Spend the Summer in a Park

By / Magazine / August 13th, 2013 / 2

When was the last time you spent time in a National Park? With so many dotting the country, Canadians have easy access to nature and all the activities that can be enjoyed within them.

Did you know…

Contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, help mitigate disease, and reduce stress levels.

Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial parks contribute $4.9 billion to our Gross Domestic Product, $2.9 billion in labour income and $337 million in revenue.

Nature plays a pivotal role in nurturing relationships by bringing people together and it improves our mood and sense of belonging.

Nature purifies the air we breathe and the water we drink, provides protection from floods, regulates climate, and stores carbon to help offset climate change.

Nature offers spiritual comfort that is good for the soul and draws us outward, reminding us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

Our parks are among the oldest in the world and have existed for more than a century. Here in Canada one million km sq of our natural landscape are protected through a system of parks and thousands of family-friendly parks are open for Canadians to explore and recharge.

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