Now kids can experience Banff—and the rest of Canada's national parks—completely free of charge. James Wheeler / Flickr
Sorry Teddy Roosevelt, but turns out national parks are not just an American novelty. Canadians have their own, and those Canucks just amped up their game this Tuesday. As we’re drastically shrinking our public lands, Canada is making their public lands more accessible than ever by permanently nixing admission fees for children.
Per The Huffington Post, the decision was based off of the large success of the free entrance program implemented last year, which resulted in a spike of popularity at the country’s national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.
"Some parks were so busy they had to turn people away!" Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in a press release.
This move comes in light of a series of significant investments by the Canada government into preserving public lands. Canada's government previously promised to preserve at least 17 percent of land and inland waters by 2020, and has also set aside $1.3 billion in the country's 2018 Federal Budget for wildlife habitat conservation–the largest investment for conversation in nation’s history.
If the actions by our friends north of the border inspire you, here are some ways you can help protect our own public lands.
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