HI-C Pacific Mountain Region has been working closely with Parks Canada for years and in 2009 discussions took place with our staff and Parks Canada to update and formalize our working relationship. A new MOU for Western Canada was signed on May 19, 2010 along with a partnering agreement.
Parks Canada is located in every province and territory of Canada and is able to potentially work with all five of our regions.
The aim of this MOU is to develop collaborative activities in a variety of areas, such as: public education programs and events, aboriginal programs, conservation initiatives, exhibit development, scientific research, public communication, marketing and staff exchanges.
Since the signing of the MOU several activities have already taken place under the different areas described above which highlight the "Difference We Make" and demonstrate the joint investment made, such as:
The collaboration on the first phase of our Educator-in-Residence program in our wilderness properties. The wilderness managers took part in the training and educational sessions about Jasper and Banff National Parks so that they could conduct educational sessions and talk with authority about the parks with our members and guests when staying at our properties.
A joint meeting with the HI-PM Board and Jasper National Park senior staff facilitated mutual learning.
On the public educational programs HI-PM are using the Parks Canada school curriculum modules and are currently modifying them for use in our school programs marketing to schools in Alberta for stays in our wilderness hostels in Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks.
We collaborated with Parks Canada on their outreach to new Canadians program by introducing them to Parks and a hostelling experience. This winter we hosted a group of new Canadians at our HI-Mosquito Creek wilderness hostel. The weekend adventure exposed participants to a Canadian winter in the Rockies, to snow-shoeing and to the geography and fauna of the area. See the attached photo. On the strength of that we are currently under discussions for a similar experience in a Jasper Park wilderness hostel next winter.
HI-Pacific Mountain has also commenced a trial as a reseller of daily and annual park passes in limited hostel locations for their members and guests at a discounted rate under an agreement with Parks Canada.
As part of the agreement and to provide awareness to others surfing our sites we have agreed to links on each other's websites see links below.
Other links and info
Parks Canada is a world leader in managing protected areas and continues to work to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.