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Parks Canada is currently engaging Canadians in a conversation about user fees

Video still from Parks Canada website, showing covered bridge and forest.
Visitor fees play a vital role in supporting Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. — Photo courtesy Parks Canada

This is an excellent opportunity to help guide Parks Canada's future pricing decisions and make sure your voice is heard.

These discussions will focus on three main themes:

  • Reasonable cost recovery for quality services
  • Balancing public good with private user benefits when setting fees
  • Aligning fees with market prices

Visitor fees play a vital role in supporting Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. These protected places have enormous heritage and ecological value, and they also play an important role in Canada's tourism sector. The Kootenay Rockies region is fortunate enough to be home to four of British Columbia's seven national parks. These national parks and the hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and hot springs experiences they provide attract visitors from across Canada and around the world to the Kootenay Rockies each year. It is for this reason that Parks Canada hopes you'll take the opportunity to share your views through their online engagement platform.

The revenue Parks Canada collects from fees is reinvested locally, helping to ensure that visitors continue to enjoy world-class experiences at some of Canada's most iconic destinations. Your input will help Parks Canada continue offering exceptional value, while ensuring that Canadian taxpayers are not over-subsidizing visitor services.

Please link to ParksCanada.gc.ca/consultations before February 15 and be part of the conversation.

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