Free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in 2017

Comments 23 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canada is celebrating its big 150th birthday next year and in honour of this milestone, you can order a FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discover Pass. From coast to coast, to coast, your free pass will include admission to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada and more!

Free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in 2017

Emerald Lake Lodge

Passes will be available to order online throughout the whole year. And as in the past, Discovery passes will also be available at Parks Canada places starting January 1, 2017, and through Parks Canada partners.

Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, one national urban park and eight historic canals that make up the rich tapestry of Canada’s cultural and natural heritage. Here are locations in BC where you can use your free Discover Pass in 2017:

National Parks in BC

Anniversary Weekend in Richmond, B.C.




National Heritage Sites in BC

Quick Info

The Parks Canada campground reservation system launches in January. Visitors are encouraged to reserve early to ensure they have a space and find the perfect spot for their visit.

Free admission includes admission to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada (day use and front-country use), lockage at the canals administered by Parks Canada on historic waterways, and backcountry day use.

You only need to order one pass for your group or family if you are all travelling together. A 2017 Discovery Pass is valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park, or arriving together at a marine conservation area or historic site.

Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, enhanced interpretation programs or overnight backcountry use will remain in place as will mooring fees for boats.




As an added bonus, you can get 15% off your next purchase of Parks Canada Official Merchandise the Parks Canada Shop. Every purchase supports national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, one national urban park and eight historic canals that make up the rich tapestry of Canada’s cultural and natural heritage. Follow Parks Canada throughout #Canada150 on Facebook.

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23 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Rosemary BruceFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 8:54am PST

    Would love a Free Pass!!!

  2. christine lockettFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 1:06pm PST

    I have not received my free pass yet. What is the delivery time?

  3. Ramona ParczenFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 5:51pm PST

    Do you need a pass for each person in the household or just one?

  4. Ramona ParczenFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 5:51pm PST

    Do you need to order a pass for each family member or just one for a family?

  5. Debbie VickersFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 5:53pm PST

    I am looking forward to more camping in 2017 as I wasn’t able to do very much camping even just to do some site seeing

  6. Rebecca BollwittFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 6:08pm PST

    We ordered ours about 5 weeks ago and are still waiting but I know several people who are receiving theirs about now. I think with the volume it will just take time ?

  7. Rebecca BollwittFriday, December 30th, 2016 — 6:09pm PST

    Hi Ramona,

    It’s one per car. So if your family is traveling together in one vehicle you just need one.

  8. Moira BellSaturday, December 31st, 2016 — 4:43am PST

    this would be fun!

  9. Sue YoungSaturday, December 31st, 2016 — 8:17am PST

    I would like a pass for the national parks in 2017 please.

  10. GregSaturday, December 31st, 2016 — 9:21am PST

    How do i apply for a pass

  11. Francyne Dufault-DickSaturday, December 31st, 2016 — 9:49am PST

    I ordered mine more than a month ago. I realise it takes time for them to arrive. However, when I submitted, it said it would send me a confirmation email. It never did. So I ordered again. Still nothing, and yes, I did check my junk mail. I hope they arrive soon.

  12. AstlesSaturday, December 31st, 2016 — 1:33pm PST

    I would like to get the Free Parks Discovery Pass 2017. Thank you.

  13. Marvin SveistrupFriday, January 6th, 2017 — 9:28am PST

    I would like a free pass to the National Parks for 1917

  14. JaniceMonday, January 9th, 2017 — 1:18pm PST

    I ordered twice as well and never received an email….I am hoping as well

  15. Sherry wrightWednesday, January 11th, 2017 — 10:24am PST

    I tried but don’t think it went threw. I would love to have one also.

  16. BreeMonday, January 16th, 2017 — 2:38pm PST

    I ordered mine on January 6th & didn’t receive my confirmation until January 13th. Hopefully the delivery times aren’t too long… I can’t wait to start using mine!

  17. Sheri PetersThursday, February 2nd, 2017 — 8:10pm PST

    How do I order my BC parks pass?

  18. LeaSaturday, February 4th, 2017 — 11:43am PST

    Which promotional code should I enter when placing my order?

  19. Rebecca BollwittSaturday, February 4th, 2017 — 11:45am PST

    Hi Lea,

    You shouldn’t need a code at all, simply process the order. I was never asked for payment info.

    Rebecca

  20. Rebecca BollwittSaturday, February 4th, 2017 — 11:45am PST

    Hi Sheri,

    This is for National Parks and Sites, simply follow the links in this post to order.

    Rebecca

  21. MariaElissa JaggardSunday, February 19th, 2017 — 9:50pm PST

    Awesomeness today I received my FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass! Valid for entry to all national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites administered by Parks Canada valid til December 31st, 2017. So cool! Its one per household address to anyone wondering!

  22. Marian JuskiwThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 2:16am PST

    Thank you ordered passes for the whole family how awesome is this… 🤗❤🇨🇦

  23. MorgamTuesday, March 21st, 2017 — 9:49pm PST

    How do I order my free pass 2017 ?

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