WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says it’s offering visitors to its parks free admission for an extended period this coming week as a lengthened celebration of Canada Parks Day, which falls on the third Saturday of July.
Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard says the province won’t require vehicle permits for those entering provincial parks starting Monday, July 12, until Sunday, July 18, although overnight camping fees will still apply. Guillemard says the decision to allow free entry for a full week instead of the traditional weekend was to encourage visitors to take advantage of Manitoba’s parks and all they have to offer, while ensuring cost is not a barrier to anyone.
“We have been listening to how much Manitobans love their provincial parks, and when the idea was raised by members of the public to expand the free access, we enthusiastically embraced it,” Guillemard says. “All Manitobans should have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, and we are pleased to offer free park entry for a full week this summer.”
The province says visitors can reserve a camping site through their website, noting that plenty of spots remain available on weekdays.
The Parks Reservation Service can also be accessed by telephone at 1-888-482-2267.
While there’s no better deal than free, the province says Manitoba’s provincial park entry fees are among the lowest in Canada.