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Park dreaming instead of day dreaming

Working for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, it has definitely opened my eyes to the beauty of our country. Before I started at CPAWS, the idea of “Canada” seemed foreign to me. I know that seems absurd, but it’s the truth. When I thought of Canada, the images that came to mind were my friends' cottages, snow and hockey.  The actual country and its land never occurred to me. For this reason, whenever I planned my getaways, I always thought of going abroad. I would dream of trips to Boston or Italy. Until about a year ago, I didn’t grasp exactly how absolutely stunning Canada is, and how lucky we are to have such a gorgeous country that is so vast and so varied in temperature, scenery, culture, and that is so easily accessible through our National Parks system. 

Since working with CPAWS this has changed. Through the people I’ve met, the stories I’ve heard, the issues I’ve learned about, and the successes I’ve been a part of, it’s like a veil has been lifted from my eyes! When I look at the things on my bucket list today, they all stem from my own backyard. I want to hike on the Jasper Skyline Trail, and skate on the frozen ice in Banff. I NEED to see the stunning wildlife and jaw dropping beauty of the Yukon, and paddle through the majestic Nahanni.  At first, these spaces that we protect seemed so distant to me.  But as I learned more about them, and got to experience them through the eyes and stories of others, I realized that all these spaces are what make Canada Canada!

The opportunity to open the eyes and the minds of others to the experiences that await them in each of our national parks makes me extremely excited about CPAWS’ Park Dreams Contest: What’s on your bucket list?

In celebration of Parks Canada’s 100th Birthday, CPAWS is asking you to share your dream national park experience.  Share in 50 words or less your dream experience that you wish to have in a national park and be eligible to win the grand prize trip for two to the Nahanni courtesy of Nahanni River Adventures.

Visit and start dreaming!