The Government of Canada is delivering more options for Canadians to experience our natural treasures across the country, while reducing emissions.
The COVID-19 pandemic reminded Canadians of the importance of connecting with our natural environment. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that 28 of the most popular Parks Canada places now have Tesla donated electric vehicle charging stations available for visitors to use.
Charging stations in parks
In May 2019, the Government of Canada committed to having charging station infrastructure at or near 25 of the most popular Parks Canada places across the country by 2021 and would double the number of destinations offering this service to the 50 most popular places by 2025. Parks Canada has already met its 2021 goal and is well on its way to meeting the 2025 targets, with the help of a Tesla donation of over 350 charging stations in 2019.
Tesla’s gift allows Parks Canada to better serve visitors who have chosen electric vehicles and is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing work in greening operations and fighting climate change.
For each location where this new electric vehicle charging service is available, half of the charging stations are Tesla and half are J-1772 and are included free of charge with entry fees (where applicable). Several Parks Canada places will have more than one area where visitors can charge their electric vehicles.
The Government of Canada is committed to providing Canadians with practical solutions to reduce emissions when they visit national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson
“With the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at more and more Parks Canada places across the country, the Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to choose our amazing national parks, national marine conservation areas, national historic sites, or national urban park for their next travel destination, all while reducing emissions, discovering nature, and connecting with history.”
When planning your trip to a Parks Canada place, visit PlugShare.com to find out if there is an electric vehicle charging station locations at the national park or national historic site you are visiting.
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada is following the advice and guidance of public health experts in resuming visitor access and services. Only Parks Canada places where health and safety risks can be managed effectively are open or will re-open.
The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead.
For more information, you can visit the links below.
- Energy efficiency for transportation and alternative fuels
- Parks Canada website
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Parks Canada Places