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Parks Canada kicks-off the Canada 150 visitor season at Terra Nova National Park and National Historic Sites in Eastern Newfoundland

by pmnationtalk on May 19, 201781 Views

May 18, 2017     St. John’s, NL       Parks Canada Agency

Starting on May 18th, 2017, Terra Nova National Park will begin welcoming visitors for the 2017 season. The national historic sites in Eastern Newfoundland, including Signal Hill and Cape Spear Lighthouse, will soon begin a busy summer schedule, allowing visitors to connect with our shared cultural and natural heritage.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas across the country.

This year, iconic Parks Canada destinations in Eastern Newfoundland will offer new and innovative programs to enable more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and connect with our environment and rich history.

Canada’s national parks and historic sites will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. Parks Canada locations in Eastern Newfoundland will commemorate this historic milestone with a full schedule of events and programs. Highlights include:

· July 1 – Special Canada Day Sunrise Ceremony at Signal Hill National Historic Site followed by a “Wake up the Nation Breakfast” delivered in partnership with the City of St. John’s

·  July 1 – Canada Day celebrations at Ryan Premises National Historic Site, including unveiling of a new exhibit in partnership with the Wooden Boat Museum

· July 8 – “The Great Canadian Picnic” at Signal Hill National Historic Site including an evening fireworks display

· July 15 – “The Great Canadian Campfire” at Terra Nova National Park featuring live musical performances

· “Learn to Camp” programs – July 22nd-23rd Castle Hill National Historic Site / August 19th-20th Signal Hill National Historic Site / August 26th-27th Terra Nova National Park

To ensure the best possible experience, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and check out event and program information through the Parks Canada website –

The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass is available from the Parks Canada Website as well as at Parks Canada entry gates and visitor centres. Partners such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and CIBC will also be distributing passes for Parks Canada.

Please note that only admission is free for 2017. There are fees for enhanced interpretative programs and recreational services and products such as camping and firewood, fishing permits, and overnight backcountry use.


“National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. As Canada turns 150 this year, the Government of Canada’s gift to you is free admission to all Parks Canada places. The Parks Canada team looks forward to welcoming you in 2017.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • Parks Canada’s National Historic Sites in Eastern Newfoundland will be opening the following dates: Cape Spear Lighthouse (May 20th) and Signal Hill (May 20th) in St. John’s, Hawthorne Cottage (June 1st) in Brigus, Castle Hill (June 1st) in Placentia, and Ryan Premises (June 1st) in Bonavista.
  • Terra Nova National Park protects the area where the North Atlantic Ocean touches the Island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs, and ponds of the inland. Various species of wildlife inhabit the park including black bear, moose, and Newfoundland Marten. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of Indigenous cultures, abandoned settlements, and sawmills.
  • 2017 also marks the 100th Anniversary of National Historic Sites in Canada.
  • Visitor information, including dates and hours of operation, can be found on

Associated Links


Ray Kenny
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada, Newfoundland East Field Unit

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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