1. You are here and we are glad. Enjoy your time. Please check out the sticky note for tips & tricks.
    Dismiss Notice

Canadas 150th- free National Park and historic sites pass

Discussion in 'The Earth and Our World' started by Mrs.Anteater, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Mrs.Anteater

    Mrs.Anteater no anteater, but German wild boar

    Messages:
    1,115
    Likes Received:
    794
    So Everyone can get in free this year into National Parks and historic sites. Are you planning some extra trips? Any recommendations? I am hoping to take some long weekends to explore within the Maritimes.
    I'd love to go further, but my budget won't allow it.
     
  2. Lastpointe

    Lastpointe Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,387
    Likes Received:
    769
    I think it is a great initiative

    Have read though that parks people are concerned. That many if the parks operate at capacity, Banff being one. They are concerned about increase in damage, animal interference, road kill.......

    Interesting because there hasbeen a big oush to introduce new canadians to the parks and camping.

    But , as a family that does camp and loves Algonquin, to camo you need knowledge and stuff. Tents, clothes, packs, sleeping bags....... It is expensive to buy, exoensive to rent, and difficult to know what you need


    I think Parks Canada would do well to set up some outfitting sests for families wanting to try camping. Lessons on tent erection, fire starting, camping cooking....... While it may all be obvious to many of us , it isnt

    My daughter worked last summer at Thousands Islands National Park, near Kingston. One of the things they offered was hut camping. Cute little A frame buldings you could rent. Came with fire pits and close enough to the office to get help .....
     
  3. Hilary

    Hilary Member at Large

    Messages:
    681
    Likes Received:
    446
    We live just over an hour from Waterton Lakes National Park (the Canadian part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park) and travel there for day trips about ten times per year. I don't think a free pass would have us visiting more but maybe we'll be willing to spend more on ice cream in the town site with the dollars we save!
     
    Carolla likes this.
  4. Pontifex Geronimo 13

    Pontifex Geronimo 13 I am Barabbas

    Messages:
    1,791
    Likes Received:
    665
    I buy the Park Pass every year. I have plans every year to make use of it, but rarely do. I drive from Calgary to Vernon BC several times a year, which takes you through some of the parks. My problem is I am a very competitive driver and when I pass a slow vehicle, I never want it to get in front of me again so am reluctant to stop unless necessary. There are a lot more passing lanes than there used to be so I should relax a bit. Oh ya, and if the cats are on board you cannot enjoy much time away from the vehicle. Thinking of buying a small RV this year because I want to go to the US for August solar eclipse and there will be no place to sleep anywhere along the route of the event. We could also get use of it in the parks. Not a big fan of tents where there are bears. Even where there aren't bears.
     
    Carolla likes this.
  5. KayTheCurler

    KayTheCurler Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,664
    I have some very mixed thoughts about this initiative. Our closest NP is one of the places we camp regularly. Observations over the last ten years include - it is getting much busier, noisier and has decreasing supervision by Park staff with authority. Money is being spent on environmentally damaging projects like trailer sites with all the conveniences of town life. There are fewer basic sites (which are our preference. ) The lack of staff leads to unpleasant situations like overcrowding, unsupervised youngsters chasing around until the early hours of the morning and sites with food left out (this is bear country),

    I would prefer more education about the area, the flora and fauna, more walking trails with information posted, trips led by biologists and forestry experts into parts of the park that are usually gated, etc.. There are already lots of 'resorts' and I see little advantage to turning our NPs into more of the same.

    Chances are that we won't be able to camp there next summer but will likely find a spot in May, June, September or October. Our favourite campground has been closed down (but there was money to do expensive work on a marina), other spots we use are not on the reservation system (that doesn't work well anyway).
     
    Carolla likes this.
  6. ChemGal

    ChemGal One with keen eye

    Messages:
    7,971
    Likes Received:
    2,227
    Camping won't be free. I do see potential issues with places like Banff, especially since it's free to everyone. When I first heard about it I thought it was just free passes that had to be ordered. I didn't realize initially that it was simply free - pass or not.
    It's funny thinking back to it now when I lived close I didn't go all that often - not enough to get an annual pass consistently. I spent more time in Kananaskis and Canmore than Banff as an adult. Banff was more common when relatives came to visit which happened more often when we were all younger.

    I got a pass as I have said I would like to check out the closest National Park. I doubt I will use it much as generally I'm a day tripper and other parks are getting a bit too far to make doing so comfortable. There's also other things I would like to do when the weather is warmer - spending time at places that aren't National Parks too.
     
  7. Mrs.Anteater

    Mrs.Anteater no anteater, but German wild boar

    Messages:
    1,115
    Likes Received:
    794
    Yes, the camping reservation system is crazy- they open at 8 am and at 8.15 my colleague was not able anymore to book any wilderness campsite ( for Keji), it was all gone.
    Here they have a lot of educational sessions. Not so much about how to Camp, though.
    I am looking forward to explore all of the historic sites. The entrance fee has kept me from visiting. I have been to the Halifax citadelle once with visitors from Germany, but haven't been inside of Fort Anne, even though the kids used to love running up and down the outside wall hills. I am hoping there will be lots of historic presentations.
     
  8. paradox3

    paradox3 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,374
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    The locks will be free this summer on the Trent-Severn Waterway. I just can't imagine the volume that might be attracted to the locks and wonder if they will be able to keep up. Will they expand the hours of operation, I wonder? I am picturing extremely long waits.
     
  9. Luce NDs

    Luce NDs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    24,163
    Likes Received:
    2,461
    Perhaps it will be best to loch one's elf up at home with a good tome ... cryptic and all ... especially considering where many don't get the themes, schemes and secret conspiracies buried therein ... tomes can support myth and mythology!
     
  10. KayTheCurler

    KayTheCurler Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,664
    Your story about trying to book campsites is so sad MrsAnteater. Personally speaking, I believe there is a dreadful lack of basic campgrounds at our parks. As a taxpayer I don't think it reasonable to spend those dollars on luxury level campgrounds many people can't afford to stay at! I also resent having money thrown at 'tourist attractions' when most of the park is already a tourist attraction. Maintain walking/hiking/canoeing trails. I have never gone camping to be entertained by man made 'attractions'.
     
    Mrs.Anteater likes this.
  11. crazyheart

    crazyheart tomorrow,tomorrow

    Messages:
    5,549
    Likes Received:
    2,406
    @KayTheCurler, aren't the Provincial and Regional parks going up in Saskatchewan.

    Only a few bucks but I guess Wall needs it. lol
     
  12. KayTheCurler

    KayTheCurler Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,664
    I heard that too. It is getting equally difficult to camp at them anyway. Lots of the campgrounds are used as trailer parking lots for those rich enough to pay for the entire season. Nothing quite as upsetting for a family to get to a park and see the sites holding trailers but no people. Maybe it is time to rethink the Seasonal idea.
     
  13. ChemGal

    ChemGal One with keen eye

    Messages:
    7,971
    Likes Received:
    2,227
    Are you just referring to camping or are there are other fees for those parks too?
     
  14. crazyheart

    crazyheart tomorrow,tomorrow

    Messages:
    5,549
    Likes Received:
    2,406
    camping fees
     
  15. Mendalla

    Mendalla Crazy, spiritually mixed up gorilla general

    Messages:
    14,802
    Likes Received:
    8,667
    Just getting back from one vacation so haven't thought much about others for this year. Of the Canadian national parks that I have not been to yet, Gros Morne would be high on my list, though.
     
  16. KayTheCurler

    KayTheCurler Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,664
    Which Parks have you (and others) been to?

    So far I have been to eleven of them, and unfortunately, will not be likely to add anymore in this life.
     
  17. Luce NDs

    Luce NDs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    24,163
    Likes Received:
    2,461
    You've outgrown parking?

    How age runes the phun ...
     
  18. Hilary

    Hilary Member at Large

    Messages:
    681
    Likes Received:
    446
    As an adult, I've been to three. I know that we visited parks in my childhood, but I don't know which ones or if they were nor if they were National or Provincial.
     
  19. ChemGal

    ChemGal One with keen eye

    Messages:
    7,971
    Likes Received:
    2,227
    Same here for knowing what's been a National park or even the names at times.
     
  20. KayTheCurler

    KayTheCurler Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,664
    I was talking about National Parks. Have also been to quite a few Provincial Parks in several provinces.
     

Share This Page