Canada Parks Pass

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1. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey Everyone!
My friend and I are driving around the west coast and east coast of Canada in September and October, planning to visit some of the wonderful national parks you have. We were just wondering a few things:
1. Can we buy these Canada Parks passes in Vancouver or do you just buy them when you get to one of the parks? For the 6 weeks we’ll be in Canada, are they worth buying?
2. We both have Australian Seniors cards and we were wondering if we are eligible for the seniors concession passes or are they only for Canadian/American citizens?
3. We spent over 1000 euros on tolls when we drove ourselves around Europe a few years ago. Are we likely to incur similar expenses on the Canadian roads-are there many toll roads in these areas?
I hope there’s someone out there who can help us with these questions. You’ve been very helpful with my previous enquiries- thank you .

2. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 25 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello Lynette 56,

1) buy your Canada Park Passes at the first Canada Park you go to. It will then be good for a year. Normally you have to write your car registration on it. But as you will have a rental car and be moving from west to east of Canada I would suggest you just leave it blank. That’s what I did.
Warning: Canada NP pass is only good for Park that are managed by Canada National Park. It won’t be valid for Provincial Park, Territorial park etc. You might find that you will on,y be visiting one national park and then all the other ones will be Provinicial or territorial, so check out the parks you want to visit before you decide if it is worth it.

2) yes Senior price should apply to you as well in Canada. That was the case for my husband a couple of years ago.

3) No you won’t be paying any tolls on road like it is in France or Europe (don’t I know it).

Have a lovely trip


3. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi again, MAd4Travel,
Nice to hear from you again! And thank you for your prompt reply.
I didn’t realise that different bodies controlled the parks so that’s a good tip to find out if purchasing them is worthwhile.
It’s a bit like the British Heritage Pass in that respect- you need to know exactly which parks you intend to visit and I suppose it’s worthwhile to find out the actual individual costs of each park and do your math!
And it’s a relief to know we won’t be up for huge toll expenses as well. I was flabbergasted when I calculated the total cost of tolls in Europe!!
Looks like I’ll have some more research ahead of me.
Thanks again for your input!

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 410 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

There are quite a few toll bridges in Canada, mostly in Ontario. I see your plan is driving the east coast and the west coast, but if you happen to be driving through Ontario....

The fees are nominal, so don't be too dismayed if and when you hit that first one!

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2019, at 08:30 by road to roam ]

5. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 205 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You can pre-purchase your park pass here:

Park Pass...

I did it a couple of years ago and they came in the mail and you won't have to worry.

6. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you, Road to Roam and Dymphna, for your replies. Your information is much appreciated and I’ll definitely check out the website you included.