How to Celebrate #Canada150 This Year

“Your Canadian roots define you for all of your life, no matter where you go, no matter what you do.” 
- Alanis Morissette

As you (hopefully) already know, this year, Canada will hit the big 150, and the country is celebrating in a big way.

Parks Canada is giving out free admission and canal lockage for all Canadian National Parks in 2017 in honour of Canada's 150th birthday this July. With the all-access passes, you can enjoy incredible parks from coast to coast to coast! And, now that the warmer weather is on it's way, Via Rail is following in their tracks (haha, get it?). 

A few weeks ago, our free Discovery Passes came in the mail - and now some even more exciting news has been released!  Via Rail has just announced that for the whole month of July, the national passenger rail network will let you travel across our beautiful country for only $150! 

Well, there is a tiny catch. This is a youth pass, meaning it's only available for Canadian's from the ages of 12 to 25. Valid government-issued proof of age photo ID is required. valid ISIC card will be accepted for those aged 26 years and older. Valid for travel from July 1 through July 31, 2017. 

The free discovery passes will get you into the following Canadian National Parks:


Aulavik National Park of Canada

Over 12,000 km2 of arctic wilderness on Banks Island. 

Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Baffin Island landscapes containing northern extremity of Canadian Shield. 

Banff National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada's first National Park of Canada (1885). 

Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada

Landscapes including the northern end of Niagara Escarpment. 

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Home to Cabot Trail, a land blessed with spectacular cliffs. 

Elk Island National Park of Canada

Alberta plains oasis for rare and endangered species. 

Forillon National Park of Canada

The "Jewel of the Gaspé" where land meets sea. 

Fundy National Park of Canada

Atlantic's sanctuary with world's highest tides. 

Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Captivating islands representing Lake Huron's landscape. 

Glacier National Park of Canada

British Columbia's lush interior rainforest and permanent glaciers. 

Grasslands National Park of Canada

Saskatchewan's rare prairie grasses, dinosaur fossils, and badlands. 

Gros Morne National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site amid Newfoundland's wild natural beauty. 

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

An exceptional coastal island landscape in the southern Strait of Georgia. 

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

Haïda culture and coastal rainforest on Haida Gwaii. 

Ivvavik National Park of Canada

Calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd. 

Jasper National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site and glacial jewel of the Rockies. 

Kejimkujik National Park of Canada

Nova Scotia's inland of historic canoe routes and portages. 

Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Yukon's UNESCO World Heritage Site contains Canada's highest peak. 

Kootenay National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the famous Radium Hot Springs. 

Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Intricate Acadian blend of coastal and inland habitats. 

La Mauricie National Park of Canada

Lakes winding through forested hills for canoe and portage activities. 

Akami–Uapishku - KakKasuak - Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve of Canada

Stunning boreal forest, lakes and rivers protected in the largest federal national park in eastern North America. 

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

A string of islands carved out by the sea. 

Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada

Rainforest of 1,000-year-old cedars and spectacular mountains. 

Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve

Measuring 4,850 square kilometres, Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve adjoins Nahanni National Park Reserve and it touches the Yukon boundary to the West. 

Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada

Northwest Territories' UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada

Pacific Coast Mountains make up this marine and forest environment. 

Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Most southern point on Canadian mainland. 

Prince Albert National Park of Canada

Protects slice of northern coniferous forest and wildlife. 

Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

A protected area with spectacular coast. 

Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Canadian Shield's ancient landscape on Superior's North Shore. 

Qausuittuq National Park of Canada

Over 11,000 km2 of wilderness and wildlife to experience in Canada's western high Arctic. 

Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Most remote, fragile, rugged and northerly lands in North America. 

Riding Mountain National Park of Canada

Protected "island" area in the Manitoba Escarpment. 

Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada

A wild and windswept island of sand sits far out in the North Atlantic, its iconic crescent shape emerging from the expanse of the sea. Isolated and remote, Sable Island is one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands. 

Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Northern Baffin Island landscape containing Eastern Arctic Lowlands and Lancaster Sound. 

Terra Nova National Park of Canada

Remnants of the Eastern Newfoundland Ancient Appalachian Mountains. 

Thousand Islands National Park of Canada

Only a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, picturesque granite islands are home to a multitude of rare species not found elsewhere in Canada. 

Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada

The spectacular wilderness of this National Park comprises 9,700 km2 of the Northern Labrador Mountains natural region. 

Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada

Calving ground for the Bluenose caribou herd. 

Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada

The place where there is stone that can be used to carve pots and oil lamps

Vuntut National Park of Canada

Northern Yukon's unique non-glaciated landscape. 

Wapusk National Park of Canada

One of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world. 

Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada

International Peace Park; where the Rocky Mountains meet the prairie. 

Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site larger than Switzerland. 

Yoho National Park of Canada

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rockies. 

To order your FREE Discovery passes, head over here

Let me know in the comments below where in Canada you plan to visit this year!

Lia,Xo