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Park Pass FAQ

Guide to the Parks Canada Pass.

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Jasper National Park entry fees help support the services and facilities available to visitors. This means that every time you visit, you are investing in local sustainability and helping to make the park better for future generations.

How long is a temporary Annual Discovery Pass valid for?

If you purchase an Annual Discovery Pass, the confirmation email you receive at the time of purchase (PDF) will serve at your temporary Park Pass (valid for up to 1 month or until physical pass is received by mail). This will need to be printed and displayed prominently on the vehicle dash.

Do I need a pass?

All visitors to Jasper National Park are required to have a valid National Park Pass, regardless of the mode of travel. Park passes can be purchased online, at the park gates if driving to the park, or in person at the Visitor Center in downtown Jasper.

If you are visiting the park with a Tour Operator, please contact them directly to see if they will be purchasing a park pass on your behalf.

What are the different pass types?

When purchasing a pass online, you can buy passes for groups of up to seven (7) people who are visiting in one vehicle. There are different pass types available:

  • Day Passes - for single day entry. A day is defined as the day of entry, regardless of time of entry, until 4.00 p.m. the following day.
  • Discovery Passes - for annual entry to all Canadian National Parks - valid for one year from the month of purchase.

Often, for visits spanning longer than six or seven days, it is more affordable to purchase an annual Discovery Pass.

Please note: Receipts must be printed on paper and displayed prominently on the left-hand side of the vehicle dashboard to have valid entry to the park.

What is included?

Your Discovery Pass includes admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada.

Your Day Pass includes admission to the mountain national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton, Elk Island, Revelstoke, and Glacier) but does not include entry to national historic sites.

For a full list of all Parks Canada sites, click here.

What's not included?

Your Day Pass or Discovery Pass only applies to areas managed by Parks Canada and, as a result, does not include provincial parks, territorial parks, municipal parks, or other sites not managed by Parks Canada.

Please note that regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as:

  • Camping and other accommodations;
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs;
  • Reservation fees;
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission;
  • Some special event fees;
  • Firewood;
  • Backcountry overnight use.
  • Note: This is not a complete list. Please verify with the location you will be visiting for more details or contact Parks Canada’s National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or [email protected]
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