To celebrate Canada’s 150th, Parks Canada gave everyone a pretty cool gift. Simply head over to their website to order a free ‘Discovery Pass’ which will let you enter any of their 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four marine conservation areas, one national urban park and eight historic canals.
It seems everyone we chat with has heard about the Discovery Pass, however there are two important things that many people keep getting wrong about the free pass…
- The Discovery Pass gives you free day-use admission to parks and includes some pretty awesome backcountry to explore. If the park offers camping opportunities, you still have to reserve a site and pay a fee (reservation system launches in January). Firewood is still a separate cost as well.
- Parks Canada is a National Park system, which means the Discovery Pass does not include your local provincial park. BC Parks, Saskatchewan Parks, Manitoba Parks, Ontario Parks, Sepaq, Nova Scotia Provincial Parks, New Brunswick Provincial Parks and PEI Parks locations are not included when it comes to free entry.
Even if you don’t have a Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass now, they will also be available throughout the 2017 at Parks Canada locations and through their partners. That’s 365 days to explore new locations across Canada so make the most of it!