Parks Canada’s sites in Northern Ontario pleased to offer Free Admission Days

by pmnationtalk on June 18, 2018165 Views

Youth, families, and visitors are invited to enjoy their local Parks Canada’s places

June 18, 2018        Northern Ontario           Parks Canada Agency

The Government is celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This year, Parks Canada is also pleased to offer free admission or lockage for one day at Parks Canada’s places across the country. This is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada. In 2017, more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.

Free admission day is site-specific and the date is determined by each national park or historic site. It is important to note that only admission is free on free admission day. Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, boat launches, transportation, or special tours remain.Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. Through its broad network of national parks, marine conservation areas and national historic sites, Parks Canada connects Canadians with their heritage. Pukaskwa National Park and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, both of which are located in beautiful Northern Ontario, are pleased to offer free admission day on June 21st and July 7th, respectively.In addition to free admission, Pukaskwa National Park will be offering bannock and tea, stories of Mud Bay with Elders of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, as well as a hand drum social on June 21st to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.Please note that road upgrades are ongoing within Pukaskwa National Park and we thank our visitors for their patience and cooperation. For further information on these upgrades, please consult the park’s important bulletins webpage.On July 7th, Fort St. Joseph will be offering voyageur-themed activities, including free rides in a voyageur canoe to celebrate National Historic Places Day.For a complete list of dates for each national park or national historic site, please visit Parks Canada’s website.


National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Pukaskwa National Park and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site are national treasures, and on Free Admission Days, I invite Canadian families, youth, and visitors to our country to explore them and connect with Canada’s nature and history.

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada’s national parks and national marine conservation areas provide outstanding examples of our country’s natural landscapes, generate economic activity by attracting visitors from Canada and abroad, and provide Canadians with access to our natural heritage.
  • Discovery Passes are available online, at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres, as well as through partners such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). This pass provides families with unlimited opportunities to visit Parks Canada’s places throughout the year. Please visit the Parks Canada’s website for more information. The Discovery Pass is valid one year from the date of purchase.
  • The online reservation system for booking a campsite is available since January 2018 for visits during the period of April 2018 through March 2019.
  • As reiterated in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under in 2018 and beyond.
  • On Sunday July 1st, Parks Canada’s places will welcome visitors with free admission to celebrate Canada Day.

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Stéphane Comeault
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Northern Ontario Field Unit

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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