National parks and conservation areas are some of the best natural areas in Canada to explore. However there is a big difference between the two. National Parks are funded through the Federal Government of Canada. Conservation Areas are operated by Conservation Authorities within Ontario, including Kettle Creek Conservation Authority – that self generate funds along with a municipal levy to operate areas such as Dalewood and Lake Whittaker Conservation Area. National Parks and Conservation Authorities are completely separate organizations.
Parks Canada Discovery Pass
In 2017, to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday, the government of Canada is offering a FREE Parks Canada Discovery Pass to all National Parks across Canada. This pass is active from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017.
The Discovery Pass ensures free entry only to places managed by Parks Canada. It does not apply to provincial, municipal or private parks, nor to the many historic sites not managed by Parks Canada.
There are five National Parks in Ontario:
- Bruce Peninsula National Park
- Georgian Bay Islands National Park
- Point Pelee National Park
- Pukaskwa National Park
- Thousand Islands National Park