Celebrate Canada’s 150th!
In conjunction with, and to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada recently announced entrance fees to national parks will be waived in 2017.
Yep, you read that right! In 2017, there will be no fees to enter Canada’s national parks! This also extends to national historic sites, marine conservation areas and free lockage to the historic canals and waterways!
I highly suggest ordering your free discovery pass ahead of time online and when planning, consider visiting some of the parks during shoulder seasons. Parks like Banff for example, are expected to be incredibly busy!
So now that they’ve made it so easy, all you have to do is get planning your Canadian adventure! May I suggest picking up a copy of National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks of Canada? It’s chock full of all types of information you’ll need in order to start compiling your park wish list.
Need some suggestions?
I may or may not have a thing for our national parks. OK, that’s not completely true. I TOTALLY have mad love for our parks. They are absolute treasures. So with that, here’s an assortment of the national parks I’ve visited over the past few years (and linked stories I’ve written about them) along with what’s on my wish list for 2017/18. I consider myself very fortunate as me and my family have really been able to do a lot of cool things in Canada’s incredible national parks.
Really, you can’t go wrong with wherever you choose to visit. Each park and historic site have their own unique offerings – all of which though share the stories of the local area, history and ecology. All of which are incredible!
A photo essay of 10 Parks Canada sites I loved visiting
Read: Embrace an icy getaway
Story coming soon!
Read: Rockies road trip
Read: Girl takes on the trail
Read: Home on the water
Story coming soon!
My top 8 Parks Canada wish list sites for 2017 and 2018
There are so many more parks I want to visit. But for now, here is my short list for the next couple of years and initial reasons for wanting to visit.
- Forillon National Park – There are several whale watching and wildlife experiences I’m really excited about.
- Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – I want to stroll the dreamy beachfronts while taking in the ginormous waves near Tofino during the storm season!
- Gros Morne National Park – The grandeur of Gros Morne has been a draw for as long as I can remember. I want to hike til I drop.
- Tuktuk Nogait National Park of Canada – Remote and so untouched, (what you take in you take out). I can’t wait to explore this incredible park.
- Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site – Haida Gwaii! Could you ask for more?
- Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada – The Yukon and in particular this vast national park are so appealing!
- Waterton Lakes National Park – It’s pristine landscape has been beckoning me for a while!
- Point Pelee National Park of Canada – For the birds. For the birds. And finally, the birds!
What’s on your wish list?
Did you know? Parks Canada is now on Instagram. Give them a follow @Parks.Canada and be sure to tag your images with #ParksCanada for the chance to be featured! Also, remember to #sharethechair!