How much does an unforgettable moment cost? Less than you might think.

Parks Canada manages an extensive world-class system of protected natural and cultural heritage areas where Canadians, and people from around the globe, can experience the best Canada has to offer. All of these places managed by Parks Canada provide visitors high-quality experiences while contributing significantly to local economies.

To maintain its operations, Parks Canada relies largely on government appropriations and supplements its budget with revenues from user fees. Government appropriations are used primarily to protect Canada's cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of all Canadians. Revenues generated by fees partially recover the costs required to provide those products and services, for which users receive a personal benefit.

These fees are set so that Parks Canada can provide amazing experiences and great value to visitors, and continue to make important contributions to tourism across the country.

Fee adjustments at Parks Canada

Since January 1, 2020, visitors to Parks Canada places can see an adjustment of 2.2% on many fees. This change was made to keep pace with inflation and is part of Parks Canada’s fulfillment of obligations under the 2017 Service Fees Act. Parks Canada has also improved services offered at 21 locations across Canada. These service improvements resulted in some changes to fees.

Details about these price adjustments can be found below.

Parks Canada strives to provide affordable experiences to families. The Agency is committed to ensuring that all fees represent good value for Canadians and do not unduly impact the enjoyment and accessibility of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.

Price adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index

Under the 2017 Service Fees Act, Parks Canada, among other federal departments and agencies, has begun adjusting fees, including admission fees, based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The first of these CPI based fee adjustments took place January 1, 2020. Visitors can see a minor adjustment of 2.2% on many Parks Canada fees.

For example, this change resulted in an increase of approximately 40 cents or less per day for adult daily admission, an increase of less than 85 cents per night for a full-service campsite, and an increase of $3 on the price of an annual Family/Group Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

These adjustments are small, but they will help Parks Canada continue to offer amazing experiences to visitors.

Service level and admission fee adjustments at select locations

Parks Canada has increased services at some of its places, resulting in changes to its fees. These locations now offer much more to visitors.

On January 1, 2020, 21 Parks Canada places experienced a change in fees to reflect improvements in the offer to visitors.

Four locations introduced admission fees
Province/Territory Location name New fee
Saskatchewan Grasslands National Park $5.90
Ontario Bruce Peninsula National Park $7.90
Yukon S.S. Keno National Historic Site $3.90
S.S. Klondike National Historic Site $3.90
17 locations increased admission fees
Province/Territory Location name Previous fee New fee
British Columbia Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites $3.90 $7.90
Glacier National Park $7.80 $10.00
Mount Revelstoke National Park $7.80 $10.00
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve $7.80 $10.00
Alberta Bar U Ranch National Historic Site $7.80 $11.90
Cave and Basin National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Saskatchewan Batoche National Historic Site $7.80 $11.90
Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Manitoba Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site $7.80 $11.90
Ontario Bellevue House National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area $5.80 $7.90
Quebec Fort Chambly National Historic Site $5.65 $7.90
Fort Lennox National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site $3.90 $7.90
Newfoundland and Labrador Red Bay National Historic Site $7.80 $11.90