by Chris Cordes

2016 marked the 100th year of operation for America’s National Parks, but as the new year rolls in we find ourselves ready to celebrate two more anniversaries, this time with our neighbors to the North. The first is Canada’s 150th year as a nation, a milestone it will recognize with festivities ranging from dancing to naval parades. The second is the centennial celebration of their National Parks, for which they’ve gone above and beyond to encourage tourism. How you ask? With completely FREE passes to all national historic sites operated by Parks Canada throughout their ten provinces and three territories. That’s just over 170 unique and interesting places to visit for those who are wondering.


So lets get to the meat of it, getting your own 2017 Discovery Pass. It’s really quite easy, just logon Parks Canada website here, and follow the instructions laid out.  Be sure to read the fine print, as you’ll only need one pass per vehicle, and some additional fees like parking may apply. Then head on over to Canada’s Plan Your Visit home page to check out some of the amazing things you’ll be able to see for free. I’ll admit, deciding what to do might be the hardest part, as Canada’s vast wilderness contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  Just remember, those of you traveling from outside the country will need a valid passport to go take part in the fun, so start your application if you haven’t already!

Visit Canada’s National Parks for Free in 2017!

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About the Author: Chris Cordes

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, for college in 2009. While working on his business degree in the Embry-Riddle undergraduate program, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. He fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, which led him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. Chris was immediately hooked by the concept of overlanding, which combines the excitement and adventure of flying with his affection for cars and trucks. After receiving his degree, Chris did a summer internship with Overland International before accepting a full-time position on our team.