In light of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Government in collaboration with Parks Canada — the official home of all things outdoorsy across the nation — have decided to give everyone a free pass to all the endless nature that Canada has to offer.
With the 2017 Discovery Pass, you can get unlimited admission to all 46 national parks, four national marine conservation areas and 162 national historic sites all across Canada, and is valid throughout the whole year. In addition to the Discovery Pass, Seasonal Lockage Permits give you access to lock systems in all of the national historic canals are also available for free.
After ordering the little green card, hanging it from your rear-view mirror or presenting it on your dashboard and actually getting to any one of the 212 locations, you and whoever you can manage to squeeze into your car or boat will have unlimited opportunities to explore and adventure through Canada.
Ontario alone has 44 of the national sites — majority being historic ones — and of those 44, some are even located in the Niagara Region.
Many, if not all of the national parks include access to hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming, photography, skiing and so much more. For additional fees not covered by the pass, camping is also available.
Canada is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, spanning hundreds of kilometers, as well as thousands of species of wildlife and vast ecological environments. The best way to get to know your country is by going out and discovering it for yourself, and that is exactly what Parks Canada wants you to do.
What is not included with free admission and free lockage in 2017?
Regular fees still apply for other experiences and services including the following:
-Camping, backcountry, and other accommodations
-Admission to Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
-Guided tours, hikes, and programs not usually included with admission
-Backcountry overnight use
10 popular parks across the country!
1) Banff National Park – Alberta
2) Bruce Peninsula National Park – Ontario
3) Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Nova Scotia
4) Fundy National Park – New Brunswick
5) Glacier National Park – British Columbia
6) Jasper National Park – Alberta
7) Mount Revelstoke National Park – British Columbia
8) Prince Edward Island National Park – Prince Edward Island
9) Wood Buffalo National Park – Northwest Territories
10) Yoho National Park – British Columbia
Wood Buffalo National Park, which borders both Alberta and the Northwest Territories, is the largest national park in Canada, and only second largest in the world, with an overall size greater than Switzerland.
For more information about Parks Canada and where your 2017 Discovery Pass can be used, visit www.pc.gc.ca