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See Canada's National Parks for Free in 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with free entry to all Canadian national parks throughout 2017.

man seated on log bench looks at Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, picture
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Jasper National Park's Pyramid Lake.

Canada has a gift for everyone, including its neighbors to the south. In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, all Canadian national parks—including Banff, Jasper, and Kootenay in the Canadian Rockies—are offering free entry throughout 2017. Blue lakes, granite peaks, glaciers, and wildlife: Thanks, Canada.

At entrance gates and information centers, visitors can pick up free 2017 Discovery Passes good for every park, historic site, and marine conservation area in the country. To streamline the process, you can pre-order a pass at pc.gc.ca.

Without entrance fees, it's easier to splurge on other aspects of a park vacation: a soak at Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay, a room at the opulent Fairmont Chateau overlooking Lake Louise in Banff, or a boat cruise around tree-covered Spirit Island at Maligne Lake in Jasper. (Because the parks are expecting bargain-seeking crowds this year, make sure to book popular activities and accommodations ahead of time.)

In these and other parks, the views are the big draw—and those are always free of charge.

This article was first published in Summer 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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