Visitors come to Canada from around the globe; our country known for its breathtaking geography, amazing wildlife, and untouched wilderness. With lakes, tundra, forests, and prairies, visitors can try a wide variety of different activities such as canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking, or horseback riding (just to name a few).Although we are surrounded by amazing geography, Canadians (me included) often get so focused on our busy lives (work, chores, and technology based entertainment) that we forget to enjoy the stunning natural environment that is right at our doorsteps. Therefore, on July 19th, Canada’s Parks Day, I challenge you (and your family/friends) to get outside and spend the day or weekend at a park. You can go to a national park, a provincial park, or even a city park; anywhere outside that you can get together with family and friends to celebrate and take advantage of the opportunities that parks provide to us!
There are lots of good resources and things to do in every community. Have a look at BC Parks for example to assist you in finding an activity you’d like to do.
Being active in a park is a breeze. Having the kids take advantage of the playground equipment or going for a hike are popular, but don’t forget activities like kayaking, biking, and beach volleyball. Sure you might get some dirt on your pants, or a mosquito bite, but being active outdoors is all about the experience. Visiting a park not only provides physical health benefits, but being active, especially in the outdoors, also provides positive benefits for one’s mental wellbeing.
So go out and have fun, and get a little dirty, then brag about it and share some photos on our facebook page.
References and resources
Canadian Park Counsel: Connecting Canadians with Nature. An Investment in the Well Being of our Citizens