activity signs is simplified in the winter because of the inconspicuous, corridor-like tracks each animal leaves in the snow. The presence of river otters indicates that the park is in good ecological health! Participate in our virtual presentation to learn more!

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Pingo Canadian Landmark

Ever wondered what its like to look out from Canada’s coolest landmark?

Adventure to the Arctic Ocean

April 20th @ 11:00am eastern

Grab your parka, some snowshoes, a sled and join us for an adventure like no other to learn about Canada’s only National Landmark! For this adventure we will be heading north on Canada’s only road to the Arctic Ocean to answer the important questions like, what is a pingo? Why are they here? Why do they need protecting? These questions and more will be answered on our tundra adventure and you will get to see how Parks Canada works with the Inuvialuit and other partners to monitor the coolest polar feature on the landscape!

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Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

The Quarantine at Grosse Île: 105 Years of Sciences

April 21st @ 1:00pm eastern

For 105 years, the Grosse Île quarantine station played a central role in fighting the spread of contagious diseases introduced into Canada by ships of people on their immigration journey through the port of Québec. The development of the Grosse Île quarantine station helped to advance scientific medical knowledge and technology. Get ready to explore the science and immigration history of Grosse Île’s quarantine station and how the lessons and practices of the past have changed and impact us today. You’ll even get to see the islanders who shaped the history of the quarantine station and immigration to Canada!

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Nahanni National Park Reserve

Journey down the South Nahanni River

April 27th @ 11:00am eastern

Nahanni National Park Reserve is the predilection place for all water trippers thirsty for a punch of adrenaline.Your travel will bring you through canyons, white-water waves classed 4, open gates carved in the mountains, canyon with mystic and legendary names such as Deadmen Valley, Headless Range, The Gates, Broken skull river, and much more. Many exciting legends and stories related to the area will be shared through the journey. For the Dehcho Dene First Nation, those names are more than just names, they are encrypted with local legends that excite the imagination.

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Saguenay−St. Lawrence Marine Park

Belugas and the Whales of the St. Lawrence River

May 4th @ 1:30pm eastern

Did you know that the Saguenay−St. Lawrence Marine Park is one of the world’s best places for whale watching? Discover which species of whales can be seen there and the secret of their long annual journey. You will learn more about the St. Lawrence beluga whale, an endangered species, and how it can be protected.

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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse

National Historic Sites

Meet two very different families who have called the Juan de Fuca Strait home!

Highways and Home: Life Above and Below the Juan de Fuca Strait

May 5th @ 11:00am eastern

Join Parks Canada interpreters at the oldest permanent lighthouse on the west coast of Canada! Fisgard Lighthouse lights the way into Esquimalt Harbour and looks out over the Juan de Fuca Strait, a busy highway for ships to navigate on their way to Victoria. This area is also home to the lighthouse keepers and their families, and Joy the Orca, along with the rest of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. While the families of Fisgard lived ashore in the lighthouse, Joy and her family continue to call the waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait home. Join us in learning about the challenges and strengths that these local residents face!

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Kejimkujik Seaside National Park

Not your typical day at the beach!

May 6th @ 11:00am eastern

Put some sunscreen on, grab a hat, binoculars and camera, sit comfortably on your chair, and join us for a fun day at the beach! This tour will take you to one of the most beautiful white sandy beach of Nova Scotia. Be ready to make surprising discoveries around the mysteries that lie within the sand found here, and you will be invited to explore what lives under the shoreline rocks. A hidden world of bivalves, seaweed, and crustaceans awaits you! Kejimkujik Seaside is located in Mi’kmaki, the unceeded territory of the Mik’maq people, and you will learn about their connection to this land and its resources.

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Jasper National Park

Frankie Thunderbowl: the Mystery of the Missing Caribou

May 11th @ 11:00am eastern

Students will join a detective and uncover the reasons why caribou are disappearing in Jasper National Park. Is it wolves? Avalanches? Loneliness? They will discover what makes this species vulnerable, and the answer is… it’s complicated. We will explore what is being done in Jasper National Park to help the caribou herds survive and thrive.

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Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Beausoleil Island National Historic Site

Learn how to make a 5000 year old Flint Arrowhead, with Shawn.

The Art of Flint Knapping

May 12th @ 11:00am eastern

Learn about the tools, techniques, and basics of making stone arrowheads; the same as Indigenous people did on Beausoleil Island over 5000 years ago. See Shawn Corbiere (Ojibway) make a Flint Arrowhead, and attach it to an arrow with pine resin, and sinew. Ask him questions about the traditional lives of Ojibway people in the Georigan Bay Region of Ontario.

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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Join us at the base of the World’s Tallest Hydraulic Lift Lock to commemorate more than a century of navigation along one of the finest historic waterways in Canada.

Live at the Lift Lock: Welcome to the next 100 years

May 14th @ 11:00am eastern

A little over a century ago, in July 1920, a ship called the Irene left Lake Ontario at Trenton and began a 17-day voyage north towards Georgian Bay. Irene passed through all 45 locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway and became the first ship to complete the 386km journey from end to end.

Today the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site is as active as ever, with thousands of boaters and paddlers coming every season to travel one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Every historic lock on the TSW uses much of the same engineering to move boats up and down as it did 100 years ago, and it’s just one of those things you have to see to believe.

Help us commemorate Irene’s voyage by learning more about how the locks work and how Parks Canada maintains and operates this complex waterway. While you’re with us, get an up close look at the iconic Peterborough Lift Lock — our awe-inspiring giant of the Waterway!

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