Whether your family is outdoorsy year round or waits for warmer weather before venturing outside, there’s lots to do as we move into summer. Sunday brunch with friends, an afternoon in the local park, meeting up at the beach or traveling to explore one of our many national landmarks.
In celebration of our country’s 150th birthday, Canada is offering free admission to its national parks all year via the 2017 Discovery Pass. That means no entry fees at any of our 38 national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.
Banff National Park, Alberta: Canada’s oldest national park was established back in 1885. Ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, visit the historic hot springs and go hiking in Johnston Creek. Dip your toes in Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, both glacial lakes are sure to impress.
Jasper National Park, Alberta: Connected to Banff via the Icefields Parkway. Drive past the Columbia icefield, hike to one of the many park waterfalls or play a game of I-Spy as you view the native wildlife. Elk and sheep and bears, oh my!
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Traverse the desert-like Tablelands and discover the unusual rock formations created by the earth’s tectonic plates colliding. Visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and discover Rocky Harbour. Shorter trails are perfect for little legs that may tire more quickly than older explorers.
Glacier National Park, British Columbia: Aptly named as the park has over 130 glaciers, the Illecillewaet Glacier is often the most visited. A variety of snow algae known as watermelon snow gives many of the glaciers a red tint during the summer months. Stop at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center to see railway models, history displays and wildlife specimens.
Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario: Visit the Grotto, walk along the Bruce trail and enjoy views of the Fathom Five National Marine Park and Georgian Bay from the 20-meter viewing tower built as part of the new visitors’ center back in 2006.
Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Québec: Camp along the Rivière Saguenay, search for whales (including a colony of belugas) in Baie Sainte-Marguerite and ask the kids to guess how tall the Phare du haut-fond Prince lighthouse is.
Discovery passes are available here.
NOTE: The Discovery Pass may not cover activities such as guided tours, parking, and other programs and services. Camping and accommodation fees are also not included.
Depending on where you live, visiting one of our national parks may be a day trip, weekend road trip or be a full scale vacation complete with an airplane flight. Diono designs all of its products with on-the-go families in mind.
FAA certified for airplane seat installation; our full steel frame construction, memory foam cushions, adjustable headrest and expandable sides deliver a safe and comfortable ride, wherever your family is headed.
So, with outdoor adventures and road trips on the brain, we want to know… Where will Diono take you this summer?
Follow along over the next 12 weeks as we share some of our team’s favorite vacation spots and travel tips. Then, share your journey (big or small) with us using the hashtag #DionoOnTheGo and you could win a travel prize pack including an all-in-one convertible car seat.
#DionoOnTheGo Summer Giveaway
On September 1st, two winners will be selected at random and will receive a travel prize pack including (1) radian rXT all-in-one convertible car seat, a Car Seat Travel Bag, an Ultra Mat and a Stow ‘n Go seat back organizer. To be eligible, you must:
1.) complete the registration form and
2.) share your story on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #DionoOnTheGo.
*Sweepstakes open to US and Canada residents only.