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Parks Day 1997 will be celebrated on Saturday, July 19, at
several provincial parks across Nova Scotia.

"Parks Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate and enjoy
the parks in our province," said Natural Resources Minister
Eleanor Norrie. "They are nature's resorts and I encourage all
Nova Scotians to use and enjoy them often."

There are about 120 parks in the provincial system, ranging from
small roadside picnic sites to large campgrounds and beaches.

For many years the third Saturday in July has been set aside to
celebrate Parks Day in national, provincial, territorial, and
municipal parks across Canada.

Highlighting this year's Parks Day is the official opening of
Nova Scotia's newest park, Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, near
East Port L'Hebert in Queens County. A ceremony beginning at 11
a.m. at the park will include special speakers, a flag-raising
and other activities.

A number of special events are planned for Parks Day under the
Parks Are For People program and the Take A Hike, A Parks Day

Halifax County -an all-day outdoor recreation festival at Dollar
Lake Provincial Park and a beach volleyball tournament at Rainbow
Haven Beach Provincial Park.

Colchester County -the Gorge Trail scavenger hike at Five Islands
Provincial Park.

Kings County -a kite-making workshop at Blomidon Provincial Park.

Cumberland County -the Seagull Pewter triathlon at Gulf Shore
Provincial Park.

Richmond County -a walking tour at Battery Provincial Park.

Lunenburg County -a nature hike at Graves Island Provincial Park.
Guysborough County -a hoedown on the hill and fireworks at
Boylston Provincial Park.

The Parks Are For People program involves more than 40 community
groups and organizations sponsoring 96 events during the park

A complete schedule of events and locations for the program is
available at Department of Natural Resources offices and at
tourist information centres.


Contact: Susan Hruszowy
         Parks specialist

         Susan Mader Zinck
         Information officer

sab                         July 16, 1997         1:20 p.m.