National Parks Day on Beaubears Island

On July 18, Parks Canada honours their National Parks and Historic Sites across the country in an annual event where thousands of people participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country.

Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.

Beaubears Island plans to spread the cheer as they celebrate the unique ecosystem of the Island in a series of trail-based nature experiences on the hour at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

These excursions will be led by Friends of Beaubears Island Board Members Ken Walker and Jim Saunders.

Mr. Saunders has been working on a life science inventory of the Island since 2016, and has done a good deal of research on the relational ecology seen all over this enclave at the forks of the Miramichi River.

Meanwhile, Mr. Walker has spent much of the last three years looking at the geology of the Island, while also investigating the microbiology of this National Historic Site; some may know him as the host of “The Living Island” seen on Beaubears Island’s social media platforms on Tuesday afternoons.

Blackburnian Warbler

The tours will pay particular attention to biological associations, particularly across species and between the plant and animal kingdoms, and speak to the continual regeneration that takes place on the island.

With more than 50 different species of birds seen on the Island each season, and over 300 species of vascular plants, it’s always fulfilling to witness life returning to its annual abundance while strolling among the sentinel pines.

Excursions, at special reduced rates, will take place aboard the Rustler pontoon boat.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, the Friends of Beaubears Island will open the doors of the Interpretive Centre, providing access to interactive displays and a host of historical data, at no charge for this special day.

In compliance with existing guidelines, and wishing the safety of both our staff and our guests, all of our programs will offered to one ‘bubble’ at a time.

Multiple guides will be onsite to facilitate time staggered tours, should more than one ‘bubble’ arrive at one time.

For more information on this, and other programs during the summer, call the Interpretive Centre at 622-8526 or visit

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