Reeve Bob Bodnaruk, the R.M. of Springfield, Her Honour, The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, The Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development, Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn, the R.M. of St. Clements and Honourable Ron R. Schuler Minister of Crown Services and MLA for St. Paul. (Submitted Photo)
Birds Hill Provincial Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend with a number of events and a special tree planting.
“Birds Hill Provincial Park is our busiest park and for good reason,” said Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox in a press release Saturday. “Over the past 50 years, it has evolved into the beautifully maintained and welcoming destination it is today. It is truly a favoured spot for summer and winter fun, and a jewel for the province of Manitoba. I invite all Manitobans to join me in celebrating Birds Hill Park’s anniversary this weekend.”
Since its creation, Birds Hill Provincial Park has played host to numerous notable Manitoba events including several sports from the 1967 and 1999 Pan American Games, a mass by Pope John Paul in 1984 and 44 years of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which debuted in the park in 1974. This summer, it will serve as the venue for the open swim, triathlon and cycling competitions for the Canada Summer Games from July 28 to Aug. 13.
The celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary include a variety of special events and presentations, including a special tree planting ceremony with Cox and Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon. A specially developed maple tree with characteristics made for the Manitoba climate has been donated by the lieutenant-governor as part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Tree Project and was planted at the Overlook Site on North Drive on Saturday.
The Birds Hill Park celebrations coincide with Canada’s Parks Day and the Manitoba government’s free entry to provincial parks weekend. Park vehicle permits will not be required for admissions to provincial parks this weekend, however nightly camping fees still apply and regular fees still apply at national parks.
A full list of activities and interpretive events organized as part of Canada’s Parks Day celebrations at parks around the province can be found online at www.manitobaparks.com.