Every Day You Can Get Into Canada’s National Parks For Free This Year

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National Parks

This year, people have the option of visiting all of Canada’s national parks for free!

The National Parks were established in order to protect and preserve history, nature, wildlife habitats, and eco-diversity. They range in size from 14 square kilometres, all the way up to 45,000 square kilometres.

Since every park and historic site is offering a free day to visit, that means there’s a chance that you can visit more than one park this year.

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We’ve compiled a list of all the National Parks’ free admission days to help you enjoy Canada’s beautiful backyard.

National Parks’ Free Admission Dates

British Columbia

  • Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, October 6
  • Fort St. James National Historic Site, May 21
  • Glacier National Park, September 15
  • Gulf Of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, May 21
  • Kootenay National Park, November 23
  • Mount Revelstoke National Park, September 15
  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, June 21
  • Rogers Pass National Historic Site, September 15
  • Yoho National Park, November 23
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site, October 6

Alberta

Despite so many new countries to explore and so many new sights to see, I still always find my heart drifting back to Lake Louise. If you haven’t kayaked the most beautiful lake on earth, now is your chance— with my RAF link in bio, you can get a $30 discount when booking your stay in Banff, or any destination off your bucket list dreams! • Where will you go?! @bookingcom #bookingcom • • • • • #banffnationalpark #explorebanff #explorecanada #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #darlingescapes #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #sheisnotlost #femmetravel #iamatraveler #traveltagged #globelletravels #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #speechlessplaces #wonderfuldestinations #visualsoflife #lookatthosecolours #littlestoriesofmine #createcommune #mytinyatlas #stayandwander #happyadventuring #liveoutdoors #optoutside #earthfocus #roamtheplanet #finditliveit

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  • Banff National Park, November 23
  • Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, November 23
  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, July 7
  • Cave And Basin National Historic Site, November 23
  • Elk Island National Park, December 22
  • Jasper National Park, November 23
  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, August 18
  • Waterton Lakes National Park, June 15

Saskatchewan 

  • Fort Walsh National Historic Site, June 21
  • Grasslands National Park, July 21
  • Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, July 25
  • Prince Albert National Park, December 15

Manitoba

Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Wapusk National Park is the southernmost polar bear denning area in the world. While during the day we are out looking for bears, the night brings magic into the sky. Science explains that the lights are generated by the collision between electrically charged particles from the sun when entering the atmosphere. Mythology brings some much more interesting tales. In Finland it is believed the lights are sparkles created by a running arctic fox; In North America it is believed that the aurora is the dance of animal and/or human spirits. Beside science and mythology the phenomenon is an absolutely mesmerizing experience. #TurningTheTide #WapuskNationalPark #PolarBear #explorecanada

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  • Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, August 3
  • Prince Of Wales Fort National Historic Site, July 21
  • Riding Mountain National Park, June 23
  • Wapusk National Park, July 21

Ontario 

  • Fort Malden National Historic Site, August 4
  • Bellevue House National Historic Site, September 23
  • Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site, November 12
  • Fathom Five National Marine Park, September 9 (Free entry to the Visitor Centre)
  • Fort George National Historic Site, August 5
  • Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, July 7
  • Fort Wellington National Historic Site, May 26
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park, August 11
  • HMCS Haida National Historic Site, May 26
  • Laurier House National Historic Site, June 16
  • Point Pelee National Park, October 13
  • Pukaskwa National Park, June 21
  • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site, June 24
  • Thousand Island National Parks, June 16
  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site, June 24
  • Woodside National Historic Site, November 11

Quebec

  • Battle Of The Châteauguay National Historic Site, July 28
  • Battle Of The Restigouche National Historic Site, August 11
  • Carillon Canal National Historic Site, July 7
  • Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, September 30
  • Chambly Canal National Historic Site, July 7
  • Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, July 28
  • Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site, May 19
  • Forillon National Park, July 21
  • Fort Chambly National Historic Site, May 19
  • Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site, June 23
  • Fortifications Of Québec National Historic Site, September 30
  • Grosse île And The Irish Memorial National Historic Site, September 30
  • La Mauricie National Park, September 3
  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site, July 7
  • Lévis Forts National Historic Site, September 30
  • Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site, July 8
  • Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, May 19
  • Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, July 13
  • Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse National Historic Site, July 13
  • Saguenay-St.Lawrence Marine Park, June 16
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site, July 7
  • Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site, September 30
  • Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site, July 7
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site, June 23
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site, July 28
  • The Fur Trade At Lachine National Historic Site, June 23

New Brunswick

from @nrthwrd — The lookout points along the Fundy Trail Parkway in St. Martin’s are pretty incredible, but the drive along the way is one of the best parts. . Featured here is the Hairpin Turn. Check it out for yourself on June 24th for the Parkway’s grand opening of their newest section that showcases Walton Glen Gorge – otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of NB! . Thanks a million to @destinationnb for an unforgettable adventure yesterday. And special shoutout to @redrockadventure for giving us a view of the cliffs and caves that you can only get by sea kayak! . . . . #nrthwrd #claimthenorth #earnyourrest #fundynationalpark #fundytrail #fundytrailparkway #destinationnb #explorenb #explorecanada #newbrunswick #atlanticcanada #maritimes #drone #droneshot #dronephotography #phantom3 #dronesofinstagram #coastline #fundy #moodygram #instamoody #houseoftones #birdseyeview #getoutthere #exploretheworld #modernoutdoors #noisenb #redrockadventures #lensbible #exploretocreate

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  • Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, July 8
  • Fort-Beauséjour-Fort Cumberland National Historic Site, July 22
  • Fundy National Park, June 21
  • Kouchibouguac National Park, October 6
  • Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site, August 15

Newfoundland And Labrador 

  • Cape Spearhouse Lighthouse National Historic Site, July 7
  • Castle Hill National Historic Site, July 7
  • Gros Morne National Park, August 18
  • L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, July 7
  • Port Au Choix National Historic Site, June 21
  • Red Bay National Historic Site, July 7
  • Ryan Premises National Historic Site, July 7
  • Signal Hill National Historic Site, July 7
  • Terra Nova National Park, July 28

Nova Scotia 

  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, September 9
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park, June 2
  • Fort-Anne National Historic Site, August 6
  • Grand-Pré National Historic Site, August 12
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, July 28
  • Kejimkujik National Park, September 15
  • Port-Royal National Historic Site, August 6

Prince Edward Island

  • Green Gables Heritage Place, June 23
  • Prince Edward Island National Park, July 21

Northwest Territories 

  • Wood Buffalo National Park, June 21

Nunavut

Ukkusiksalik National Park, Nunavut-Canada **************** Ukkusiksalik National Park is a 20,500 square kilometres (7,900 sq mi) tundra and coastal mudflat region extending south of the Arctic Circle and the hamlet of Repulse Bay, from Hudson Bay's Roes Welcome Sound towards the western Barrenlands and the source of Brown River. The park surrounds Wager Bay, a 100 kilometres (62 mi) long inlet on the Hudson Bay. Although the smallest of Nunavut's four national parks, it is the sixth largest in Canada. Its name relates to steatite found there: Ukkusiksalik means "where there is material for the stone pot" (from ukkusik, meaning pot or saucepan like qulliq). In addition to a reversing waterfall and 500 archeological sites, including an old Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) trading post, the region is home to such species as polar bears, Grizzly Bears, the Arctic Wolf, caribou, seals and Peregrine Falcons. Vegetation in the park is typical low tundra, with dwarf birch, willow and mountain avens. Scattered patches of boreal forest can be encountered in river valleys. ————- Image by @roadtrippers ————- Use #travelgeni tag and send your best pictures to [email protected] to get featured here! #Ukkusiksalik #NationalPark #Nunavut #Canada #northamerica #polarbear #wildlife #iceberg #hudsonbay #tundra #followme

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  • Quasuittuq National Park, July 9
  • Quttinirpaaq National Park, July 9
  • Ukkusiksalik National Park, August 9

Yukon

  • Dawson Histórical Complex National Historic Site, August 20
  • Kluane National Park And Reserve, August 20
  • S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, August 20
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