OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Parks Canada places represent the very best that Canada has to offer, and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with Parks Canada's Honourary Guide for Families, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, announced that admission for youth 17 and under is free for all national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.
By making admission free for youth 17 and under, Canada is celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas. We understand that by connecting with nature, youth will gain a better understanding of our urgent need to not only protect it, but maintain it for future generations.
In 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the government's gift to Canadians was free admission to Parks Canada places. Starting in 2018, the government is inviting Canadian families and their children, youth and school groups to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and history. Parks Canada will continue to offer high-quality and meaningful experiences to visitors from Canada and around the world and is looking forward to welcoming more youth to Canada's national treasures.
While youth will enjoy free admission beginning in 2018, Parks Canada is returning to fee-based admission for adults and seniors to national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas, including lockage at historic canals. The 2018 Parks Canada Discovery Pass is now on sale and is a great value, providing access to these national treasures all year long. The Parks Canada Discovery Pass is the ideal way to discover nature and connect with Canada's history. For information on purchasing the 2018 Parks Canada Discovery Pass, please visit the Parks Canada website.
"Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada places. Starting in 2018, I am very pleased to announce free admission for youth 17 and under to all national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. By encouraging young Canadians to visit these national treasures, we will help inspire the next generation of stewards for Canada's protected places."
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
"There is no better way to celebrate families than by enjoying the outdoors and discovering the countless benefits of nature for our health and wellness. I invite all youth 17 and under to visit our national parks and national historic sites for free in 2018 and beyond. These experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime for Canadian youth and their families, as it has done for our family."
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Parks Canada's Honourary Guide for Families
- Purchase the Family/Group Discovery Pass before December 31 and save 20%. This is a special way for Parks Canada to recognize the connections that were made during Canada 150. Otherwise, the Discovery Pass is available to purchase throughout 2018 and will be good for 12 months from the month of purchase.
- Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada entry gates and visitor centres. As in the past, our partners will be selling Discovery Passes as of January 2018.
- Parks Canada's admission fees for adults and seniors will not increase over 2016 prices.
- The purchase of a Discovery Pass and all other Parks Canada visitor fees contribute to helping protect national parks and historic sites and supporting visitor experiences, visitor services and conservation activities.
- Parks Canada will continue to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one-year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Cultural Access Pass Program.
- In addition to the Discovery Pass, visitors have a variety of other admission options based on daily admission and/or location specific admissions. Please visit the Parks Canada website for details.
- Parks Canada lockage permits for historical canals will be available for purchase online in early 2018.
- Parks Canada continues to establish new national parks and national marine conservation areas in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, including Thaidene Nëné national park reserve in the Northwest Territories and Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound national marine conservation area in Nunavut.
- These protected areas play an important role to help mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.
SOURCE Parks Canada
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