This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in a big way - Canadians have been given the gift of free admission to all of the national parks across the country! Parks Canada is giving out Discovery Passes for 2017 and it will be your ticket to all the amazing national parks from the east coast to the west.

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With so many national parks to choose from, it's advised that people plan and organize their trips ahead of time. To help with this, I've constructed a map indicating the locations of all the National Parks you can visit for free in Canada this year:

https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/National_Parks_of_Canada/8G5SEjb77W

Below are also photos and short descriptions to let you know what you can expect at each park. Here are all the Canadian National Parks you can visit for free this year:

National Parks A - C

National Parks D - F

National Parks G - I

National Parks J - L

National Parks M - O

National Parks P - R

National Parks S - U

National Parks V - Z


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Akami / Uapishku / KakKasuak / Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve

  • Consists of glacier-capped mountain ranges that tower up to 1180 meters and overlook the gorgeous Lake Melville

via @voyagesextraordinaires

Aulavik National Park

  • Home of the famous Thomsen River, which is one of the most northerly navigable rivers in North America

via @explorecanada

Auyuittuq National Park

  • Located on eastern Baffin Island and features a stunning landscape that is 85% rock and ice

via @bhofficial

Banff National Park

  • Canada's oldest national park, complete with iconic lakes and the Rocky Mountains

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

  • Gorgeous cliffs, white sand beaches, caves and grottos

via @amberidley

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  • Consists of the world famous Cabot Trail that cuts through forested canyons by the ocean

via @leahdahlgren

Elk Island National Park

  • An important site for the conservation of American bison

via @tinkhan

Fathom Five National Marine Park

  • A popular scuba diving site with shipwrecks and lighthouses in the Georgian Bay

via @francis.gagnon

Forillon National Park

  • Glorious views of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Quebec landscape

via @ju.jones

Fundy National Park

  • Features beautiful rugged coastlines that receive the highest tides in the world

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Georgian Bay Islands National Park

  • 63 small islands that can be hopped via kayaking or canoeing

via @thetravellersway

Glacier National Park

  • Straddles the Trans-Canada highway in the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains

via @karpanphotojourneys

Grasslands National Park

  • A prairie wonderland with sweeping fields, sunlit hills and beautiful skies

via @dopeviewz

Gros Morne National Park

  • Beautiful glacier-formed fjords, granite cliffs and rushing waterfalls throughout

via @_through.the.trees_

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

  • Supported by a warm Mediterranean climate with a diversity of rare flora and fauna

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves an ancient British Columbian rainforest

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Ivvavik National Park

  • The intersection of high mountain ranges, surging rivers and the ocean coastline in the Arctic tundra

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Jasper National Park

  • Consists of several classic points of interest, including the Canadian Rockies and The Icefields Parkway

via @unseen_destinations

Kejimkujik National Park

  • Ancient forest with rare wildlife, surging rivers and cerulean lakes

via @klondikesue

Kluane National Park and Reserve

  • Beautiful mountain ranges complete with hiking trails and breathtaking summit views

via @bluelilyphoto

Kootenay National Park

  • Perfect for hiking, backcountry camping, water activities and winter sports year-round

via @itsme_davideck

Kouchibouguac National Park

  • Unique landforms like barrier islands, sand dunes, lagoons and salt marshes

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La Mauricie National Park

  • Gorgeous forests surround the stunning Laurentian Mountains in the St. Lawrence lowlands

via @jaimeleeridge

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

  • The largest freshwater protected area in Canada with diverse landscapes and wildlife

via @parks.canada

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

  • A chain of 40 interesting islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Mount Revelstoke National Park

  • Features the Revelstoke Mountain, the most vertical summit in North America

via @parks.canada

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve

  • Encompasses the South Nahanni River watershed and offers several opportunities for extreme adventurers

via @gordonwiltsie

Nahanni National Park Reserve

  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a significant portion of the ancient Mackenzie Mountains

via @gravity_candy

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

  • Includes the coastal sanctuary Tofino, which features beautiful beaches and hiking trails

via @rtjewel

Point Pelee National Park

  • Popular location for birdwatching and wildlife enthusiasts

via @parcs.canada

Prince Albert National Park

  • Endless plains and rolling hills where bison herds roam

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Prince Edward Island National Park

  • Red sand beaches, unusual sand dune formations and scenic hiking trails

via @beyondus_travel

Pukaskwa National Park

  • 1880 square kilometres of rugged landscapes of the Canadian Shield by the Great Lakes coastline

via @natparks

Qausuittuq National Park

  • A grouping of intriguing frozen islands in the high sea

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Quttinirpaaq National Park

  • Showcases the beauty of the isolated glacier landscapes of Nunavut

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Riding Mountain National Park

  • A forested area amidst prairie flats and farmlands

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Rouge National Urban Park

  • Canada's first national urban park in the Greater Toronto Area

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Sable Island National Park Reserve

  • An iconic crescent island known for its rolling pastures and wild horses

via @billyhdougherty

Sirmilik National Park

  • A protected land of glaciers, valleys, rivers and lakes in the Arctic Cordillera

via @picjones

Terra Nova National Park

  • Where the boreal forest of eastern Newfoundland kisses the Atlantic Ocean

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Thousand Islands National Park

  • A beautiful collection of islands in the St. Lawrence River

via @spacesquarterly

Torngat National Park

  • Breathtaking mountain ranges, green hills and unique animals at the tip of Newfoundland and Labrador

via @travelgram.world

Tuktut Nogait National Park

  • 16,000 square kilometres that houses over 20,000 caribou and other species

via @nationalparksotw

Ukkusiksalik National Park

  • Consists of Arctic wildlife, tundra landscapes, coastal mudflats and the world's only reversing waterfall

via @travfrost

Vuntut National Park

  • An underdeveloped park that showcases the most stripped down, natural beauty of the north

via @trvl_magazine

Wapusk National Park

  • North America's largest peat bog ecosystem and a sanctuary for polar bears

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Waterton Lakes National Park

  • Majestic mountains, hiking trails and beautiful views of the Albertan landscape

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Wood Buffalo National Park

  • Home to North America's largest inland delta and consists of the largest population of wild bison in Canada

via @worldnaturephotographs

Yoho National Park

  • A hub for awe-inspiring waterfalls, mountain views and forest hikes
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