2017 is Canada's 150th birthday. Celebrate with a free Parks Canada Discovery Pass that lets you explore Canada's beautiful landscape. With summer just around the corner, there's no better time to travel, see the sights, and take advantage of what our great nation has to offer. To help in the celebration, the Government of Canada has made admission to National Parks all across the country free for all of 2017. Some park fees for camping, parking, and backcountry overnight use are still in effect but getting in won't cost you a thing! To help you celebrate, the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has put together a list of picturesque and poignant National Parks to visit this summer as Canada turns 150.

 

Thousand Islands National Park,

 

The first National Park west of the Rocky Mountains, Thousand Islands National Park was founded in 1904. Located between Kingston and Brockville in southern Ontario, the Thousand Islands is renowned for boat tours, canoeing, birding, and a new collection of cabins for a slightly more luxurious camping experience.  The Thousand Islands area also has a unique micro climate which has attracted vintners and brewers alike for its wine, hop, and grain producing qualities. Explore some glorious nature then kick back with a local beverage. Happy 150th!  See more here.

 

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

 

Famous for the world's highest tides, and largest amount of mud, is New Brunswick's Fundy National Park. Exploring the sea floor at low tide is a major attraction, along with a range of camping experiences from backcountry to RV hookups, and yurt rentals.  You can also kayak through incoming tides (rising up to 12 meters or more), explore waterfalls further inland, and also see regular live music at the bandshell, or at the Rising Tide Festival every summer. Find out more here.

 

Jasper

 

Often overshadowed by Banff, Jasper National Park is no less stunning.  Located west of Edmonton, Alberta, and spanning some 11,000 square kilometers, Jasper offers majestic peaks, pristine wilderness, and abundant wildlife.  In addition to outdoor activities like hiking, camping and skiing, you'll find the 11,033-ft.-high Mt. Edith Cavell, the Columbia Icefield, and native wildlife including elk, moose, bears, and bighorn sheep. Get more details here.

 

Pacific Rim

 

With over 1,000 National Parks in B.C. alone, there's no shortage of sights to see. Located on Vancouver island, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve combines over 50km of ocean shoreline with old growth rainforest. Home to one of Canada's premiere surf locations, Long Beach, Pacific Rim N.P. is home to the Broken Group Islands archipelago, and the West Coast Trail, a breathtaking 75km hiking trail that winds through the park.  Learn more here.

 

Whichever way you choose to celebrate Canada's Birthday this year, the Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes you have a Happy 150th.  For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.