Upcoming fee adjustments at Parks Canada
Parks Canada manages an extensive world-class system of protected natural and cultural heritage areas where Canadians, and people from around the globe, can go to experience the best that Canada has to offer. The Agency is committed to providing visitors with high-quality experiences that are affordable for all Canadians.
Parks Canada will be making a number of fee adjustments beginning in 2020. Details about these price adjustments can be found below. Our updated prices will help ensure that we continue to offer high-quality and meaningful experiences to visitors from Canada and around the world.
Price adjustments starting January 1, 2020
Price adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index
Under the Service Fees Act, Parks Canada, among other federal departments and agencies, will begin adjusting fees, including admission, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The first of these CPI based fee adjustments will take place January 1, 2020.
Visitors will see a minor adjustment of 2.2% on many Parks Canada fees.
For example, this will result in an increase of less than 40 cents per day for adult daily admission, an increase of less than 80 cents per night for a full-service campsite, and an increase of $3 on the price of an annual Family/Group Discovery Pass.
Parks Canada’s fees have not been adjusted in over 10 years. By the time adjustments will be applied, the cost of living will have increased by approximately 21%. These small adjustments will help Parks Canada recover a greater portion of the costs associated with visitor services.
Service level and admission fee adjustments at select locations
Parks Canada’s admission fee structure is based on the level of service provided in each national park, historic site, and marine conservation area. The level of service is based on the number of hours a visitor would typically spend on-site and the variety of available visitor programs, services, and facilities.
Since fees were last adjusted over 10 years ago, some national parks and historic sites have significantly increased the level of service provided to visitors. The Agency recently assessed the current service levels offered at Parks Canada places. Through this review, 24 sites have been reclassified, and their admission fees will be adjusted beginning on January 1, 2020. In most cases, these adjustments represent a change of less than $4 for an adult daily admission.
|Province/Territory||Location name||New fee|
|Saskatchewan||Grasslands National Park||$5.93|
|Ontario||Bruce Peninsula National Park||$7.97|
|Yukon||S.S. Keno National Historic Site||$3.99|
|S.S. Klondike National Historic Site||$3.99|
|Province/Territory||Location name||Previous fee||New fee|
|British Columbia||Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Glacier National Park||$7.80||$10.02|
|Mount Revelstoke National Park||$7.80||$10.02|
|Pacific Rim National Park Reserve||$7.80||$10.02|
|Alberta||Bar U Ranch National Historic Site||$7.80||$11.96|
|Cave and Basin National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Saskatchewan||Batoche National Historic Site||$7.80||$11.96|
|Fort Battleford National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Manitoba||Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site||$7.80||$11.96|
|Ontario||Bellevue House National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area||$5.80||$7.97|
|Quebec||Fort Chambly National Historic Site||$5.65||$7.97|
|Fort Lennox National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Cape Spear National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
|Red Bay National Historic Site||$7.80||$11.96|
|Signal Hill National Historic Site||$3.90||$7.97|
Public consultation on Parks Canada fees
The period of consultation has now come to an end. We thank you for participating. Parks Canada values the role of public engagement in the fee-setting process. We hope you had an opportunity to contribute to the conversations. Your feedback is important to us.
Responses are currently being analyzed. The input Canadians provided will be used to inform price decisions on optional, value-added facilities and services not typically included with admission, as well as updates to some definitions.
Parks Canada will draft a report to present key findings. Those findings will support the preparation of a fee proposal.
The fee proposal will be submitted to the Minister for approval. Once approved, modified fees and definitions will be published in the Canada Gazette and will be implemented starting on January 1, 2021.
If you have not registered, but would like to get a copy of the engagement report, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.