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Barachois Provincial Park in western Newfoundland is one of the province's 32 provincial parks.
The provincial government is planning to celebrate six decades of service for its parks and natural areas division Thursday.
The event, dubbed Parks Proud — 60 Years of Service, will take pace at Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park, located around 16 kilometres past Cormack on Route 422 in western Newfoundland.
Environment and Conservation Minister Vaughn Granter will take part in recognizing the milestones and achievements from 1954 to 2014 of the division within his portfolio. The event starts at 10 a.m.
The province’s network of provincial parks and natural areas includes 13 camping parks, seven day-use parks, the T'Railway Provincial Park, the Main River Waterway Provincial Park and 10 park reserves, totalling 32 provincial parks. The division is also responsible for two wilderness reserves and 18 ecological reserves that protect significant seabird colonies, rare plants and significant fossil sites.