Holiday water report 2018
HOLIDAY WATER: PARKS CANADA SAW RECORD NUMBERS IN 2017 AND LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING FAMILIES THIS YEAR
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By Cori Marshall
The warm summer weather is almost upon us, and with the sunny season families and friends head to the outdoors for fun and relaxation. National and provincial parks are a popular destination, and we spoke with Parks Canada (PC) about the 2018 outlook and the state of the drinking water in their parks.
Laurent R. Cardinal, Media Relations officer with PC, said that their "potable water guidelines and standards are built on the principles outlined in Health Canada's Guidance for providing safe drinking water in areas of federal jurisdiction."
If there are issues with the drinking water Cardinal assured that "Parks Canada has policies and procedures in place to directly respond to emergency situations such as averse test results in our potable water system." Should an advisory be issued at a PC site ", notification signs would be posted at all locations where water can be accessed," Cardinal said. Signs would also be placed at strategic points in the parks themselves to inform the public.
Cardinal underlined that "visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada."
2017 was a particular year, it was the 150th anniversary of Confederation and with that Canadians had free admission to all PC sites. Cardinal said that the invitation "resulted in record visitation numbers across the Parks Canada network."
"Nationally, in 2017, Parks Canada welcomed approximately 27 million visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, an increase of 11%," Cardinal said.
Cardinal explained that "in 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families and the importance of our protected places with free admission to all Parks Canada's places for youth 17 and under." This year PC will "offer free admission or lockage for one day at Parks Canada places across the country, [...] this is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Park Canada."
Cardinal said that "in celebration of diversity, Parks Canada will continue to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Cultural Access Pass Program."
Though 2017 saw record numbers of Canadians visit Parks places Cardinal said that "though they cannot speculate on visitation numbers for 2018 Parks Canda looks forward to welcoming families and their children to experience the outdoors and learn about their natural and cultural heritage."