17 Canadian national parks to see for free in 2017

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BYTiffany Thornton, Special for USA TODAY 8:04 a.m. ET March 18, 2017
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A magical sunset on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake in Kejimkujik National Park.  Louis Barnes, Parks CanadaFullscreen The calm waters at Kejimkujik National Park.  Eric Le Bel, Parks CanadaFullscreen A starry sky over Kejimkujik Lake in Kejimkujik National Park.  Louis Barnes, Parks CanadaFullscreen The iconic home of the fabled Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site.  Scott Munn, Parks CanadaFullscreen Miles of red sandy beaches stretch out before you at Shaws Beach, Prince Edward Island National Park.  Chris Reardon, Parks CanadaFullscreen The boardwalk at Greenwich Dunes Trail in Prince Edward Island National Park.  J. Sylvester, Parks CanadaFullscreen Watching the sun go down from Christian Beach in Georgian Bay Islands National Park.  Ethan Meleg, Parks CanadaFullscreen A scenic sunset at Honeymoon Bay on Beausoleil Island in Georgain Bay Islands National Park.  Ethan Meleg, Parks CanadaFullscreen Sparkling waters among the standing pines at Georgian Bay Islands National Park.  Ethan Meleg, Parks CanadaFullscreen The majestic Cabot Trail weaves its way along the Atlantic coast in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Jacques Pleau, Parks CanadaFullscreen Dawn at Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen Water hits the craggy rocks at Black Brook in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen A lantern leads the way through Cave and Basin National Historic Site.  Graham Twoney, Parks CanadaFullscreen The geological wonder of Cave and Basin National Historic Site.  Graham Twoney, Parks CanadaFullscreen The subterranean water inside Cave and Basin National Historic Site.  Graham Twoney, Parks CanadaFullscreen The raw unspoiled tundra of the Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen The beauty of dusk at Broom Point, along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in Gros Morne National Park.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen Sailing along the fjord, surrounded by the cliffs of the Long Range Mountains, in Gros Morne National Park.  Eric Le Bel, Parks CanadaFullscreen Stepping back in time at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.  Sheldon Stone, Parks CanadaFullscreen Costumed interpreters at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen A visitor hears tales from the Viking past at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen Awe-inspiring vista from the summit of Mount Stamford in Terra Nova National Park.  Eric Laflamme, Parks CanadaFullscreen Boreal forests as far as the eye can see from Louil Hill lookout in Terra Nova National Park.  Eric Laflamme, Parks CanadaFullscreen A view at Buckley’s Cove backcountry campsite in Terra Nova National Park.  Eric Laflamme, Parks CanadaFullscreen A mid-day salute at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.  Ian Harte, Parks CanadaFullscreen Dusk settles over Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.  Adam Young, Parks CanadaFullscreen Kayaking towards a covered bridge near Point Wolfe, Fundy National Park.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen Low tide at Owls Head, Fundy National Park.  Jacques Pleau, Parks CandaFullscreen The tranquil view at a lookout in the Bay of Fundy in Fundy National Park.  Dale Wilson, Parks CanadaFullscreen The Marine Environment Discovery Centre at Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.  Éric Lajeunesse, Parks CanadaFullscreen The boardwalk from the Marine Environment Discovery Centre at Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.  Éric Lajeunesse, Parks CanadaFullscreen Learning about marine life on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.  Jacques Pleau, Parks CanadaFullscreen The view from above Gordon Island at Thousand Islands National Park.  Troy Glover, Parks CanadaFullscreen Pristine beauty at Thousand Islands National Park.  François Houle, Parks CanadaFullscreen A view at Thousand Islands National Park.  François Houle, Parks CanadaFullscreen Gateway to the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.  André Guindon, Parks CanadaFullscreen The Ottawa Locks, Rideau Canal National Historic Site.  André Guindon, Parks CanadaFullscreen Getting ready to set sail at the at Long Island Lock Station in Manotick.  André Guindon, Parks CanadaFullscreen The winding waterways of Riding Mountain National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen A day well spent at Riding Mountain National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen Buffalo in Grasslands National Park.  Kevin Hogarth, Parks CanadaFullscreen Camping in the rugged meadows of Grasslands National Park.  Kevin Hogarth, Parks CanadaFullscreen Horseback riding at Grasslands National Park.  Kevin Hogarth, Parks CanadaFullscreen Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen Peyto Lake along the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen The icy wilds of Lake Louise, Banff National Park.  Parks CanadaFullscreen Hiking along the peaks of Jade Pass in Mount Revelstoke National Park.  Jeff Bolingbroke, Parks CanadaFullscreen Nels’ Knickers at Mount Revelstoke National Park.  Jacolyn Daniluck, Parks CanadaFullscreen Ready to take the leap at Nels’ Knickers, Mount Revelstoke National Park.  Jacolyn Daniluck, Parks CanadaFullscreenReplay1 of 492 of 493 of 494 of 495 of 496 of 497 of 498 of 499 of 4910 of 4911 of 4912 of 4913 of 4914 of 4915 of 4916 of 4917 of 4918 of 4919 of 4920 of 4921 of 4922 of 4923 of 4924 of 4925 of 4926 of 4927 of 4928 of 4929 of 4930 of 4931 of 4932 of 4933 of 4934 of 4935 of 4936 of 4937 of 4938 of 4939 of 4940 of 4941 of 4942 of 4943 of 4944 of 4945 of 4946 of 4947 of 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Watching the sun go down from Christian Beach in Georgian Bay Islands National Park.(Photo: Ethan Meleg, Parks Canada)

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There has never been a better time to explore Canada. This year marks the nation’s 150th anniversary, and to celebrate, Parks Canada is offering free admission from coast to coast into all of Canada's magnificent national parks.

From old Viking settlements tucked away on the shores of the Atlantic to lakes of aquamarine blue surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Parks Canada boasts over 186,000 miles of untouched beauty for visitors to traverse. Uncover heritage sites and marine conservation spots along the way. If boating is your thing, you can glide through Parks Canada's lock systems and historic canals with a complimentary lockage permit.

It's all part of the free Discovery Pass, which can be downloaded online. Preview some of the amazing Canadian sights you can see for free in the gallery above.

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