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4 National Parks to Visit in Alberta this Spring

The sun is out, the grass is green and the days are getting longer. It’s finally that time of the year to start spending time in the great outdoors.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada has waived fees for 2017 park passes. If you’re used to paying the $20 fee to get into Banff National Park for a day, then you’ll know what a great deal this is, and you might even already have your free park pass. If you’re not used to visiting national parks however, just know that this is a perk you might want to take advantage of this season. Here are 4 national parks to visit right here in Alberta.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park was Canada’s first national park and is somewhat famous for its aesthetics alone. Whether you enjoy fine dining, hiking, shopping or camping, there’s something for everyone in Banff.

Elk Island National Park

Is the perfect place to forget about the stress of everyday city life. Elk Island National Park is a refuge for elk, bison and over 200 bird species. But it’s more than that; this is the perfect place to enjoy a calm day surrounded by nature or a peaceful weekend of camping.

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and boasts iconic scenery, bike trails, camping facilities and events led by Parks Canada.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the Alberta prairies simultaneously in Waterton Lakes National Park. With exceptional scenery, an array of wildlife, and a waterfront town, there are countless sites to take in and adventures to be had.

It’s time to get outdoors and play just as hard as you work. If you haven’t already picked up your free Parks Canada Discovery Pass, order one here and start exploring the beauty in your own backyard.

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