Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a Parks Canada free 2017 Discovery Pass?

The 2017 Discovery Pass provides free admission for the entire year to all Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast. Order your pass before your arrival for faster entry and greater convenience.

Why should I get a free 2017 seasonal lockage permit?

The 2017 seasonal lockage permit allows passage through lock systems on all of Parks Canada's national historic canals throughout the entire 2017 navigation season, free of charge.

Which places offer free admission in 2017?
  • All national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada.
  • Historic canals and waterways operated by Parks Canada (free lockage).

See the full list of Parks Canada places before you visit for additional information.

What is not included with free admission and free lockage in 2017?

Regular fees still apply for other experiences and services including the following:

  • Camping, backcountry, and other accommodations
  • Admission to Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes, and programs not usually included with admission
  • Firewood
  • Backcountry overnight use

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please verify with the location you will be visiting for more details.

I have a 2016 Discovery Pass. Do I need to get a 2017 Discovery Pass?

No. Your 2016 Discovery Pass is valid for two full years from the date of the original purchase - check your pass for your specific expiry date.

Where can I get my Discovery Pass or lockage and mooring permits?

You can order your Discovery Pass as well as lockage and mooring permits online before your visit. The Discovery Pass is also available at any Parks Canada location, or you can pick up a pass in person by visiting one of our partners.

Lockage and mooring permits are available upon arrival at all lock stations that provide access to Parks Canada canals. Visit for more information.

To order a seasonal lockage permit or seasonal overnight mooring permit for a commercial vessel or a vessel over 84 feet (25.6 metres) in length, please contact Parks Canada's National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or email for more information. It is not possible to order a permit online for a vessel of over 84 feet (25.6 metres) in length.

Do I need a 2017 Discovery Pass for each member of my group or family if we are all traveling together?

No. A 2017 Discovery Pass is valid for all persons arriving in the same vehicle at a national park or for groups entering a marine conservation area or historic site together.

For how long is my free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass or 2017 boating permit valid?

The 2017 Discovery Pass is valid from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

Seasonal lockage and mooring permits are valid for the entire 2017 navigation season.

Can I order a pass or permit for someone else?

Yes. You can order up to four free 2017 Discovery Passes in a single transaction online, and passes are also available upon arrival.

If you are purchasing a boating permit for someone else, you will need to have their vessel length and registration number, as indicated by Transport Canada.

I am part of the travel trade. Where can I find information about free admission for my clients in 2017?

As much as possible, Parks Canada will be taking a "business-as-usual-without-the-payment" approach for the travel trade to ensure a smooth transition through this exceptional year. You can find more information in the travel trade section of our website.

I would like to place a bulk order of 2017 Discovery Passes. Is that possible?

To provide a prompt and equitable distribution, we will not be shipping orders of more than four passes. If you would like to order four passes or less, please order online at Visitors can also get a free Discovery Pass upon arrival at any Parks Canada location.

Members of larger groups can order their free 2017 Discovery Pass individually on our website at In addition to the actual pass, each order will include a special edition brochure with a map of Parks Canada places. If you order multiple passes, you will only receive one brochure with your order.

How long will it take for my pass or permit to arrive by mail? If I order online, can I go to a participating location immediately?

When you order a pass or permit online or by phone, Parks Canada will ship your order as soon as possible. First-class shipping is included free of charge.

If you are concerned that your order may not arrive before you depart for your visit, don't worry! You can also get your 2017 Discovery Pass or boating permit upon arrival at your destination.

If you are traveling within four weeks, we recommend that you obtain your pass or permit upon arrival.

How do I display my pass or permit?

Discovery Pass

The Discovery Pass should be hung from the rear view mirror of the vehicle or placed on the front driver side dashboard when visiting a national park, and must be presented by hand at the entry kiosk when visiting a national historic site.

Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Permits

Please display your seasonal lockage or mooring permit decal as indicated below.

  • Sailboats: affix permit to the bottom of mast, facing the bow.
  • Powerboats: affix permit to the bottom of windshield, in the middle, facing the bow.
  • Dinghies: affix permit to the inside of transom, facing the bow.