Free Admission to Parks for Children and Youth Starting in 2018
December 13, 2017
OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents of a recent announcement by Parks Canada. Beginning in 2018, admission for youth 17 and under will be free for all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the federal government offered free admission for everyone visiting national parks in 2017. Starting in 2018, admission fees will return, but only for visitors over 18 years of age. The change is intended to encourage Canadian families and their children, youth, and school groups to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and history.
Fees for campsites and other amenities offered by Parks Canada are not included in the exemption.
“By making our national parks more accessible to our youth and families, they will have more opportunities to learn about the environment and how to protect it for future generations,” stated MP Eglinski. “Our youth can also see first-hand the local issues facing Jasper National Park, such as the ongoing pine beetle infestation, as well as gain an appreciation for the outdoors through activities such as hiking at Edith Cavell or skiing at Marmot Basin”.
When the federal government announced free admission in 2017, many constituents in Yellowhead expressed concern over the impact that an increase in visitors could have on the Parks. With the government now permanently waiving fees for children and youth, the same concern remains.
“It is up to Parks Canada to manage and maintain the quality of the parks. Even with a record number of visitors in 2017, the impact by these visitors on the ecological integrity of Jasper National Park was minimal,” concluded MP Eglinski.
The 2018 Parks Canada Discovery Pass is now on sale. For information on purchasing the 2018 Parks Canada Discovery Pass, please visit Parks Canada’s website.