How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Celebrate Canada 150 with FREE admission for the entire year to the many Parks Canada places that call this beautiful country home!

How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park

Did you hear the news? In 2017, Parks Canada is inviting all Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast. 

To mark this special year, they’re offering FREE admission to all Parks Canada locations in 2017!  This Discovery Pass gives you unlimited free opportunities to enjoy the National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites that call this beautiful country home.


How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park

We received our Discovery Pass in the mail the other day, and the planning has already begun.

So, how will we take advantage?

In a perfect world, we would quit our jobs, load up the car and head across Canada, checking National Park after National Park off the list.  But, in reality, there’s jobs, a house, school and those dreaded things called bills.

While they’re won’t be an epic National Park road trip in our near future, we are fortunate enough to have one of the best National Parks (in my opinion at least) located just minutes down the road from our family cottage.  

It is a place that I have visited almost every summer for the past 30 years, one that Steve has visited for over 10 years now and one that little miss Morley had the pleasure of meeting this past summer for the very first time. 

Bruce Peninsula National Park is how we will be using our FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

Morley, my sister in law and I at the Bruce Peninsula National Park lookout tower, located at the Visitor's Centre. Photo taken Summer 2016.
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with FREE admission to Parks Canada places in 2017!

I’m usually pretty hesitant to share the special place known as the Bruce. As one of my favourite places in the world, I feel pretty protective of it. 

Over the years, it has gone from a hidden gem to, well, a popular tourist destination with visitors from all over flocking to enjoy.  It’s safe to say, it is not the same quiet place I remember growing up as a kid. 

But, at the same time, it is a special place, and one worth sharing.

How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park
How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park

A hidden gem in southern Ontario, Bruce Peninsula National Park has so much to offer. From hiking a section of the famous Bruce Trail and swimming, kayaking and canoeing through the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay, to camping amongst the birch and cedar trees and viewing wildlife galore, Bruce Peninsula National Park has something for explorers of all ages.

See also: Plunging into the Deep of Fathom Five National Marine Park


Check out @BrucePNP, the hidden gem in the @ParksCanada places! #Canada150

Want to see Canada’s National Parks for yourself? It’s not too late! Get your FREE 2017 Discovery Pass HERE. Be sure to check the Parks Canada website for important information and rules regarding the free 2017 Discovery Pass. 

How I Plan to Use My Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - Bruce Peninsula National Park

Why visit Parks Canada places?


Canada’s National Parks are a country-wide system of representative natural areas of significance. By law, they are protected for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, while being maintained in an unimpaired state for future generations. National Parks have existed in Canada for well over a century. Currently, Parks Canada manages 46 National Parks, four National Marine Conservation Areas, 168 National Historic Sites, and one National Landmark. These wild places, located in every province and territory, range from mountains and plains, to boreal forests and tundra, to lakes and glaciers, and much more, and protect the habitats, wildlife and ecosystem diversity representative of - and sometime unique to - the natural regions within Canada.

National parks are among Canada's - and the world's - natural jewels. So, whether you’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has countless unique experiences to suit your needs. And they are just waiting to be explored by YOU!



Did you get your 2017 Discovery Pass? How will you use it? What is your favourite Parks Canada place? I'd love to hear!