Parks free for all Grade 8 students in Canada

Editor:

Nature Canada has joined with Parks Canada and the Historica-Dominion Institute to give every Grade 8 student in Canada a free pass to any Parks Canada-administered national park or national historic site. 

The pass is good for a whole year, and so the family doesn’t feel left out, students can flash their pass for an instant discount on a daily family or group pass, too.

With 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas across the country, there are many things you can do with a My Parks Pass — hiking through the Rocky Mountains, sailing down a historic canal or following in the footsteps of Canada’s great historical figures. 

Which adventure you take is up to you.

If you share your My Parks Pass experiences through photos and stories on the My Parks Pass Web site (www.myparkspass.ca) you can win great prizes. Send in a photo of your adventure at a national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area, or if you can’t make it out to one of those destinations, take a picture of yourself with the pass. Your photo could get you an iPod Touch or an iTunes gift card.

The passes were distributed to schools across the country, including Langley, so if you have a Grade 8 student in your house, he or she should have it by now. Any Grade 8 students, including home-schooled students who were missed during the distribution, can request a My Parks Pass through the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or information@pc.gc.ca.

As Canadians, we are remarkably fortunate to have abundant opportunities to connect with nature. For so many of us, some of our favourite childhood memories involve being outdoors – and children today can still have those same memorable moments. So I encourage you to use the My Parks Pass, get outside and have fun.

Ian Davidson

Executive Director, Nature Canada

 

Just Posted

United voice calls for more senior services in Aldergrove

‘The people here deserve more’ says founder of the local Seniors Resource Fair

Aldergrove’s water park opens to public at discounted rates

Though the pool remains closed, the Township has decided to charge a toonie for admission

Fraser Valley pup trained in Aldergrove co-stars in A Dog’s Journey

Film premiers this weekend, starting Friday in Canadian theatres

Homeless woman unsuccessful in lawsuit against government

A Langley homeless woman tried to sue Victoria and Ottawa

Sea of purple showed support for Langley school’s ALS fundraiser

Students and staff were inspired to fundraise by the plight of a teacher living with ALS.

Jeep totalled, four young people in hospital, after single-vehicle crash in Surrey

Mounties have not ruled out any possible factors in what led to the overnight crash

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Cloverdale Rodeo competition promises to be a ‘nail-biter’ this weekend

New challengers giving returning champions a run for their money

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Most Read