Celebrate Canada 150 with a Family Fun Day at Shallow Bay in Gros Morne National Park

Includes performances by Juno award winners the Swinging Belles and author Dave Paddon

Gros Morne National Park will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation on August 26th, 2017 with a Family Fun Day!! The event will take place at Shallow Bay Campground Day Use Area near Cow Head, and will include performances by JUNO award-winning children’s performers The Swinging Belles and storyteller and children’s author Dave Paddon. The day will end with a Perseids Pyjama Party, a fun interpretative activity designed to introduce children to the wonders of the night sky!

The event will start at 1:00 p.m. and will include a scavenger hunt, barbecue, and evening campfire. And as we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, there will, of course, be birthday cake! Please bring your own blankets and chairs for seating.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places in 2017. The free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas across the country.

Your free pass includes admission to this event. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP on the Event’s website.


Quick Facts

  • The Swinging Belles are a JUNO award-winning children’s swing band from St. John’s, NL. In 2015, the group, consisting of Laura Winter, Erin Power, and Duane Andrews, won the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year, and in 2016, the JUNO Children’s Album of the Year, for the album More Sheep, Less Sleep.  
  • Dave Paddon is a writer and performer of traditional Newfoundland and Labrador recitations. He has published several chapbooks of his original stories and his first childrens’ book, Ralph, Flying Hound (2016), was chosen by the TD Kids Summer Reading Club as one of their ‘top 10 picks for 2017’. As part of that honour, Ralph will be featured in about 2000 public libraries across Canada this summer.
  • Gros Morne National Park is a 1,805 square kilometre protected heritage area on Newfoundland’s west coast. It stretches inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline through lowlands where waterways snake towards the Long Range Mountains and Tablelands. Natural beauty and a unique geological showcase earned Gros Morne a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1987

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