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Canada celebrates 150th anniversary with free passes to busy national parks

Canada is offering a free pass to its national parks in 2017. (Rich Landers)
Canada is offering a free pass to its national parks in 2017. (Rich Landers)

PARKS -- This might be the worst year in a long time, in terms of elbow room, for visiting Canada's gorgeous national parks.

As a promotion, free season passes were offered to national parks visitors as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. People are using them, also taking advantage of an exchange rate that gives them a deep discount on the loonie.

The Calgary Herald reports that visitation has been high, but not much higher than last year, so far.

Choice backcountry permits are always pretty much reserved by the time the season starts, but walk-up permits can become available

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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