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Free national park passes for all in 2017 to mark Canada's 150th anniversary
The federal government is making entry into the national parks and historic sites free in 2017 as a way to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
In an emailed statement, Parks Canada said it means any passes purchased this year are valid for two years.
“As a first step towards celebrating Canada150, Discovery Passes for 2016 will be valid for 24 months, rather than 12 months,” wrote Parks Canada’s Natalie Fay. “All Parks Canada Discovery Passes purchased in 2016 will be valid for 24 months from the date of purchase.
“The passes will incorporate the purchase of one year’s admission and free admission to Parks Canada places in 2017.”
It means an annual pass bought today would be valid until January 2018, rather than January 2017. Or visitors can just wait until January 2017 and get a free pass for that year.
Providing free entry into national parks in 2017 was first mentioned in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
“Make admission for all visitors to national parks free in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” it states.
The news came as a welcome bonus to social media users who’ve already bought their park passes for this year.
“Who knew?” wrote Cheri Macaulay on Twitter. “If you get a Parks Canada annual pass now, it’s good until 2018. Because we all get in free in 2017 for Canada’s 150th!”
Replied Calgarian Beth Allan: “I’m excited for my 2016 pass to expire in June now. Hahah!”
Starting in 2018, according to the same mandate letter, Parks Canada could also make admission for children under 18 free and provide any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months with a year’s free admission to the national parks.
Parks Canada could also expand the Learn to Camp program, which helps low- and middle-income families experience the national parks.
Fay’s statement said they are working closely with the federal government’s partners on other plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
“Exact details on any new initiatives are still being determined and will be announced in due course,” she added.
A single pass gets you in!
Whether you want to explore and appreciate Canada's unique and diverse wildlife, wilderness, and natural environment, or discover the inspiring people, places and events of our fascinating past, the Parks Canada Discovery Pass is the one for you.
NEW! Parks Canada's 2016 Annual Passes are valid for TWO full years. This is the first step towards celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation.
Four nights. Four provinces. Four
capitals. Four hotels. Four thousand kilometres. This is was our
short trip from Toronto to Halifax. We have visited next provinces:
Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia.
This is a map of our trip.
First stop was Quebec city. The capital
of Quebec province and the very first Canada's city.
Lovely and beautiful city. One of the
best in the country.
The best place to eat some french
Hotel Acadia is giving you a feeling
of old French hotel. It has valet parking for an extra 20 dollars,
breakfast was included.
When we came to Canada six years ago we
didn't know many people here. In fact we knew only one family who
lived here already and whom were kind enough to meet us at the
airport after landing along with our friend from New York who came to
Toronto to meet us and our realtor who was helping us to find a
place to live. The family we knew introduced us to another family and
we became a good friends but that was it. That was the only network
we had in Toronto at that time.
We can describe ourself as very friendly
people so with no plan and I would say subconsciously we've started to build our network here. After a year or so we already knew quite a
few people by then we were starting slowly realize how important the
connections and the network are, here in Canada. No matter what your
business or occupation is it would help you to succeed.
So here are the 6 steps how to grow your
1. Be friendly with people. Don't be
shy to do small talks with people everywhere. W…
Top 10 mistakes after immigration to Canada
1. Try to find your first home in good neighbourhood or community. First impression from the new country is very important and don't spoil your excitement after landing in Canada. In our opinion It is better to avoid ethnic minority communities.
2. Don't agree to be a part of the fraud schemes. Especially with insurance, mortgage, banks, taxes All information you need you can find on government websites and government organizations websites. You can always call to the Service Canada, Service Ontario (or other province) or special organizations that help immigrants such Welcome Centre or YMCA.
3. Don't adjust country to experience that you have from your home country. Some of the countries such USA or Australia might have a lot of common with Canada, but many countries are totally different so be ready to
4. Don't bribe. Never.
5. Avoid conflicts and don't talk about people bad.
6. Always shop around. Don't buy thing…