Canada Day gives us an opportunity to come together to celebrate what makes us proud and, above all, what unites us.
Today, Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, welcomed visitors back to the annual Canada Day Sunrise Event at Signal Hill National Historic Site. Now in its 40th year, this treasured local tradition welcomes visitors to view the first sunrise in the country, the first of many special events taking place in communities across the country on Canada Day.
Participants also commemorated Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador, with special recognition and remembrance of the heroic sacrifice of the Newfoundland Regiment soldiers at the Battle of the Somme, on July 1, 1916, during the First World War. Out of some 800 soldiers from the regiment who went into battle on that fateful day, only 68 were able to answer roll call the next morning.
Parks Canada’s national historic sites share the stories of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to connect with, and learn more about, our diverse history. The Government of Canada offers free admission to Parks Canada’s places on July 1. In addition, admission to all Parks Canada’s places is free for youth 17 and under every day of the year.
To have a memorable Canada Day and summer, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance to make the most of their Parks Canada experience. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees. The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available.