Free Admission At All Canadian National Parks July 1
In celebration of Canada Day on July 1, Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent has announced free admission to all 43 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas administered by Parks Canada. This makes the first day of July a great day to visit and explore the many wonders and beauty of the Canadian national park system.
As Minister Kent noted in the announcement, "Canada Day is the ideal time for Canadians and visitors from around the world to experience Canada's national heritage. I'm inviting everyone to come to any of Parks Canada's places and experience Canada's natural treasures for free on Canada Day."
While all parks within the Parks Canada system will have free admission for Canada Day, there is a special emphasis on the national historic sites related to the War of 1812. This year will mark the 200th anniversary of this war, so special emphasis is being placed on getting people to visit the historic buildings, forts and landscapes related to the War of 1812. These historic sites will provide visitors with the opportunity to experience what everyday life and battlefield life was like in 1812. Parks Canada is hoping to create a greater connection and national pride for Canada's national treasures, and especially the historic sites where people can engage with Canadian history.
Much like free entrance days to US national parks, it's only the admission fee to the parks which is being waived for Canada Day. Other park fees such as camping fees, lodging fees and fees for park activities will continue to remain in effect.
(Photo Credit: Parks Canada)