No matter the weather, enjoying the natural beauty at some of Nova Scotia’s 120 provincial parks is a great way to celebrate July 1. “There were one-and-a-half million visits to provincial parks last year, proving they can be great fun and a great value for visitors,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. With a mix of day parks and overnight camping parks, visitors will find traditional activities such as swimming, camping, hiking and much more. Geocaching, an outdoor activity that is becoming more popular every year, marries nature, technology and problem solving in a way that is fun for people of all ages. Park visitors can check off their finds in a geocache passport and submit completed passports to receive a medallion. This holiday weekend, especially on Canada Day, there is a wide variety of activities available. At Five Islands park, on the Bay of Fundy, for example, families can find new appreciation for Nova Scotia’s aboriginal communities, learn about the Great Creator and Mother Earth, and participate in the talking circle. At Whycocomagh, Inverness Co., people can try a yurt, a round, domed shelter originally used by nomads that is becoming increasingly popular with campers. Yurts can be reserved, throughout the parks season, for $58.20 per night for four people and up to $79.40 per night for six people. Regardless of the park, there is fun and opportunities for everyone. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-544-3434 or online at www.novascotiaparks.ca, which also provides more information about park events. In the case of inclement weather, visit the website and follow the Events link to ensure they will go ahead as scheduled.