RV and Travel News: Use Canada's National Parks for Free

By: South Thompson RV   |   05 May 2017
Banff National Park

Turning 150-years-old is a pretty huge deal and definitely deserving of a celebration.

As you likely know, Canada is turning the big 1-5-0 this year and as part of the nationwide celebration, Canadians can get access to all national parks absolutely free of charge. In other words, for an RV owner, there has never been a better time to explore any and all of Canada’s national parks.

Get Your Pass

Before you set out on your road trip to any of these parks, you first have to get a pass, which is pretty simple. Just go to the Parks Canada website and fill out a basic form. Within a couple of weeks you’ll get your free pass that allows you to explore Canada’s national parks at will.

Where to?

Once you have your pass, the hardest thing you’re going to have to do is decide on where to head with your travel trailer or motorhome. Canada is a big place. A really big place. Our country has an area of  9.985 million km², and with more than 40 national parks, your options are seemingly endless. It’s really all about you; are you interested in heading to the rugged, rural north? Or maybe you want to stick to the coasts - in which case you’ll have to take your pick, we’re connected to three oceans. It’s a good problem to have, but doing a little research on what parks make sense for you and your travel companions is a good idea.

Your Own Backyard

British Columbia is a pretty big place by itself, which means you have options. If you’re keen on sticking to the interior and the more mountainous areas of BC, Mount Revelstoke National Park is less than three hours away. It will be a drive of epic views and winding mountain roads.

For those looking to hook-up their travel trailer and head to the coast, you’re in luck, there are two national park reserves located on Vancouver Island meant for you. The drive and ferry ride to get to the island will be an adventure and once you reach the reserves, you’ll be treated to pristine views of endless trees, coastline, and wildlife.

A Little Further

So, how much time do you have? As we said, Canada is a massive place, so your options are pretty much endless. If you have the time, a cross country trek to the East Coast is a great idea. Sure, the drive from South Thompson to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia is about 56 hours, but think about the adventure you’ll have on the trip. There are literally dozens of national parks and historic sites to experience along the way. And, of course, the East Coast of Canada is something all Canadians need to behold at least once. From the views, to the people, to the food, everyone enjoys a vacation in the Maritimes.

If a trip across Canada is a bit too long of a drive for you, why not head north? If you drive almost directly north for 26 hours you’ll reach Nahanni National Park Reserve where you will find truly breathtaking views of rugged mountains, gorgeous rivers and so much more.

There really isn’t a bad decision when it comes to Canada’s national parks - each one is unique and special. Don’t miss out on the summer of a lifetime, enjoy free access all year long.

Before hitting the road, make sure your motorhome, or travel trailer is ready for adventure, have it serviced at South Thompson RV. And if you need any travel advice, we’re always here to help - contact us anytime.


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