There's a bonus this year if you purchase an annual parking pass for Kananaskis Country.

Instead of the usual pass, that covers two vehicles and a trailer, you can now add another vehicle to your annual pass.

So now you can register three vehicles, but they still must be from the same household.

The cost is also staying the same at $15 per day or $90 annually for individual users.

You will need a pass to park in K-Country or the Bow Valley region or face a $150 fine.

Enforcement vehicles scan licence plates, and if you don't have a parking pass you may receive a warning or be sent a fine in the mail.

The fees are used for conservation, public safety and services, and facilities.

There are also days when you can park for free in K-Country and the Bow Valley corridor.

Every first Wednesday of the month it's free for Wilderness Wednesdays and there's also a free day coming up for Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

Additional free days for the rest of the 2024 calendar year include:

  • Indigenous People’s Day: June 21
  • Parks Day: 3rd Saturday of July   
  • Kananaskis Country’s Birthday: September 22
  • Remembrance Day: November 11
  • First day of winter: December 21
  • Christmas Day: December 25

There are three ways to purchase your conservation parking pass:

  1. Online - Passes can be purchased online using Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Visa Debit and Mastercard Debit.
  2. In-person - Passes can be purchased at Wi-Fi hotspots or in person during business hours (cash, credit or debit) at the following locations:
  3. By phone - Passes can be purchased over the phone by calling the Alberta Parks Contact Centre at 1-877-537-2757.