What do you give Canada for a present for their 150th? The Liberal government announced yesterday that admission to all National Parks in 2017 will be free! Beginning in 2018, admission for children under 18 will be free, and any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months will be given one year’s free admission.
The Liberals also announced that they will be reversing Stephen Harper’s cuts to Parks Canada (which totalled more than $25 million from programs and services), and will invest $25 million each year to develop Canada’s National Parks system, as well as manage and expand National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries.
To top things off, they also said they would work with nearby communities to help grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs, and work with the Ontario government to create the country’s first urban National Park, Rouge National Park.
Each year for Canada Day, Parks Canada offers free admission, but this is quite the surprise! Be sure to take advantage of this and visit stunning locations such as Banff National Park, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Gros Morne, Kejimkujik, Mount Revelstoke and more!