Canadian Parks Waive Entry Fee in 2017

The Canadian government recently announced the Canadian National Park system will waive entry fees at the more than 40 national parks around the country in 2017. The Liberal government also announced they’re throwing in a bonus for people who become Canadian citizens after 2017; a bonus free year of admission to the parks. The free offer celebrates the Canada’s 150th birthday, reports CBC.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the driving force behind the offer. In his mandate letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, he wrote:

 

Make admission for all visitors to National Parks free in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Beginning in 2018, ensure that admission for children under 18 is free, and provide any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months one year’s free admission.

 

Entrance fees brought in a significant $59 million in 2014, according to CBC. A year’s pass for a family up to seven people usually costs $136.40. Although the government will lose out on quite a bit of cash, I’m sure the increased tourism will make up for it.

Canadian Parks Waive entry fee

Fairmont Banff Springs

 

Bottom Line

You can’t beat free. Canadian parks are incredibly beautiful and very accessible from anywhere in the United States. Mrs. TT and I are headed to Banff National Park this summer using our Delta SkyMiles to fly into Calgary. We both have two free Fairmont nights from the Fairmont credit card, and we plan to stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs.  Those two properties look incredible. Hopefully we like it so much we head back in 2017!

 

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