In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Parks Canada has announced that 2016 annual passes will be valid for two full years. That means prospective annual passholders can buy a 2016 Discovery Pass and it won’t expire until the end of 2017!
An annual adult pass costs $67.70. Family and group passes are priced at $136.40. Seniors pay $57.90 and youths, $33.30. Passholders have unlimited access to nearly 100 national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country that normally charge entry fees.
This offer comes straight from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who instructed Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to make admission for all visitors to National Parks free in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Some of the beautiful parks across this country just waiting to be explored include:
Gwaii Haanas National Park, British Columbia – the earliest threads of Haida culture can be traced back 12 millennia to this spectacular rainforest. It’s moss-draped cedars, soaring Sitkas and ancient totem poles are jointly protected by Parks Canada and Haida Nation.
Banff National Park, Alberta – Canada’s very first national park spans 6,641 sq. km. and boasts mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, meadows and glaciers, making it one of the country’s top tourism magnets.
Aulavik National Park of Canada, Northwest Territories – In Inuvialuktun, Aulavik means “place where people travel.” Here, a spiraling 12,000 sq. km. of protected Arctic lowlands is home to the highest density of muskoxen in the world.
Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia – West Coast beach lovers, unite. This coastal shoreline on the western edge of Vancouver Island brings together both sandy and rocky beaches and a mountainous horizon for those who yearn to be closer to the Pacific.
To find out more about other National Parks in Canada, visit www.pc.gc.ca