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Free Canada Day admission at national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas

Parks Canada protects a vast network of cultural and natural heritage places that includes 171 national historic sites, 47 national parks, five national marine conservation areas and one national urban park
Lake O'Hara 2_ Parks Canada Z.Lynch
Hiking at Lake O'Hara @Parks Canada Z. Lynch

OTTAWA – With all of the festivities happening around town this Canada Day, it maybe is hard to choose which place to go to celebrate. The local pub might be offing that special Canada Day meal deal before taking a walk down the main drag to listen to the Tragically Hip tribute band soulfully play a rendition of Bobcaygeon while the fireworks blast off overhead.

However, Canada Day is one place the public will enjoy this Canada day is a stroll through the history of the country via the iconic destinations that makes Ontario a beautiful place to live.

"On July 1, I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of free admission at Parks Canada administered places across the country,” said Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. “From inspiring national historic sites to breathtaking national parks and national marine conservation areas, there is no better way to spend this national holiday than by diving into history or getting outdoors with friends and family. Happy Canada Day!"

With many national parks, historical sites, and conservation areas spread through Northern Ontario, it is safe to say these sites offer something for everyone.  

Canada Day presents an opportunity for everyone to come together and to reflect on what unites us, the diverse facets of history and culture in Canada, and to work toward a better future, including learning more about the histories, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.  

National historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas are an important part of local economies, helping to generate billions of dollars annually and employing tens of thousands of people.

And this free day is a great way to celebrate everything that Canada’s national tourist destination does for conversation and preservation efforts of the natural plant life, wildlife, and human life is a great way to reflect on why we celebrate Canada.

In celebration of families and diversity, Parks Canada also offers free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Canoo mobile app.

The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retail locations across the country.

Clint Fleury

About the Author: Clint Fleury

Clint Fleury is a web reporter covering Northwestern Ontario and the Superior North regions.
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