CPC & CHRS Congress 2024

Canadian Parks Council &
Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Collaborating for Abundance in the Parks System

October 1 - 4, 2024

Glynmill Inn
Corner Brook, NL

© Dru Kennedy Photography

We acknowledge that the lands and waters on which we gather are the homelands of the traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

Planning Committee Contacts

CPC Contacts

CHRS Contacts

Karin Smith: karin.smith@pc.gc.ca


The Canadian Parks Council & Canadian Heritage Rivers Congress 2024 seamlessly blends annual general meetings with transformative and immersive development workshops. The Canadian Parks Council Annual General Meeting is mandatory for board members as per the Canadian Parks Council by-laws. Similarly, the CHRS Annual General Meeting is mandatory for board members as per the Canadian Heritage Rivers System Principles, Procedures and Operations Guidelines.

Attending in-person demonstrates a commitment to the boards and their missions, signaling dedication and leadership. In-person participation also enables board members to fully immerse themselves in analyzing key issues and challenges facing parks and river systems through face-to-face communication and collaboration.

Recommended Arrival & Departure Dates and Times

CPC Board Members

Arrival (Tuesday Oct 1)

CPC Board Members are encouraged to arrive by 12h00 on October 1st for an informal lunch. At 13h00, a Governance and Strategic Planning session will commence.

Departure (Friday Oct 4)

CPC Board Members are highly encouraged to stay until 12h00 on October 4th to participate in committee meetings and the PARKS+ Capstone Project Response Panel. An informal lunch will also be available from 12h00 to 13h00, followed by an intergenerational dialogue, which concludes at 13h30.

Additionally, CPC Board Members are welcome to join a dinner with the PARKS+ Collective participants at 18h00  (at own expense).

CPC Award Recipients

Arrival (Wednesday Oct 2)

CPC Award Recipients are encouraged to arrive by 12h00 (Oct 2) to attend and an informal lunch and a collaborative workshop that may be of high interest. 

If arriving by 12h00 is not possible, arriving by 17h00 is required as the award dinner and ceremony starts at 18h00. Note: one guest is allowed to attend the ceremony with award recipients (complimentary)

Departure (Thursday Oct 3 or Friday Oct 4)

CPC Award Recipients are welcome to join the field tour on Thursday October 3rd. Please note that this is a full day event and we don’t anticipate returning to the Glynmill Inn until the late evening. Please note that guests of Award Recipients are welcome to join the tour for a fee of $175.

CHRS Board Members & TPC Members

Arrival (Tuesday Oct 1)

CHRS Board Members are encouraged to arrive by 12h00 on Oct 1 for an informal lunch. Attendance is required by 13h00 for the CHRS AGM.

Departure (Friday Oct 4)

CHRS does not have any required sessions scheduled for Friday, October 4th; members can depart after breakfast. Departure on Friday is recommended, as the field tour will conclude late Thursday evening.

Field Tour Information

The field tour is about deepening relationships through a shared experience. The destinations have been chosen for their exemplary transformative work and relativeness to CPC & CHRS missions and values: 

Barachois Provincial Park:

  • Solar Park and sustainability

Gros Morne National Park Visitor Centre:

  • Sustainable tourism
  • Renovated visitor centre with Indigenous content

Norris Point and Bonne Bay:

  • Research collaborations
  • Unique research sites


  • Award recipients are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join the tour. Guests of award recipients are also welcome, however, are subject to a $175 fee to join the tour
  • Guests of board members are not permitted to join the tour


The Parks Leadership Development Program, hosted by the PARKS+ Collective, will take place alongside the 2024 Congress. This arrangement is both time- and cost-effective, offering park directors the unique opportunity to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and engage in work sessions with fellow park leaders from across jurisdictions.

Panel Opportunities

Capstone Project Response Panel

PARKS+ Leadership participants are working on capstone team projects that address key challenges and opportunities within Parks.

On Friday Oct 4th at 10h30, CPC Board Directors will have the highly valuable opportunity to attend the PARKS+ leaders' capstone project presentations and provide feedback.


The Glynmill Inn

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

The Glynmill Inn, with “unparalleled ambiance in old English style,” juts up through the maples in the center of Corner Brook’s majesty. Nestled in a panoramic garden, the white and green Tudor-style roof peaks will warmly invite you to come by. It seems as though the city of Corner Brook has grown around us, yet afforded us seclusion. Surrounded by trees and our own pond, the Glynmill Inn offers the intimacy of a tranquil resort.

On March 31, 2001, The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador designated The Glynmill Inn a Registered Heritage Structure.

Reservation Information

  • Call to reserve your room:
    • (709) 634 – 5181 OR;
    • 1 (800) 563 – 4400 (toll-free)
  • Mention you are booking with the CPC/CHRS Congress to receive the group rate
  • Rate: $136 +tax /night
  • Book by: August 30, 2024
  • Cancellations must be 72 hours prior to arrival date
  • Check-in time is 4:00 pm
  • Check-out time is 11:00 am


Flying into Deer Lake at Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF) and securing ground transport to the Glynmill Inn is the most convenient route for arrival.

If you are a local and/or arriving by car, free parking is available onsite. 

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is available with Star Taxi between Deer Lake Airport and Glynmill Inn. The shuttle costs $35 per person per way. 
Shuttle times: 
  • Departing from Deer Lake Airport: 9:00am / 12:00pm / 2:30pm / 9:00pm / 1:30am
  • Departing from Glynmill Inn: 3:00am / 6:00am / 10:30am / 1:30pm / 6:00pm 

Note: Travel time is approximately 45 minutes from the airport to the Glynmill Inn.

To reserve a seat on the shuttle:

  • Reservations are required 24-48 hours in advance
  • Call Star Taxi: (709) 634-4343


CPC & CHRS Member and Representative Registration: $275

CPC and CHRS cover the majority of the event costs for this event.  However, a new registration fee will cover the remaining meals during the congress to ensure that time is optimized and focus remains on key decision-making, workshop deliverables and networking opportunities. 

The registration fee does not include accommodations or the shuttle; these must be booked individually. 


** All board members and their respective attendees must pay the full registration fee. This fee includes all meals throughout the congress, as well as the field tour. The registration fee is fixed and cannot be adjusted for any meals or sessions that individuals may choose to skip.

Planning to attend virtually? The registration fee will be waived.

Please register by July 30, 2024

Guest Registration: $175

Guest registration is intended for friends and family who may be joining board members in Newfoundland.

Guest registration is inclusive of:

  • 3 breakfasts with CPC/CHRS members (Oct 2, 3 & 4)
  • Admission and meals for the Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony (Oct 2)

If a guest is joining you in Newfoundland, but will not be attending the reception or ceremony no registration fee applies. All guests joining breakfasts and attending the Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony Dinner must complete a registration form.

Please register by July 30, 2024

Award Recipient and Guest Registration: $0-$175

Award Recipient

Award recipient registration is inclusive of:

Wednesday Oct 2

  • Lunch at the Glynmill Inn
  • Admission to afternoon sessions with CPC and/or CHRS members
  • Admission and meals for the Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony 

Thursday Oct 3 (optional)

  • Field tour: inclusive of all meals

Please register by July 30, 2024

Award Recipient Guest

Award recipient guest registration is inclusive of:

Wednesday Oct 2

  • Admission and meals for the Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony 

Thursday Oct 3 (optional; $175)

  • Field tour: inclusive of all meals
  • Note: guests of Award Recipients are welcome to join the tour for a fee of $175.

If you will not be attending the field tour, no registration fee applies. All guests must complete a registration form. 

Please register by July 30, 2024


Yes! In fact, we would appreciate prompt registration to best finalize our bookings. We will follow-up with you on any outstanding registration fees.

To encourage networking and engaging conversation amongst our members, the field trip is reserved for CPC & CHRS members only. 

Please note that all workshops and sessions are also exclusive to CPC & CHRS members. Guests, however, are invited to attend the Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony. 

  • For CPC or sponsorship specific inquiries, please contact Jen Cureton
  • For CHRS specific inquiries, please contact Karin Smith


Thank you to our sponsors for their unwavering commitment and partnership to the CPC. We are honoured to have their support for the CPC & CHRS Congress 2024.