I know that it’s already almost August and that it is more than halfway through 2017, but just in case you’re in Canada and still don’t know about this or have not taken advantage of it, you should do so immediately.
As part of Canada’s celebration of its 150 years as a Confederation, the government has declared that admission to the country’s National Parks, Historic Sites, and Marine Conservation Areas will be free in 2017.
All you need to get in would be this thing right here.
It’s called the Parks Canada Discovery Pass. You can get it by ordering one here, or you can do what we did and just drove up to one of the parks and was automatically given one upon entry.
Canada is home to 39 National Parks and eight National Park Reserves. These make up a total land area of 303,571 km², or about 3.0% of the total land area of Canada. For reference, the total land area of the Philippines is roughly 300,000 km². Basically, you’ll never be able to explore all of Canada’s natural wonders in one lifetime.
In 2016, a total of 14,469,008 visitors made their way into Canadian National Parks and 2017 looks to shatter those numbers. We’re happy and proud to be two of the many millions that get to experience the natural beauty that Canada has to offer.
Here in Prince Edward Island, we have the Prince Edward Island National Park. It’s located on the north end of the island and is home to beaches, forest areas, boardwalks, and trails.
Recently, we rented a car for a couple of days and checked out the Prince Edward Island National Park, here are some of the things we were able to see.
Anne of Green Gables
Green Gables, which is the setting, and inspiration for the world-famous Anne of Green Gables by local writer Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of the central attractions of the park.
The place features an Anne of Green Gables Museum where you can learn more about the books and the writer while also seeing some cool period-accurate things.
Oh, and if you’re on your way east from Green Gables, be sure to look out on the right side of your car for this huge field full of Lupins! It’s right across the French River viewing platform.
From the looks of the field, it probably was private property, but there were other tourists stopping to take photos, so we got off and took some pictures as well.
Thunder Cove Beach
Thunder Cove beach is not technically part of Prince Edward Island National Park, but it relatively near the park areas. It is a beach made famous by its red sand and sandstone formations dotting its shoreline. I guess it’s a pretty cool way to get up close and personal with Prince Edward Island’s trademark red sand.
Be sure that you try to go during the low-tide as to not miss out on seeing this beauty.
We weren’t able to see this because of the high-tide that was blocking access to it.
We’re from the Philippines, so admittedly, the beaches here in North America really can’t compare with the tropical beaches of South East Asia, but the boardwalk over at the Greenwich side of the park heading into Greenwich beach was probably the best lead-up to a beach that I have ever seen.
It’s amazing. It blew me away. Getting here required around a 30-minute walk from the parking lot, so be sure to bring proper foot wear and some insect repellant if you’re going in the summer.
So that basically is our little excursion to the Prince Edward Island National Park. Do note that while it is possible to do all of these in one day, it would be better to spread it out over two or three days like we did to ensure that you have time to just enjoy the scenery. Prince Edward Island is a pretty small place and you should be able to drive from Charlottetown to these places in under an hour, so it should be easy to plan everything out.
Our car that we rented from Budget (excuse my bad parking, still not use to really generous parking spaces here in Canada!), it cost around $145 before taxes for three days.
We brought our GPS from the Philippines. It would be better if you had an actual GPS device rather than relying on Waze since mobile internet signal might be spotty in some places on the island.
We hope you guys enjoyed this post! We’ve been adjusting well here in PEI and we’ll try to talk about that more soon. Don’t be shy to leave us a comment if you have any questions or just wanted to say hi. 🙂