Parks Canada's youth ambassadors were in Ottawa for Canada Day, speaking to young people about what it means to be Canadian.

Julia Belliveau and Colin Sutherland are travelling across the country, visiting national parks, historic sites and conservation areas. Sutherland is a 23-year-old graduate student from Ottawa.


Colin Sutherland and Julia Belliveau were speaking to young people about what it means to be Canadian. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

The pair has visited six national parks since becoming Parks Canada's ambassadors in May.

"We've got a chance to see all kinds of different landscapes and people here in Canada. We've had a chance to visit and talk with a lot of young people in our country," Sutherland said.

On Monday, the two youth ambassadors approached young Canadians on Parliament Hill and shared their cross-country experiences.

Travel in Canada promoted

Sutherland said not all young people realize the range of exciting travel destinations throughout Canada.

"A lot of people make fun of (our generation) because they think we're attached to our phones and to our computers, but we also love to travel. And I think it's important to remind people that there's so many great places to go here in our own country," Sutherland said.

While in Ottawa, the pair asked youth about what it means to be Canadian. Belliveau, a 19-year-old Carleton University student, said her own perspective on Canada has changed during her time as a Parks Canada ambassador.

"I always thought I had a good understanding of what it is to be Canadian," Belliveau said. "But now, just from the couple travels we've been on, and especially today being here in Ottawa on Parliament Hill, it just makes you love your country 10 times more."

Sutherland and Belliveau have been sharing their travel experiences through social media. They're planning to post a video on YouTube of their conversations with young Canadians in Ottawa.