Do you need a passport to go to Canada? Plus free admission to National Parks and more in 2017

Posted on January 6, 2017 by in TOP Travel Destinations, Travel Deals

Do you need a passport to go to Canada?

The answer may not be what you were expecting! The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs states that US citizens need both proof of citizenship and government-issued photo ID when entering Canada, so this could be a valid US passport or passport card, but not necessarily – a NEXUS card will do the trick or you could even use your birth certificate and driving license.

However, if you’re planning on returning to the US via a flight from Canada, then you will definitely need your passport to gain entry back in to the US; so for a round-trip, you’re going to have to pack that passport anyway.

Additionally, it’s useful to know that US citizens don’t need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

What’s the deal with free admission to National Parks and more?

Do you need a passport to go to Canada

Incredibly, throughout 2017, admission to ALL National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites administered by Parks Canada is totally free – for everyone and unlimited times! To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the cost of a Discovery Pass is waived throughout this year until December 31st, 2017; it usually retails at ~CAD$140 (US$105) for a family ticket or ~CAD$70 (US$52.50) just for one adult, so this is a fantastic deal.

Not only that, but when you order a free Discovery Pass, there is no shipping charge to anywhere in the world and there’s no catch (including no credit card information taken).

Do you need a passport to go to Canada

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to the country, you can enjoy so much of Canada’s beauty and history with the free Discovery Pass. Canada has 47 National Parks, from Aulavik in the in the Northwest Territories, which covers 12,000 km² of arctic wilderness on Banks Island, to British Columbia’s Yoho, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

You can also check out all 171 of the country’s Historic Sites that are administered by Parks Canada here and the 4 National Marine Conservation Areas here.

What else do I need to know about the free admission to National Parks and more?

Note that camping fees are not waived with the Discovery Pass, whether you order a free one now or pay for a pass next year onward.

HT 604 Now for the heads-up on the great Discovery Pass 2017 promotion.


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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