2017 marks the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada. To celebrate this significant milestone, Parks Canada is issuing a free Discovery Pass that grants access to many national parks and historical sites across the country.
Lonely Planet has also named Canada as being the top country to visit in 2017.
There are so many Instagram-worthy areas to explore and inspiring sights to see just by travelling in your own backyard.
This year, explore BC’s pristine national parks and magical historical sites that are included with the free Discovery Pass:
The Chilkoot Trail is a 53km trek that starts in Dyea, Alaska and goes to Bennet, BC. The abandoned historical town of Bennet was built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.
The historical site located in Colwood is home to the first permanent lighthouse on the West Coast.
The small town of Fort Langley is a former trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
The waterfront park in Colwood is home to a historic lighthouse, many scenic trails and old military structures.
The history museum in Fort St. James will allow you to travel back to 1896 in the days of fur traders.
Visit the 18th century Gitwangak which offers scenic views of the Kitwanga River valley, majestic totem poles and more.
The breathtaking park has the best of both worlds; lush rainforest and glaciers.
Located in the southern Strait of Georgia, the park offers beautiful sights across the 15 islands it covers.
The historic site is located in the charming fishing town on Steveston, in Richmond. It was built in 1894 and comes from the days it was the leading producer of canned salmon in BC.
Explore this amazing area with ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses set amongst the islands of Gwaii Haanas. Here you can spot bald eagles, bears, whales and sea lions.
After playing an imperative role in connecting the country to the rest of the world, it was named a national historical site.
The former fur trading post has been abandoned in 1812, it’s located in Invermere.
The park is located in southeastern BC and covers 1,406kms of the Canadian Rockies.
Located adjacent to Revelstoke, the park was founded in 1914 and offers beautiful scenery.
It’s broken up into three regions which are Long Beach, Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.
Located in the Canadian Rockies, the park is something everyone must see once. There is incredible sightseeing and lots of hikes to take on.