Friday, 27 July 2012

Along the trail

Just a few images from the Highlands National Park of Cape awe-inspiring destination for all ages. The new Parks Canada Xplorer program for kids is really fantastic, and we want to give them kudos for doing a great job engaging young visitors to the national parks and historic sites. So far we have done the program at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Highlands park, and Louisbourg National Historic site, as well as at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

The Bell Museum program was really wonderful, and included not only the activity book and lots of fun hands-on activities in the exhibits, but also had the children making their own kites and flying them on a hill overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. They even created their own tetra cell hats. My kids now know what a tetra cell is. I did not even know what it was, and therefore am most likely spelling it wrong. That Bell fellow was certainly an overachiever, destined to make the rest of us feel forever like slackers.

We were also impressed with park staff in the Highlands who made a special effort to spend time with our daughters, looking at all of their drawings with great appreciation and then filling out special Xplorer certificates for each. Fabulous program, Parks Canada!

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