Just in time for Halloween, Parks Canada is celebrating Bat Week from October 24 to 31! Bats can be found at several Parks Canada sites. Parks Canada is helping bats by protecting their breeding and hibernation sites, monitoring bat populations, and educating the public about bats. Bat Week is a fun way to let people know about the work Parks Canada is doing, and to share information about bats with our visitors.
Between October 24-28, visitors to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site can choose to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt, in celebration of Bat Week. Six bats (stuffed – not the real kind!) will be located around the Cannery displays (in the Fishing the West Coast gallery) along with interesting tidbits of bat trivia. Visitors who participate will look for the bats, find the answers to six trivia questions, and bring their completed answer sheets back to Front Desk for some bat swag… stickers, temporary tattoos and zipper pulls (while quantities last!). Participation is included in museum admission.
Some fun facts:
- Did you know that some bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in an hour??
- Do you think the expression “Blind as a bat” is true or false?” Come to the Cannery to find out!
- Did you know that bats rarely land on the ground because they cannot walk very well?