Visit Canada’s National Parks For Free In 2017

Visit Canada's National Parks for free in 2017

I just love free stuff- especially when it comes to free tourist attractions. I almost fell off my chair when I found out that you can visit Canada’s National Parks for free in 2017!

The cause for celebration is Canada’s 150th birthday. Canadians and visitors to Canada can visit all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada for free.

You can’t just rock on up and expect to get free entry however, you need to get a Discovery Pass. You can obtain your Discovery Pass for free online by visiting the Parks Canada website here.

My pass took around one month to arrive, so if you can’t wait that long there are plenty of places you can pick up your Discovery Pass from in person. Click here for a list of locations.

You can also pick up your pass in person at all MEC stores and CIBC bank branches.

Discover Canada

I will be making the most of my Discovery Pass this summer. I am planning a massive road trip across Canada. Starting in Vancouver, I will to make my way across to Quebec in one month, stopping in at as many National Parks along the way. Oh yes, and I will be living in my van while doing so!

If you are wanting to know more about my Big Canadian Road Trip, join my mailing list by entering your email below and hit enter.

You can share your photos online using the hashtag #StandForCanada. I would love to see your photos too so use the hashtag #WayfaringKiwi too!

Have you got your Discovery Pass yet? What national parks, heritage sites and marine conservation areas are you planning to visit?



  1. March 29, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Your roadtrip sound like a wonderful plan. The nature in Canada must be breathtaking. I’ve been only to Toronto so far. It’s great to know that all this is free. Unfortunately I already have other plans this year.

  2. March 29, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Holy smokes that photo is gorgeous!!!!!! I’ve only been to Canada a couple times but am dying to go back! Might have to go visit the parks too! How cool is this?!

  3. March 29, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    This looks like a great opportunity! I know more about our American National Parks, but I know very little about the Canadian National Parks. I hope I can visit one some day soon.

  4. March 29, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I’ve been wanting to go to Canada for so long. This pass just seems like the perfect opportunity. *Crossing my fingers to be able to go on a Roadtrip too.*

  5. March 29, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    oooohhh this is so cool! Good ol’ Canada! I have shared this with one of my Canadian travel buddies, she can travel vicariously for me!

  6. March 29, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I haven’t gotten my pass yet but I don’t think I can make it to Canada this year either . That’s such a fantastic offer though. I hope it happens another year as well

  7. March 29, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Did not know about this! Too bad our holidays are already planned out for this year 😉 But I´ll spread the news 😉

  8. March 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Ah…Canada. I would love to see these parks but I’m still intimidated by how remote and huge they seem to be. As a southeast Asian I’m used to things not being that far from other things haha. I keep imagining being stranded in the wilderness in North America. I don’t know how you manage that anxiety, or feel it at all!

  9. March 30, 2017 / 6:51 am

    That’s sounds like an awesome opportunity! I would love to go to Canada, I think the nature must be so stunning. Shame I can’t make it this year then ;).

  10. March 30, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Omg yay!! I’m actually going to Canada in October of this year so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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