Discovery Pass. Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary from Coast to Coast to Coast

Canada 150

The 2017 Discovery Pass is a free ticket to some of our country’s most treasured destinations. Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites, and Marine Conservation areas will be open for exploration to all who wish to venture there, 100% gratis.

‘Parks Canada team looks forward to welcoming Canadians and international visitors at national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas where they can experience Canada’s outdoors, fun for the whole family and memorable ways to get closer to Canada’s history in 2017.’ (media release)

canada150pmsoffice“To celebrate our country’s 150th birthday, the Government of Canada is offering the gift of free admission to all Parks Canada places to Canadians. It is fantastic that so many people are excited about free admission and my hope is that every Canadian family will visit a national park, historic site or marine conservation area in 2017.” stated Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

parkscanadaThe Discovery Pass is available online at the Parks Canada website as well as at the gates and visitor centres of Canada’s National Parks until the end of 2017.

People are encouraged to share their outings and explorations via social media, using the hashtag #DiscoveryPass and #Canada150 when posting to facebook, twitter, and instagram.

National Parks are a country-wide system of representative natural areas of Canadian significance. By law, they are protected for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, while being maintained in an unimpaired state for future generations. National Parks have existed in Canada for well over a century.

‘In managing national parks, Parks Canada is mandated to maintain or restore their ecological integrity, and provide Canadians with opportunities to discover and enjoy them. While the number of visitors may increase in some places in 2017, Parks Canada remains committed to maintaining its role as a world leader in conservation and in preserving the ecological integrity of these treasured places, now and for future generations. The same holds true for Parks Canada’s commitment to the commemorative integrity of our rich and diverse national historic sites.’

Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, one national urban park and eight historic canals that make up the rich tapestry of Canada’s cultural and natural heritage.

The Parks Canada campground reservation system launches in January, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to reserve early to ensure they have a space and find the perfect spot for their visit.

To get your free Discovery Pass visit the following link:


Free admission includes admission to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada (day use and front-country use), lockage at the canals administered by Parks Canada on historic waterways, and backcountry day use.

If you are travelling in a family or group, only one pass is needed per vehicle. According to Parks Canada, more than 900,000 people ordered a free Discovery Pass in the first two weeks after they became available last month.

National Parks in Ontario.

Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada. Landscapes including the northern end of Niagara Escarpment.

Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada. Captivating islands representing Lake Huron’s landscape.

Point Pelee National Park of Canada. Most southern point on Canadian mainland.

Pukaskwa National Park of Canada. Canadian Shield’s ancient landscape on Superior’s North Shore.

Rouge National Urban Park. Canada’s first national urban park and home to an amazing combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features.

Thousand Islands National Park of Canada. Only a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, picturesque granite islands are home to a multitude of rare species not found elsewhere in Canada.

Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, enhanced interpretation programs or overnight backcountry use will remain in place as will mooring fees for boats.


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