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Posted: August 5, 2016

Where is your natural happy place?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has launched a campaign it hopes will be a catalyst for people to spend more time outside in British Columbia.

The not-for-profit land conservation group wants people and families to share their #NaturalHappyPlace, along with photos and a short description of the sites.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has created an interactive map of the country. People are invited to place pins on it to mark their favourite spots, for everybody to see.

The goal is to have it become a crowd-sourced guide to our nation’s favorite places in nature and a valuable resource to give people and families ideas of places to visit this summer.

“Many Canadians have a natural space they hold dear. A special trail, a secluded waterfall, a cottage beach; we all cherish nature for our own reasons,” said John Lounds, President and CEO with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “We want to inspire people to share their special places in nature, and create a living guide so that everybody can experience these destinations for themselves.”

The Nature Conservancy of Canada encourages people to also explore and enjoy our publicly accessible conservation sites in British Columbia for light recreational use, such as hiking, walking, photography, observing wildlife, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking or even playing Pokémon GO for those who wish to be outdoors and be in front of their screens.

“British Columbia is home to some of the country’s most incredible natural settings. This summer, join us in celebrating our magnificent outdoors by sharing your favorite escapes in nature. I’ve already added my #NaturalHappyPlace to our map, and I encourage everyone to get involved. I’m excited see where other Canadians go to connect with nature,” added Columbia Valley resident Nancy Newhouse, Senior Director of Conservation in BC for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

As a further incentive to participate, all submissions will be entered into a contest draw for a four night luxury getaway for two people.

The winner will have a choice of either the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta or Fairmont Le Château Montebello, in Montebello, Quebec.

How #NaturalHappyPlace works:

– Take a picture of a place in nature that inspires you.

– Add it to our map one of the following ways:

Upload your photo directly to NCC’s Facebook page, or on our website.

Share it on Twitter or Instagram, by using the Hashtag #NaturalHappyPlace and tagging both the location and @NCC_CNC . Make sure the geolocation is enabled.

Deadline for submissions is September 12; however, the map will still remain available for viewing after the contest closes.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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