Where will your Parks Canada Discovery Pass take you this year?
This year, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Discovery Passes, which grant free access to Canada’s national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas for you and your family, are free! With almost 200 locations throughout Canada, there’s sure to be a few nearby that you can visit this year.
This Parks Canada Discovery Pass is only the second one I’ve owned. When I moved back to my hometown of Calgary, Alberta with my best friend for (what turned out to be) 10 months, we wanted to make the most of our time near the Canadian Rockies with a Discovery Pass. There are at least a dozen Parks Canada sites/parks within a few hours drive of Calgary. I’ll be checking out at least a few of them this summer when I go through the area on a road trip.
For the past few years, I’ve been on a quest to visit all locations of national parks, national historic sites, and marine conservation areas in Canada. I hope to visit at least 10 locations on my list this year.
“Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas tell the stories of who we are as a country. They represent not only Canada’s natural beauty and diverse heritage, but the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. Parks Canada’s commitment to you is to protect and share these special places with Canadians and visitors from around the world.” – Catherine McKenna Minister Responsible for Parks Canada
For a list of locations, visit the Parks Canada site. Want to make the most of your Parks Canada Discovery Pass? Here’s a list of ten pro tips for making the most of Parks Canada places!
So, whether you’re discovering a new-to-you national park, historic site, or marine conservation area, or going back to visit an old favourite this year, be sure to bring along your free Parks Canada Discovery Pass.