This year Canada turns 150 years young and the federal government has made entrance to all National Parks FREE with the 2017 Discovery Pass!
This means there’s no excuse for us Canadians to get out there and experience our country and take in mother nature. For me, this means in the summer months but you snow bunnies are welcome to get out there now!
It’s very easy to get your pass. I ordered two this week. It took me about two minutes, maybe less, to fill out the order form and confirm it. So, before the summer months come and it gets backlogged, I would order it today. Order it here.
Now, if you live in the GTA like me, you may be asking yourself, where the heck do I access a national park? Growing up in northern Ontario, Canadian National Parks were quite accessible. However, in the GTA, I understand how it might not cross your mind all the time, or at all. We’re in luck though, there are a few parks around the area and even some right in the GTA, itself. I thought I’d make a list because getting out in the fresh air and disconnecting from all the noise of our daily lives is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself, to nature and the epitome of enjoying a minimal life.
Rouge National Urban Park – Canada’s Urban Park is new and there are many trails to hike. Find out more here.
Rouge River National Park – If you’ve ever taken the GO Train East of Guildwood then you’d know this spot; you can see the walking trails right along the waterfront. Just a short trip away from downtown, Rouge River is open all year round for walking and then so much more in the summer months. More information here.
Forks of the Credit – Located northwest of Brampton on the famous Bruce Trail, Forks of the Credit is part of the Niagara Escarpment. i There’s a feature waterfall at this park. Find out more here.
Enjoy the fresh air!