The annual Parks Day celebration occurred at Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park July 16. A beautiful sunny day greeted over 150 visitors. Several displays to educate the public, as well as games, entertained visitors. Parks staff served hotdogs, beverages and cake from noon to 3 p.m.
An inquisitive Kaydence Knysh, 2 1/2, of Fort Saskatchewan, peers into a tray at the bug identification display. Here is one little girl not afraid of the creepy-crawlies!
Brothers Connor Andruchow, 5, left, and Brody Andruchow, 3, find a raven during the scavenger hunt. Brody examines his list to see how many items are left. The boys are from Ardrossan, Alta.
Seven year-old Zakk Smith, left, of High Prairie, and Dontae Smith, 8, of Enilda, admire the animal furs at an Alberta Parks display. Furs of animals and skulls of birds were on display.
They will huff and puff … until they make their balloon boat! Nine-year-old Brady Whelen, left, of Devon, and Lincoln Maclin-Van Dolder, also of Devon, play a game at the Junior Forest Wardens display.
Education is part of Parks Day festivities. Above, Lachlan Halliday, 7, of Peace River, washes a boat while brother Liam Halliday, 10, washes it by squirting water. Parks interpreter Marika Olynyk shows how thick Quagga mussels can grow. So far, they are not in Alberta.
Alberta Parks booth clerks Jamie Peterson, left, and Kelsey Friesen cut the Parks Day cake before serving to visitors. Freson Bros. donated the cake and other supplies for the lunch enjoyed by everyone. Other Parks staff employees did the cooking.