Canada is known for being incredibly beautiful – from its picturesque mountains, surreal oceans, incredible wildlife, pristine lakes and more, this country has it all. So what better and more Canadian way to celebrate Canada Day than by exploring the great Canadian outdoors? Although Canada's beauty should be convincing enough itself, if you need another reason, several Canadian National Parks will be free for Canada Day 2019 next month. 

In order to celebrate Canada Day this year, Parks Canada will be making admission free at National Parks and Historic Sites across this country on July 1. 

So if you're still looking for Canada Day plans and want to save some money, why not check out a National Park? Round up your crew and get your summer playlist ready, because it's time for an adventure! 

"National parks are among Canada's - and the world's - natural jewels. They represent the power of Canada's natural environment — a compelling force — which has shaped not only the geography of this country, but also the course of its history and the experiences of the people who live and travel here," says Parks Canada on their website.

"National parks are established to protect and present outstanding representative examples of natural landscapes and natural phenomena that occur in Canada's 39 natural regions, as identified in the National Parks System Plan." 

The following National Parks and Historic Sites will be free for Canada Day 2019:

British Columbia

  • Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites


  • Jasper National Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
  • Elk Island National Park


  • Pukaskwa National Park
  • Point Pelee National Park


  • The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
  • Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
  • La Mauricie National Park
  • Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site
  • Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site
  • Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site


  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Terra Nova National Park

Nova Scotia

  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Although these parks are only free for one day in Canada, if you're 17 and under, you can visit all Parks Canada locations for free, any time of the year. This free youth admission deal has been effective since January 1, 2018. 

If you love exploring all the National Parks that Canada has to offer, you could get a Discovery Pass from Parks Canada, which gets you unlimited admission for one year at over 80 Parks Canada spots. 

Source: MTLBlog