Government of Canada Announces Free Lockage in 2017 - Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary with free lockage along Parks Canada's historic canals

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

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436,; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812,

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