Parks Canada merchandise – your purchase helps conservation!
Parks Canada official merchandise was created as a meaningful outlet for expressing Canadians' pride and support for their country’s incredible natural spaces and heritage places.
There are multiple ways Canadians and international visitors can purchase Parks Canada official merchandise: online through the Parks Canada Shop, or in stores owned and managed by Parks Canada or other retailers.
Since 2017, Parks Canada has reinvested 100% of its profits from the sale of official merchandise into programs and conservation projects at Parks Canada administered places. Here are some of these projects.
In 2023, online proceeds support efforts to reduce mountain goat mortality on the Trans-Canada highway in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. Mountain goats are known to descend to the highway for salt, which is essential for a healthy diet. To keep goats off the highway, Parks Canada is placing mineral licks (salt intended for animal consumption) in safer locations along their usual paths. This is just one action Parks Canada ecologists are taking to help keep mountain goats safe along the Trans-Canada Highway and reconnect their natural travel corridors.
In 2022, online purchases will support research on shark species found around Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. With about sixteen shark species in British Columbia waters, underwater video footage will help ecologists better understand which species are visiting the islands. As climate change impacts marine dynamics, understanding the sharks living in Canadian waters will allow us to gain a deeper understanding on how to protect the wider marine ecosystem.
In 2021, purchases support the scientific monitoring of the St. Lawrence beluga whale at Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. From the shore, the Parks Canada research team studies how this endangered species socializes, feeds, and rests. They also characterize recreational boat and ship traffic. Monitoring helps better understand the natural habitat of the beluga whale to put into place strong conservation measures.
At Grasslands National Park, prescribed fire has improved grassland habitat for birds and some iconic prairie species including bison and the super-cute (and threatened) black-tailed prairie dog. Prescribed fire helps restore grassland biodiversity and reduce combustible grasses that contribute to uncontrollable wildfires.
In Kluane National Park and Reserve, proceeds helped fund genetic research of the kokanee salmon to determine viable recovery options. Parks Canada is concerned about declining numbers and the genetic health of the current population.
Point Pelee National Park enlisted the help of experts who recommended new measures to make the local habitat safer for turtles, which will also benefit the park’s snakes, frogs, toads and the endangered five-lined skink, a tiny lizard familiar to the area.
Find out more about conservation projects supported by the Parks Canada Shop.
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