Free entry to national parks starts for Canada 150

Free entry to national parks starts for Canada 150
Free entry to national parks like Ontario's Rouge Park starts for Canada 150. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

Parks Canada kicked off its 2017 visitor season in celebration of Canada 150 today at Rouge National Urban Park. 

Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, said that the government will not be charging admission fees to all national parks as part of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Parks Canada's also launched its new smartphone app as well.

The app provides visitors with detailed information on the parks, interactive maps and event listings, as well as tips to plan a trip to any one of Canada's national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

 "This supports our government's commitment to preserving our national parks, while providing visitors with high-quality and meaningful experiences," said McKenna.
Parks Canada Discovery Pass is free for 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of confederation. (Parks Canada)

Parks Canada is also encouraging visitors to share their experiences on social media through the app with their GPS-themed photo filters.

Canadians can still get their free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass from the Parks Canada website as well as at Parks Canada entry gates and visitor centres.

Banks such as CIBC and Parks Canada partners such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) will also be distributing passes for national parks.