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.
Inside the Bruce Peninsula National Park you’ll find the crystal waters of the Grotto, a wide-mouth cave where teens and tourists frolick in summer (get to it by hiking along the rugged Georgian Bay Trail). Camping in the park runs year round — great for rugged types who don’t mind pitching a tent in minus temps.