National Parks Free For Canadians

Canadians will now have the opportunity to explore the nation's national parks for free all year.

The Government of Canada has announced Canadians can request free admission passes to national parks as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebration.

Visitor Experience Manager at Point Pelee National Park Monique Oltrop says she is expecting park attendance to skyrocket.

She says spending time at a national park is a great way to connect with people.

"The government of Canada has decided to let all Canadians experience our national parks free of charge.  Actually our national parks and our historic sites. So any site that is managed by parks Canada will have their entrance fees waved for the year 2017," says Oltrop.

She says in order to gain free admission to parks you will need a discovery pass.

"Entrance fees to the parks will be free of charge but a way to facilitate that is to have a discovery pass. When you arrive to the front gate or entrance to a park or site, you will be given a discovery pass if you do not already have one. You can also get them online if you do not already have one," says Oltrop.

Point Pelee saw over 300,000 visitors in 2016.