“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:
Over 12,000 km2 of arctic wilderness on Banks Island.
Baffin Island landscapes containing northern extremity of Canadian Shield.
UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada's first National Park of Canada (1885).
Landscapes including the northern end of Niagara Escarpment.
Home to Cabot Trail, a land blessed with spectacular cliffs.
Alberta plains oasis for rare and endangered species.
The "Jewel of the Gaspé" where land meets sea.
Atlantic's sanctuary with world's highest tides.
Captivating islands representing Lake Huron's landscape.
British Columbia's lush interior rainforest and permanent glaciers.
Saskatchewan's rare prairie grasses, dinosaur fossils, and badlands.
UNESCO World Heritage Site amid Newfoundland's wild natural beauty.
An exceptional coastal island landscape in the southern Strait of Georgia.
Haïda culture and coastal rainforest on Haida Gwaii.
Calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd.
UNESCO World Heritage Site and glacial jewel of the Rockies.
Nova Scotia's inland of historic canoe routes and portages.
Yukon's UNESCO World Heritage Site contains Canada's highest peak.
UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the famous Radium Hot Springs.
Intricate Acadian blend of coastal and inland habitats.
Lakes winding through forested hills for canoe and portage activities.
Stunning boreal forest, lakes and rivers protected in the largest federal national park in eastern North America.
A string of islands carved out by the sea.
Rainforest of 1,000-year-old cedars and spectacular mountains.
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.
Northwest Territories' UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pacific Coast Mountains make up this marine and forest environment.
Most southern point on Canadian mainland.
Protects slice of northern coniferous forest and wildlife.
A protected area with spectacular coast.
Canadian Shield's ancient landscape on Superior's North Shore.
Over 11,000 km2 of wilderness and wildlife to experience in Canada's western high Arctic.
Most remote, fragile, rugged and northerly lands in North America.
Protected "island" area in the Manitoba Escarpment.
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.
Northern Baffin Island landscape containing Eastern Arctic Lowlands and Lancaster Sound.
Remnants of the Eastern Newfoundland Ancient Appalachian Mountains.
Only a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, picturesque granite islands are home to a multitude of rare species not found elsewhere in Canada.
The spectacular wilderness of this National Park comprises 9,700 km2 of the Northern Labrador Mountains natural region.
Calving ground for the Bluenose caribou herd.
The place where there is stone that can be used to carve pots and oil lamps
Northern Yukon's unique non-glaciated landscape.
One of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world.
International Peace Park; where the Rocky Mountains meet the prairie.
UNESCO World Heritage Site larger than Switzerland.
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!