Parks Canada is giving away 4,000 passes to Americans
More Americans could be descending on Parks Canada locations across the country as the national parks organization is set to give away thousands of passes to residents south of the border.
The Canada Refresh Program, which hopes to convince American nature lovers to embrace the beauty and diversity of national parks across Canada, includes:
- Parks Canada Discovery Pass Giveaway*: Canada is giving away 4,000 year-long passes ($113 value) to Americans that include access to over 80 destinations across Canada's diverse natural scenery.
- Dream Nature Sabbatical*: One lucky American will receive a sabbatical worth $20,000 to see the power of parks in action. They'll enjoy the beauty of Canada and soak in the mental health and wellness benefits it provides.
"We're next-door neighbors—and we want to welcome back our American friends with access to places we know will lift their spirits and send them home with more than just a memory, with that good feeling you get after spending time at an old friends' home," said Gloria Loree, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer, Destination Canada. "So yeah, we have the lush forests, endless coastlines, towering mountains and spectacular lakes—but we have more than that. We have the ability to help Americans refresh, connect with nature, and take the time to deepen their appreciation for the richness that exists within these beautiful spaces."
Dr. Melissa Lem, MD, CCFP, FCFP, and Director of PaRx, an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation, is a family physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has embraced the mounting evidence linking time spent in nature to health. She's been informally advising natural outings to her patients for more than a decade and was a huge advocate for bringing the PaRx program in Canada to life.
"I'm excited that so many Americans will get to experience the incredible natural environment of Canada," said Dr. Lem. "Research demonstrates the wide-ranging health benefits of increased nature contact, and I am proud to support the Canada Refresh program in bringing a healthy and restorative experience to so many people."
Canada is home to 171 national historic sites, 47 national parks, five national marine conservation areas and one national urban park. Many of these protected places are managed in close collaboration and partnership with Indigenous Peoples. The stewardship of these protected places is a badge of honor that Canadians wear proudly.
"Canada is fortunate to have one of the largest networks of protected places in the world," said Michael Nadler, Parks Canada's Vice President, External Relations and Visitor Experience. "Parks Canada is dedicated to protecting and sharing national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas with Canadians and visitors from around the world and we welcome our neighbors from the United States to travel to these iconic destinations and visit in 2022 and every year."
Americans interested in experiencing the refreshing properties of Canada can visit canadarefresh.com between July 6 and July 31 to enter to win and learn more about Canada's parks.