Visit Canada’s National Parks for FREE in 2017

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Canada is known for its gorgeous national parks, so the country is marking its 150th birthday by giving visitors free passes. You can hike, bike, camp, kayak, and soak up all the natural wonders your heart desires without paying a penny in admission next year.

Nahanni National Park, photo via Flickr by hatchard

Happy Birthday, Canada!

It seems to have been Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea. He wrote this to the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna:

“Make admission for all visitors to National Parks free in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Beginning in 2018, ensure that admission for children under 18 is free, and provide any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months one year’s free admission.”

Pacific Rim National Park, image via Flickr by curacumba

This includes some truly epic parks, like Banff (pictured above), Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia, the arctic Auyuittuq National Park, the “paddler’s paradise” Nahanni National Park Reserve, and many more.


Start planning your  2017 adventures!

Here are four of the top guidebooks to Canada and her National Parks, so you can begin planning your adventures and enjoy the sweet anticipation.

Passes purchased this year are already being extended to the end of 2017 to begin the celebration. Regular prices have been  $67 for an adult, with discounts for seniors, youth, and groups or families.

If you’ve been considering a visit to any of Canada’s majestic parks, 2017 will be the perfect time to go. No birthday gift necessary.


Top photo by Andrew E. Larsen via Flickr. All images used under Creative Commons license.

Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer. She has been traveling the world, living out of a backpack, since May of 2013. She loves to travel on a budget, learning about different cultures and cuisines.

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