Every year, Parks Canada offers an annual Discovery Pass for $136.40 per family, which allows unlimited admission to more than 100 national parks, historic and marine-conservation sites. The pass will get you into some of the most awe-inducing wilderness in the world, from the sheer-walled gorges of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park to the polar bear–dotted tundra of Auyuittuq in Nunavut. And remember, all sites are free on Canada Day and each location has its own Free Admission Day. We sifted through the long list of gems and chose the 12 most likely to blow your mind.
Ancient fjords and sheer-walled cliffs make Gros Morne, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, look like a CGI-enhanced panorama from Lord of the Rings. Feeling adventurous? You can backcountry hike the Long Range Mountains,cross-country ski across open fields and kayak through the pristine waters of Trout River Pond in summer.
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