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Canada 150 celebrations in 2017 will be HUGE!! And since Canadians know how to celebrate in-style: All National parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas will offer free admission for the entire year.

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Canada has some amazing national parks which are already free to visit.  However, this event will get you in free of charge to almost 100 locations that charge entry. Lockage fees for canals and waterways will also be waived.

Camping, guided tours and hikes, and mooring and reservation fees will still apply during the celebration. In addition, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs will maintain its admission fees.

Parks Canada also offers a 2016 Discovery Pass which allows you to also access 2017’s free entry. Discovery Passes range from CA$57.90 (about US$44) for a senior to CA$136.40 (about US$103) for a family or group.

Seasonal passes to select areas areas are usually available for CA$34 to CA$98 (US$25 to US$74). Lockage fees for canals range from CA$4.65 for a one-way trip to CA$18.60 for a seasonal lockage and mooring package.

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Starting in 2018, children under 18 and anyone who became a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months will receive free admission.

If you are planning to be in Canada for the celebrations, demand is already soaring for hotels in Ottawa.  According to CTV Canada, the following prices are in effect for the listed hotels for Canada Day 2017.

  • Fairmont Château Laurier            $900 per night – minimum 4 night stay
  • The Westin Ottawa                            $649 per night – min 3 night stay
  • Lord Elgin Hotel                                 $500 per night – night four nights
  • Ottawa Marriott Hotel                         Sold out

How will you celebrate Canada 150?

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