Parks Canada's 2016 passes now valid for two years

If you love camping and exploring the Canadian wilderness, Parks Canada has a new year’s gift for you: All 2016 annual passes will be valid for two full years.

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Parks Canada says the pass extension is “the first step towards celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.”

The Parks Canada Discovery Pass gives people access to more than 100 national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas that charge entry fees. Those include popular attractions like Banff and Jasper national parks in Alberta, Gros Morne in Newfoundland and the Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for people to go and explore places we haven’t explored in our country,” said Nancy Dadalt, the director of in-resort services at Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

The cost of a single adult pass is $67.70, while a family or group pass costs $136.40.

The entrance fees are a big part of Parks Canada’s revenue. In 2014, that amounted to nearly $60 million, according to the agency’s annual report.

With files from CTV Vancouver



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