Parks Canada Offering Free Admission in 2017

Jan 25, 2017 View Comments by

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, last year we launched In Pursuit of Wildness, a new series about exploring our country’s national parks on two wheels. Penned by Robert Griego, a motorcyclist who spent 35 and a half years with the National Park Service, we’ve covered Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and more.

Parks Canada Discovery PassNow, Parks Canada is making national park exploration even easier. The organization is offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations, inviting visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Parks Canada manages 47 national parks, four national marine conservation areas, and 171 national historic sites, including 12 of Canada’s 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can find the entire list of locations online. Discovery Passes can be ordered online or picked up at a variety of locations across Canada. The passes waive admission fees, but regular fees for other services still apply, including:

  • Camping, backcountry, and other accommodations
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission
  • Firewood
  • Backcountry overnight use

In the past month, the Parks Canada website has experienced an influx of visitors eager to get a pass. It should be more calm now, but if you experience any delays in accessing the site, don’t worry—this isn’t a time-sensitive offer! There are plenty of passes to go around and they can be ordered or picked up all year.

To learn more, visit Parks Canada.

Image: Parks Canada


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