It's been a good week for national park news. On the coattails of the announcement that all U.S. national parks will be fee-free on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Canada shared a bit of a teaser for what's to come in their neck of the woods. Essentially, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in the best way possible: by taking away the entry fee on every single one of its national parks for an entire year. The only bad part of the deal is that we have to wait until 2017 (the country's actual anniversary) to frolic among the country's waterfalls and lush greenery for free.
Annual passes to the country's national parks will usually run you $136.40 (covering a family up to seven people) and any pass purchased in 2017 with remain valid for 24 months as opposed to the usual 12. There's even more good news: anyone who becomes a Canadian citizen in the 12 months leading up to 2018 gets a free year-long pass to their new homeland's parks. Oh, Canada: we like the sound of this.