Changes coming to Parks Canada Fees in 2023

Some Parks Canada fees will be changing beginning in January 2023. More information is available here.

Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites, where revenues are kept to support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its future — and in a legacy for future generations.

The following definitions apply to entry and service fee categories unless otherwise specified

Adult - Person 18 to 64 years of age
Senior - Person 65 years of age or over
Youth - Person 6 to 17 years of age

Free admission for youth 17 and under


If you are travelling to Gwaii Haanas as part of a guided trip, you will make your reservation, pay your fee and receive your orientation directly through your selected tour operator.

If you are travelling to Gwaii Haanas on a self-guided trip, you will need to call our office to make your reservation, pay your fee and set up your orientation.

Make your reservation by calling toll free 1-877-559-8818, Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Be prepared with your planned entry and departure dates. Keep in mind that July and August are the busiest periods and the number of visitors allowed to enter Gwaii Haanas each day is limited.

If applicable, you will also be asked for your boat name, vessel registration number, and country of registration.


All self-guided Gwaii Haanas visitors must attend an orientation session. Please allow 1.5 hours for the session. It is a legal requirement and provides safety information and traveller protocols. This session is also an excellent introduction to the natural and cultural history of the area.

All visitors will be asked to provide our staff with information required in an emergency situation, as well as visitor use statistics. You will be asked to provide your boat type and name, colour of camping gear and emergency contact. 

2020 Orientation Schedule
June 1 - June 30 Monday to Friday 9 a.m.
July 1 - August 15 Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.
August 17 - August 31 Monday to Friday 9 a.m.
September 1 - May 31 Monday to Friday by appointment (48 hours notice)

All scheduled orientations take place in Classroom One at the Haida Heritage Centre. It is not necessary to reserve space in orientations.

Spring 2020 orientations in Vancouver and Sidney, BC

  • Tuesday March 3, 7-8:30pm, Library Square Conference Centre, VanDusen/Kaye room, 350 W. Georgia St, Vancouver 
  • Sunday March 8, 5:30-7pm at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney

These orientation sessions are free to attend. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Special bookings

To book an orientation for a large group or special circumstance (e.g. at a time not regularly scheduled), call 1-877-559-8818. Sessions delivered outside of normal working hours cost $78.50 and payment is made at time of booking.

Orientations in French

To book an orientation in French, call 1-877-559-8818 at least 48 hours in advance.




*Adult$ 20.00
*Senior$ 16.90
The fees are applicable from May 1 until September 30.


*Adult$ 120.29
*Senior$ 100.26
The fees are applicable from May 1 until September 30.

Seasonal Early Bird

*Adult$ 60.09
*Senior$ 50.08
Early bird visitor user fees only apply to in-person purchases at the Gwaii Haanas office located at 60 Second Beach Road, HlGaagilda (Skidegate) until April 30 annually.


Visitor Information Centre

Sandspit, per hour$ 13.70
Sandspit, per day$ 36.80


Off the Shelf Programs, per group

Per Hour of Program Delivery$ 73.60

Custom Programs, per group

Per Hour of Program Development and Program Delivery$ 49.00

Park Orientation Program

Per Request$ 78.50
For requests outside of regularly scheduled programs contact the Gwaii Haanas office at 1-800-559-8818 or send an email to

Free admission for youth 17 and under

As of January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free! There’s no better time to create lasting memories with the whole family.


What is free?

Admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada will be provided free of charge.

Free admission for youth only applies to places managed by Parks Canada. It does not apply to provincial parks, territorial parks, municipal and private parks, nor to the many historic sites not managed by Parks Canada.

Please refer to the full list of Parks Canada places before you plan your visit to take advantage of free admission for youth.

What is not free?

Parks Canada is pleased to offer free admission for youth at our parks and sites, however regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as:

  • Camping, backcountry and other accommodations
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Northern Park Backcountry Camping and Excursion Permit
  • Lockage
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission
  • Some special event fees
  • Firewood
  • Backcountry overnight use

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