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east mids
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national park pass

We will be travelling from Calgary to Banff in June. We will probably stop in Canmore for something to eat on the way. Will we require a pass if we drive from Canmore to our hotel and then stay around the town for the rest of the day. Also is Kelowna classed as being in a National Park as we will be stopping overnight on our way to Vancouver.

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Greetings

Canmore is not within the national park, but Banff is entirely within the Banff National Park, so you will need to buy a pass when you enter the park on the highway between Canmore and Banff. You will also need valid passes for the time you are in Banff/Yoho NPs on your west unless you are literally driving on the TransCanada without stopping (not even pulling off to take a photo or use the washroom). Same for Glacier National Park, but I'm not sure about Revelstoke National Park.

A one day pass is good until 4pm the next day, so if you are spending one night in Banff, the single day pass is likely to be sufficient.

As far as I know, Kelowna is not in any park at all.

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You might want to have a look at the Parks Canada website to be clear on where the national parks are. Only national parks have user fees, there are currently no daily user fees for provincial parks. We have different levels of parks and they are all managed differently, so its good to be clear on what you are looking at.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/pn-np/index.aspx

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Thanks, we are actually spending 3 nights in Banff, 2 in Jasper, 1 in Golden and 1 in Kelowna. Just trying to work out which is best, daily passes or annual one

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If you are in one car, daily passes will probably work out better since you'd need them for the time in and around Banff & Jasper.

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The annual pass is better if you are spending 7 or more days in the parks. Looks like you are spending five days, so daily passes are better.

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Hi!

Laura from Tourism Kelowna.

Kelowna is not in a national park. The closest one is Mount Revelstoke National Park, 2 1/2 to 3 hours drive north of Kelowna.

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thanks again, looks like daily passes will be ok

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