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Riding Mountain National Park is open for the visitor season!

by pmnationtalk on May 18, 2018427 Views

Free admission for youth at Parks Canada places starting in 2018

May 17, 2018              Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba    Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Building on that success, the Government has announced free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This will make discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families.

Through the Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups will have unlimited opportunities to visit national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites throughout the year.

Riding Mountain National Park is welcoming visitors for the 2018 season. This year, at Riding Mountain National Park, we will be hosting a number of special events, including celebrations on June 21 for National Indigenous Peoples Day, along with a free entry day on June 23 for National Indigenous Peoples Day weekend. On July 1, our annual Canada Day celebration includes free entry and entertainment for the whole family. On August 11, Clear Lake Celebration Day and Chamber Day come together to create a fun family event with free activities.

Riding Mountain National Park offers daily interpretive programming throughout the summer, such as Paddle Clear Lake, Campfire evenings for families and adults with topics ranging from bear safety to Indigenous culture, and a NEW Townsite Tour for adults. This summer we are offering two Heritage Camping Experiences where participants have the opportunity to be immersed in Anishinabe culture while riding on horseback, learning to raise a tipi, and falling asleep under the ancient starry sky. For more details on our programs, check in at the Visitor Centre or on our website.

September will be a fun filled month, starting off with our Dark Sky weekend from August 31 to September 3. Sign up for a free stargazing workshop and enjoy the dark skies of Riding Mountain National Park. The Pride celebration weekend will kick off on September 14 with free programming for all. Come to the family dance party and celebrate diversity! Join us for the 2018 season!Watch our website for details.

Parks Canada is actively working with our partners, including Indigenous groups, to share the stories of our treasured places, and to monitor and restore sensitive ecosystems, advance conservation initiatives, protect species at risk, and expand our knowledge of biodiversity and climate change.

To have a memorable time and make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance. Visitors can order their Discovery Pass and make camping reservations online by visiting the Parks Canada’s website. Visitors are also encouraged to download the incredibly popular Parks Canada’s mobile app and follow us on social media for more information about the breathtaking locations, and hidden gems at national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.


“This year we are celebrating families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under. We want to inspire youth to discover, connect, and protect Canada’s remarkable nature and history. And as always, we encourage all visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations across the country by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the Parks Canada’s Mobile App for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to experience our national treasures.”

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

  • Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 46 national parks, one national urban park, and four national marine conservation areas.
  • Beginning in 2018, Parks Canada will return to fee-based admission. Admission fees will not increase over 2016 levels.
  • Parks Canada will continue to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass Program.
  • Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada entry gates and visitor centres. Please visit the Parks Canada’s website for more information.
  • As in the past, our partners, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), will be selling Discovery Passes as of January 2018. Please visit the webpage of a partner location near you for details.
  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s west coast and other bi-weekly prizes, including Discovery Passes, merchandise and more. In collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC and Air Canada.
  • Riding Mountain National Park has had a successful eight-year run of offering the annual free concert. Parks Canada has decided to conclude with last year’s Canada 150 concert and focus on other exciting visitor experience offers in the future. Parks Canada is grateful to all of the performers and attendees that made the annual free concert a great success.

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Trish Johnston
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Riding Mountain National Park
Parks Canada

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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