Elk Island National Park is inviting young people to take advantage of free park admission this summer.
Parks Canada is now offering free entry to all its national parks and historic sites to anyone 17 or under.
"Last year was Canada's 150th anniversary and Parks Canada did have a free entry for everybody and the commitment moving forward from that free year is to provide youth that opportunity to have access to these wonderful outdoor spaces in Canada," said Janelle Lane, communications officer for Elk Island.
A long list of outdoor activities awaits visitors to the busy local park. There are bison, birds, beavers and other wildlife to watch, trails to hike and stars to gaze at. Astotin Lake, home to the Living Waters boardwalk, is a popular place for boating and canoeing.
Camping at Elk Island is even busier this year than last. With weekend camping booked solid this summer, Lane recommends potential campers make a weekday reservation.
“It's really good to see that momentum from last year with the free entry is really keeping up. And we've actually seen about a 10 percent to 15 percent increase (in camping) from last year," Lane said. "So it's really great to see that people are still coming out and still enjoying the national park that they have so close to home."