CB Minute



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Welcome to the first issue! CB Minute is about keeping our partners and stakeholders informed of what’s happening at Parks Canada places in Cape Breton and Canso. Read on – help us spread the word!

Discover our special places this year This year is shaping up to be an exceptional year to visit our special places in Cape Breton and Canso! The free 2017 Discovery Pass is available on the Parks Canada website, at Parks Canada entry gates, visitor centres, national historic sites, and at these pick-up locations. We look forward to seeing you out and about! Parks Canada kicks-off the 2017 season! It’s already May long weekend, which is the traditional kick off of the visitor season! It’s also the first weekend for camping in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We want happy campers so we are encouraging visitors to make camping reservations early by booking on-line at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca

Dr. Roberta Bondar at the Bell Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is proud to be hosting Dr. Roberta Bondar, her photo exhibit and a special musical performance in July. Dr. Bondar, Order of Canada recipient, made history as the first Canadian female astronaut and first neurologist in space! Stay tuned for more on our Facebook page. Trip Plan like a Pro 1)        Have your Discovery Pass on hand or pick one up upon arrival. 2)        Download our Activity Guides to plan your visit, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ns 3)        Book your campsite or overnight accommodations early. 4)        On your way, stop at our visitor centre to show us your pass and receive helpful information. 5)        Don’t miss a thing! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover what’s happening at the site nearest you. In Your Community Our Parks Canada Outreach Team will be out in full force this summer participating in community festivals and activities in Cape Breton and Canso. For more information or to see if the Outreach Team is available to attend an event near you, contact Ida LeLièvre at 902-224-4220 or ida.lelievre@pc.gc.ca.

Cabot Trail Relay — May 27-28 Twelve hundred runners (70 teams) will make their way over the 298 km of winding road and steep hills of the Cabot Trail and through Cape Breton Highlands National Park for the 30th running of the Cabot Trail Relay. Parks Canada wishes everyone a safe and fun run. Hats off to the Cabot Trail Relay Association for their great work!  www.cabottrailrelay.com

Learn to Camp One of the best ways to discover some of Canada’s most beautiful natural heritage areas is by spending the night under the stars in one of Parks Canada’s places. Starry nights, breathtaking views, tons of activities and a chance to bond with your family around an open campfire. Experience the joy of camping overnight…join us on June 24-25 at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site for Learn-to-Camp. For more information and to register call 902-733-3552 or visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/learntocamp Stay tuned for a Learn-to-Camp in Cape Breton Highlands National Park July15-16!

St. Peters Canal Bridge Work continues to replace the St. Peters Canal swing bridge. The opening is delayed until June 15. We apologize for the inconvenience. Once open, this major bridge replacement will greatly improve the experience for thousands of visitors to, and residents of, Cape Breton Island for years to come. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to complete this project.

Keep it safe, Keep it wild Observing wildlife can be the highlight of your visit to a national park. Here are some quick tips to stay safe and keep wildlife wild: 1. NEVER feed the wildlife – feeding wildlife in a National Park is actually illegal 2. Educate yourself about the wildlife in the park you will be visiting.   3. ALWAYS keep your dog on a leash at all times.   4. Hike during the day 5. Make noise – travel in groups. 6. Do not approach wildlife – try to stay at least 30m away from large animals and 100m away from bears – so NO SELFIES! 7. Carry bear spray when hiking and camping and know how to use it. 8. Keep a clear campsite – store all wildlife attractants (food, garbage, dishes, and toiletries) 9. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times 10. Check in with Parks Canada on site for safety tips and up to date advisories