OTTAWA, May 20, 2016 /CNW/ - As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced free admission in 2017 for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna announced that lockage will also be free for boaters in 2017.
Just as entry fees give visitors access to the wonders of national parks and historic sites, lockage fees give boaters access to Parks Canada's historic and beautiful waterways.
"As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, I invite Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our history. Whether at a national park or historic site, or along a heritage canal, these treasured sites allow Canadians to experience history and nature in a special way, and they will play a big part in the celebration of our country."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- National historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
- Parks Canada historic canals include:
- Carillon Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Chambly Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada
- Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada
SOURCE Parks Canada
For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436, [email protected]; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, [email protected]