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Parks Canada and Canada Post celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kootenay National Park’s establishment

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202015 Views

From: Parks Canada

New From Far and Wide stamp series commemorates iconic locations throughout Canada including Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park.

January 13, 2020 Radium Hot Springs, BC Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada celebrated the start of Kootenay National Park’s 100th anniversary today in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. In the presence of members of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Nations, members of the Radium Hot Springs Village Council, representatives from Canada Post and Columbia Valley residents, a new stamp was unveiled commemorating 100 years since the park’s establishment.

Kootenay National Park is a land of contrasts, stretching from the glaciers of the Great Divide to the semi-arid grasslands of the Columbia Valley. The park offers world-class hiking, stunning scenery and a lively and diverse history. Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and these special places tell the stories of Canada, including the histories, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Canada Post’s stamp series From Far and Wide features an image of Floe Lake from Kootenay National Park’s iconic Rockwall trail to commemorate the celebration year. Stamps are available at all Canada Post locations and for purchase online at www.canadapost.ca.

Throughout 2020, Parks Canada will be hosting activities and events in Kootenay National Park to celebrate the anniversary. For more information on upcoming events or how to get involved in the centennial celebration, visit our website.

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“The Government of Canada is pleased to celebrate Kootenay National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2020. The story of what is now Kootenay National Park also extends well beyond the past century and includes the relationship Indigenous people have with this land. In 2020, we invite visitors to enjoy the many special activities and events that will commemorate the park’s establishment and reflect on the special nature and history of the area.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Kootenay National Park was established with the signing of an agreement to build the Banff-Windermere Highway (Highway 93 South) connecting British Columbia and Alberta on April 21, 1920.
  • When the road opened in 1923, more than 4500 vehicles travelled the highway that year. Today, more than 500,000 people visit Kootenay National Park every year.
  • Kootenay National Park is part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

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Contacts

Lesley Matheson
Parks Canada Agency
403-431-2325
lesley.matheson@canada.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
pc.medias-media.pc@canada.ca

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