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Admission fees to Parks Canada hikes 4.2%

This Year’s Parks Canada Discovery Pass/Jennifer Bain

It just got a little more expensive to visit Canada’s national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites.

On January 1, Parks Canada increased fees by 4.2% for the next two years. The price hike dates back to a January 1, 2020 decision to adjust fees for inflation every two years as required by the 2017 law. Service Fees Act.

A Discovery Annual Pass, which covers unlimited admission to over 80 destinations under its purview, now costs $72.25 (all Canadian prices) for adults (18-64), $61.75 for seniors (65 and over) and $145.25 for a family/group (ie up to seven people in a vehicle). Youth 17 and under are free. The pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and expires on the last day of the month in which it was purchased.

Daily admission fees vary.

Additionally, Parks Canada will increase some fees in January 2023 for things “that provide a high level of individual visitor benefit, such as enhanced experiences, facility rentals and special event permits.” This will not affect frontcountry admission or camping.

In 2019, Parks Canada conducted public and stakeholder consultations on fees and used feedback to decide on fee changes. “These updates will help Parks Canada recover more of the cost of providing services by reflecting changes in the cost of living since the last fee review in 2008,” the agency reports. “These changes will also bring certain Parks Canada fees closer to those charged by nearby tourism service providers, helping to avoid unfair competition with local businesses offering similar services and experiences. Examples include special guided tours, cross-country skiing, golf and access to swimming pools.