It has never been easier to “opt outside” in Canada. To celebrate 150 years of the confederation, the Canadian Government, in conjunction with Parks Canada, have decided to waive national park and historic site access fees for the year. This has been a highly controversial decision that has sparked debate; both camps have made convincing arguments defending and opposing the motion. Graciously, I had the opportunity to work for Parks Canada this summer (2017), which has been an unforgettable experience. Particularly working in Banff National Park – the busiest of all national parks – has been a challenging but rewarding experience. I’ll dive into the arguments that have been made from both sides after spending a summer in the thick of the Park.