Parks Canada

Parks Canada

May 09, 2009 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Fee Freeze at National Parks and Historic Sites

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a two-year fee freeze at national parks and national historic sites managed by Parks Canada.

"Canada has some of the most magnificent and fascinating places to visit in the world," said Minister Prentice. "In this time of global economic recession, our government is doing what it can to encourage Canadians to enjoy these places. For many families every dollar counts, so we have decided to freeze entry fees to Canada's National Parks and Historic Sites for the next two years."

For individuals, the 2008 rates will stay in place until April 1, 2011. For the travel trade, the 2009 rates now in effect will be frozen until April 1, 2012.

"We are helping to support time-honoured traditions such as the summer family camping trip and the student backpacking adventure", added the Minister. "This important economic decision will help make Canada's best vacation destinations more affordable to Canadians, and will help make our parks more attractive worldwide."

Minister Prentice made the announcement while unveiling Parks Canada's new national advertising campaign, which will begin May 11 and will air for five weeks on television and for eight weeks on the Internet.

"This campaign will invite Canadians to discover - and rediscover - their national parks and national historic sites, and encourage them to plan their vacations around the great facilities, services and exciting activities awaiting them throughout the country," said the Minister.

"These initiatives will help ensure Canadians' access to their natural and historic treasures, also serves to remind us what makes Canada such a vibrant country in terms of its history and natural beauty," said the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism. "Perhaps even more importantly, today's announcement is good for the Canadian tourism industry and local economies across the country."

Parks Canada is using several new tools this year including the Canadian Tourism Commission's Explorer Quotient to develop exciting and expanded programs, activities such as improved camping services, geocaching, and new walking trails.

"In these challenging economic times, Canada's tourism sector applauds these important initiatives, which will encourage more individuals and families to visit some of Canada's most remarkable tourism attractions," said TIAC President and CEO Randy Williams. "These investments and initiatives will provide tangible benefits to the tourism sector, and will help improve our competitiveness in the global tourism market."

(Backgrounders available on the Internet at under Media room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Bill Rodgers
    Communications Director
    Parks Canada
    Joanne Huppe
    Media Relations Advisor