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Terra Nova National Park officially opens for the visitor season

by pmnationtalk on May 17, 2018145 Views

Free admission for youth at Parks Canada places starting in 2018

May 17, 2018           Terra Nova National Park, NL      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. T his 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.

Starting on May 17, 2018, Terra Nova National Park will begin welcoming visitors for the 2018 season. Visitors can enjoy a full range of activities, special events, and camping options. From our fully-equipped oTENTiks to remote backcountry camping sites, Terra Nova National Park offers unforgettable camping experiences for most any visitor.

Terra Nova National Park was recently designated as the newest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada and the first in Newfoundland and Labrador. On Friday, May 18, starting at 8:30 p.m., Parks Canada will host a special Dark Sky Preserve launch event at the Newman Sound Activity Centre to celebrate this important designation and to promote ecologically-responsible lighting. The event will include a night sky observation session hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John’s Centre. On Saturday, May 19, the Royal Astronomical Society and Parks Canada will jointly host solar viewing sessions at Sandy Pond and dark sky themed activities for visitors of all ages at the Visitor Centre in Saltons.

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), began 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.
  • The 2018 opening dates for Terra Nova National Park campsites and oTENTiks are:- Newman Sound Campground: May 16 to October 7 (268 Campsites / 20 oTENTiks)- Malady Head Campground: June 13 to September 23 (92 Campsites / 10 oTENTiks)

    – Backcountry: May 16 to October 7

  • An oTENTik is a structure that blends the fun of a tent with the convenience of a cabin and offers an appealing option for those who want a fun camping experience without the hassle.
  • Terra Nova National Park is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first designated Dark Sky Preserve.

Associated links


Ray Kenny
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Newfoundland East Field Unit
Parks Canada

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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