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 85 cents per night for a full-service campsite, and an increase of $3 on the price of an annual Family/Group Discovery Pass.

To ensure visitors continue to receive efficient service at gates, daily admission prices will be rounded down to the nearest dime.

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, 21 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.

Four locations will introduce admission fees

Four locations will introduce 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 will increase admission fees

17 locations will increase 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

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.

If you have not registered, but would like to get a copy of the engagement report, send an email to

How fees are set at Parks Canada


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Did you know Parks Canada's funding comes from two sources: dollars coming from Canadian taxpayers and revenues from visitor fees?

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Our conservation efforts are funded by Canadian taxpayers, as the whole country benefits from a network of protected places.

[An underwater diver dressed in a combination of Parks Canada examines the remains of a ship.]

[A Parks Canada employee planting a tree.]

[Two elk fighting in a field.]

When someone visits a national protected place, they are making personal use of infrastructure and services.

[A group of young women's cross-country skiing.]

[A visitor who is launching his boat.]

They are asked to offset a portion of these costs through visitor fees.

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Every time you visit, you are investing in both world-class visitor experiences and in a legacy for future generations.

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[A group of friends enjoying an outdoors campfire fed by a Parks Canada employee on a winter day.]

[A young family having fun during a visit with a Parks Canada guide.]

Parks Canada’s fees were last adjusted a decade ago.

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We’re due for a conversation about it!

[A group of visitors cheering during rum tasting with their guide. | Title: Last adjustment of fees in 2008]

Your input will help guide Parks Canada’s pricing decisions on optional, value added services, Adjustments to prices would take place starting 2021.

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[A group of friends who enjoy hot springs. | Title: Value Added Services: Thermal Springs / Golf / Public Transit and Parking / Use of Backcountry Trails and Winter Trails / Recreational Fishing Licenses / Space Rentals / Boat Launching / Guided Tours / Other Special Programs]

Thank you for your participation!

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Visit before February 15, and be part of the conversation!

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