Canada celebrates its 150th birthday by offering free entry to national parks
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Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and there is an enormous array of events taking place. Canadians are using 2017 to celebrate the key aspects of their nation, from its rich cultural diversity to its spectacular natural landscapes. Canada day, usually celebrated on July 1st, is being extended into a whole weekend crammed full of celebratory events in the capital, Ottawa. Huge winter festivals have also been occurring across the country and access to Canada’s famous national parks is now free. Yes, you read that right - visiting the stunning Canadian scenery will cost you nothing. Usually, visitors planning to visit several of Canada’s park may have purchased an Annual Discovery Pass which would have cost $67.70 Canadian dollars per adult; now, a simple online booking will provide free entry for all. Simply follow the link at the end of this article then start to plan your Canadian adventure. To help you get started, here is a selection of five of Canada’s most famous national parks: 1. Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta These two parks share a border and, if you are in the Alberta province, make sure to do both. Many of the iconic images of Canada have been photographed here; these parks boast enormous glaciers which feed into ethereal emerald and sapphire lakes, as well as white water rafting, and the opportunity to spot grizzly bears, moose and wolves. Do not miss: Icefields Parkway – this 232km road will lead you past many of the major sites of the two parks and is a spectacular drive through some of Canada’s most remarkable scenery. 2. Wapusk National Park, Manitoba Mandatory escorts for visitors, a frozen tundra and armed guards patrolling towns: Wapusk National Park seems an ominous place to visit…until you find out the reasons behind these precautions. Check out this live stream for a clue. Wapusk National Park is famous for its large polar bear population which can be glimpsed through guided tours and even tundra buggy trips. Additionally, the park is home to moose, wolves, arctic foxes and an enormous caribou herd. This is also a prime location to watch the night sky; the northern lights regularly feature here. Do not miss: Every year, an estimated one thousand polar bears gather at the coast from late October to early November. These magnificent animals spend Canadian winters hunting seals to prepare them for the following summer.
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