In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, the Federal Government has made admission to Parks Canada locations free, for the 2017 season.
Even though there is no admission, all Canadians must still order all their passes online and will be sent priority mail. These passes are good for coast to coast, and will cover each passenger in the vehicle or those arriving together at a marine conservation area or historic site, until December 31, 2017. Activities such as camping, boat launch access, or parking that carry separate fees will not be covered by the pass.
Even though there is no charge for 2017 passes, visitors will require to have a pass as it is a requirement to have a permit to enter a National Park. Also, by having visitors ordering passes, it gives Parks a chance to anticipate expected volumes at certain parks so they can plan and staff appropriately.
Since December 1, 2016, 600,000 park passes have been ordered since the program rolled out; 2016 pass holders will not be required to order these new passes as their current passes are valid for two years. Ed Jager, Director of Visitor Experience, Parks Canada says even though you will be able to get passes at park gates, it will be much more efficient and time saving for the vistors to order the passes online.
Jager says the program is designed to get people out rediscovering the parks and find some new hidden gems.
"We are really excited about 2017. We know Canadians love their National Parks and Historic Sites, and we think the best way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of our great country is to visit them."
To order your pass, click here.