Visit Canada’s National Parks for Free in 2017!

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!

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.