When it comes to scale and natural beauty, it’s hard to beat the the National Parks of Canada and the USA. And if you want to save some money while visiting them, 2017 is a great time to do it as in many cases entry is free of charge. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and is offering free entry all year for all Canadian and international visitors. To take advantage of this offer, however, you need to obtain an access pass, called a 2017 Discovery Pass, from the Parks Canada website; the pass will be shipped to you free of charge, but make sure you order it in plenty of time before you depart on your trip. You only need one pass for your group or family if you are all traveling together, and it is accepted at national historic sites which are operated by Parks Canada. The USA National Park Service has just turned 100 years old and to celebrate the great milestone it is also offering free admission to everyone, however, the offer is limited to specific days throughout 2017. These fee-free days are a great opportunity to visit one of 120 national parks which normally charge entrance fees. Included in this offer are entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees, however, other charge such as tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not unless stated otherwise. To help you plan from here on, the fee free dates for the rest of 2017 include the weekends of National Park Week on April 15-16 and 22-23, National Park Service Birthday on August 25, National Public Lands Day on September 30, and the Veterans Day weekend on November 11 an 12. Remember that the free entry offer will likely draw crowds so plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to explore.