Parks Canada offers free admission for 2017

Their website crashed after the free tickets were announced 

The free 2017 discovery passes will be available throughout the whole year. The passes will also be available at Parks Canada locations starting Jan. 1

To celebrate the 150 years of Canada, the federal government is offering the gift of free admission to all Parks Canada locations.

For all of 2017, the ‘discovery pass’ provides free entry into more than 100 national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across Canada.

According to Parks Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have already ordered their free 2017 discovery pass. In fact, Parks Canada’s website crashed after the announcement of the free tickets due to the number of online orders.

“We are thrilled that so many of you are excited for the free souvenir 2017 discovery pass,” Parks Canada posted on Facebook. “We wish to remind those who are trying to order their pass online that this is not a limited time offer and encourage you to come back and try again later.”

Discovery passes will be available throughout the whole year. The passes will also be available at Parks Canada places starting Jan. 1, 2017.

“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,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Tickets are valid for a full year until the end of the calendar month of purchase.

You only need to order one pass for your group or family if you are all travelling together. A 2017 discovery pass is valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park, or arriving together at a marine conservation area or historic site.

Activities such as tours or parking that normally carry a separate fee may not be covered by the discovery pass. Camping fees are also not included.

To make the most of this gift from Canada, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and reserve their stay. Visitors should also consider discovering Parks Canada’s hidden gems or exploring Canada’s favourite national parks during winter, spring or fall. Visit for trip planning tools and tips.

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.

Visitors are reminded that the discovery pass must be hung from the rear view mirror of the vehicle facing forward or it can be placed on the front driver side dashboard facing up. For more information, contact Parks Canada at 1-888-773-8888 or



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