Monday , 27 September 2021

Churchill Provincial Park sticks to ‘non-personal programming’ this summer

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park will be sitting out this year in celebrating Parks Day.

Parks Day happens on the third Saturday every July, and it is a day for parks nationwide to host an event that brings families together to get them out and appreciating nature.

In the past, parks have had sand-castle building competitions, scavenger hunts, and informative talks about how to stay safe in the wilderness.

Due to COVID-19, a lot of parks are taking it slow when it comes to hosting events. This year, only one park in Alberta will be having a Parks Day event, and that is William A. Switzer PP in Yellowhead County.

Jaclyn Denman, the Alberta Parks Development Officer, says they are only focusing on non-personal programming at this time, and that’s why they won’t be hosting an event for Parks Day.

“We don’t want to host programs that gather groups together,” said Denman.

“We are only doing non-personal programming and interacting with campers more directly.”

Non-personal programming includes brochures, self-guided hikes, and individual campsite visits from Visitor Services staff members with props and other information as well.

Although there is no Parks Day event at Sir Winston Churchill PP, people are still taking the time to visit the park and all that amenities it has.

“All sites have been pretty busy, but there are some sites still available here and there at most campgrounds, but of course they do book up fast,” said Denman.

“We hope the weather is great and campers and local residents can get out to visit their favourite parks across the northeast region.”

To reserve a campsite, or for more information on campsite availability, visit the Alberta Parks website, or call 1-877-537-2757.

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