In honor of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s birth as a nation, guests can visit the national parks in Canada for FREE in 2017! All you need to do is order your free park pass from the Parks Canada website, and they will send it to you (shipping is also free).

We’ve already received ours, and we’re getting ready for our massive summer road trip through the Rockies (but more on that later).

Imagine the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies, or the rolling shores of Nova Scotia. Explore the wilderness and the forest, finding wildlife along the way. In most of the parks, plenty of camping options are available, as are nearby hotels and lodges.

The free park pass also grants free entry into historic sites and marine conservation areas run by the national park system.

And to temp you further, here are some of the amazing places that you could visit.

Banff National Park

Lake Louise Boat House, Banff National Park (Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography)

Perhaps the pinnacle of the Canadian Rockies is Banff National Park in Alberta. More than just a park, it’s also home to a great little town on a the stunningly beautiful Lake Louise. It’s open year round as skiing here is top notch amid the gorgeous winter scenery. And don’t forget about those hot springs! Hiking, biking, golfing, swimming, boating, and viewing the wildlife are just a few of the summer activities to get involved with, too.

Cape Breton Highlands

Cabot Trail highway Cape Breton NP NS Canada
Cabot Trail scenic highway winding through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

On the northern end of Nova Scotia, this forested and mountainous park offers amazing vistas of the hills and coastline as you wind your way along the road and around the peninsula. Every turn offers a photogenic spot and a breath of fresh air that will keep you yearning for more.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park

While the northern area of the island is a national park, the nearby city of Charlottetown offers great dining and shopping experiences. On this island of rolling hills and green pastures, you’ll find out what made the Anne of Green Gables series so popular. There’s beaches, farms, seafood, and more.

Gros Morne

Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada
Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada

With fjords and fog shrouded mountains, you’ll think you’re in northern Europe. The landscapes will inspire you to explore both the shore and the interior of this diverse and geologically unique area. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, this region of the Newfoundland coast is not to be missed.

Pacific Rim

Boardwalk through rainforest, Pacific Rim NP, Canada
A path through lush rainforest in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Along the western shore of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, this rugged and beautiful shoreline offers hidden gems and private hideaways. From hiking to surfing and to the ecological wonders of the old-growth rainforest, there is something for everyone. You won’t want to leave!

There are so many more National Parks and Historic Sites to visit, hundreds in fact. But we can’t list them all here. You’ll just have to get your free park pass and visit them on your own….

Author: Bryan

Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won't let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip, as well as a web and software developer with a passion for many other things. You can follow him on Twitter at @budgetyourtrip or on Instagram@budgetyourtrip.

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