Let’s face it, we all love free things, don’t we?
There’s no denying this fact after witnessing the recent Parks Canada giveaway. It was so popular with Canadians, the Parks Canada website crashed due to the influx of visitors scrambling to scoop up one of their free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass (which is still available by the way).
I’ll never forget the first time I found out that one could actually obtain free things on the internet – or information about how to get free things when you shop at a retail store, or visit attractions.
I had a subscription to Homemaker’s Magazine (remember that magazine, my fellow Canadians?), and one issue featured an article about online forums where you could find free things. I decided to join one of those forums, became addicted to ordering freebies, and went on to become involved in the online contesting world, entering (and winning) many online contests. This path eventually lead to the creation of Canadian Blog House.
Freebies have come and gone over the years, and many freebies are time-limited offers, however, there are some freebies that always seem to be available.
Because we all love to get something for free, I decided to compile a list of these free things for Canadians. You will note that I have highlighted some specific attractions such as museums in Ottawa. Please use this list as a guide to help you think of businesses or attractions near you, that may offer similar freebies.
Please be sure to check back from time-to-time. I will be updating this list on a regular basis.
WHERE TO FIND FREE THINGS FOR CANADIANS
Anniversary or Birthday Greetings – Celebrate that special occasion by receiving a greeting from the Prime Minister, the Queen, or the Governor General. Certain provincial politicians may also provide greetings. Check websites in your local area.
Bank of Canada Museum – Free admission to a Canadian museum that showcases a fascinating look at our money.
Best Buy Baby Samplers Club – If selected, you will get products to test in exchange for a review. Must be parents-to-be or parents of a baby under the age of 2.
Brewery Tours – Did you know that many breweries offer free brewery tours? For example, Beau’s Brewery offers a free 20 minute tour, in English or French, and the best part…free samples! Check online to see if you can find a free brewery tour near you.
Canada Post – Every Christmas, Canada Post delivers letters from Canadian kids to Santa at the North Pole. Then they make sure your child gets a free letter back from Santa.
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum – Free admission daily between 4-5PM, Veterans (plus complimentary parking for Veterans).
Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum – Free admission daily between 4-5PM.
Canadian Museum of History – Free admission Thursday evenings, holidays, attendants with disabled persons, Aboriginal persons.
Canadian Museum of Nature – Free admission Thursday evenings, Canada Day, attendants with disabled persons.
Canadian War Museum – Free admission Thursday evenings, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, attendants with disabled persons. Also free to past and present Canadian military personnel, and to selected Commonwealth military personnel (including up to 2 accompanying family members).
Chapman’s Ice Cream – The great folks at Chapman’s offer Canadians a $4.00 off coupon good for any of their products, once per year. If you watch for a sale on Chapman’s ice cream at your local grocery store, combine the sale with this coupon, you could end up with a free carton of your favourite flavour. Plus, every year Chapman’s issues a free calendar for Canadians. You can order it from their website. To get the coupon, simply fill out their contact form and request one. Don’t forget to tell them how much you love their ice cream because…who doesn’t love a compliment?!
Chevrolet Power of Play Coach’s Kit – Available at the start of hockey season, Peewee coaches can sign up their team and receive this amazing free kit that includes a premium coaches hockey bag and more.
Cineplex Access 2 Program – This program “allows persons with a disability to receive either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at member movie theatres and attractions across Canada.”
Cultural Access Pass – For new Canadians, this pass allows free admission to more than 1,200 Canadian cultural attractions and discounts on travel.
Dinner on your Birthday – Here’s a great list from the FoodNetwork detailing how to get a free dinner or dessert on your birthday. Be sure to also check with your favourite local restaurants. There are many others across Canada that offer a free birthday meal.
Energy Saving Kit – Check with your local energy provider to see if they offer a free energy-saving kit like this one offered from BC Hydro.
Fire Station Tours – Did you know you can take the kids and tour your local fire station? Many fire stations, like the fire stations in Toronto, offer free tours. Of course, there are rules you must follow, and you must be prepared to leave, even if in mid-tour an emergency call comes in.
Free Money – Unclaimed Balances – I caught your attention with this one, didn’t I? Have you ever forgotten about a balance you had in an old bank account? Ha! I know I’ve never done that. However, many people have. I once found money for a neighbour of mine that he didn’t know he had.
Karma Teachers – Free-or-by-donation yoga and meditation classes in service to the community in Toronto, Vancouver, and New West.
Magazines – Free Trial Issues – Wanting to try a magazine but unsure if you actually want to subscribe to it? You can often order a free trial issue of a magazine without providing any credit card info, like this one for HGTV Magazine. Just be sure to write “Please Cancel” on your first bill once you have received your free trial issue, and mail it back to them, if you don’t wish to subscribe. Sometimes you can find a better trial offer, like this one from People Magazine – 4 Free Issues!
National Gallery of Canada – Free admission Thursdays 5-8PM, holidays.
Nestle Baby – New moms can join this club and receive up to $130 in free gifts – which may even include a nice Nestle diaper bag.
Operation Red Nose – Free rides home during the holiday season and on New Years’ Eve in select areas across Canada. Don’t drink and drive – call Operation Red Nose.
Parliament Hill – Free tour of Centre Block at Parliament Hill.
P&G Brand Sampler – This site offers coupons for P&G products and will often feature free samples of their products.
SampleSource – Free product samples.
Save.ca – This site frequently posts free product coupons for some of your favourite grocery items.
Similac Baby Club – New Moms can get up to $120 in free coupons and samples by joining this club.
Tim Hortons Free Skate – Check their website to find a free skate event near you.
Topsy Farm – Bring the family to watch sheep shearing in action (only cost is $9 ferry ride over to Amherst Island).
Websaver – This is another coupon site that often offers coupons for free products.
Wi-Fi – Wondering where to find free Wi-Fi in Canada (or around the world for that matter)? Check out Wi-Fi Space.
YMCA/YWCA – Toronto’s YMCA offers a free 2 week trial of their facilities. Some other YMCA/YWCA’s offer the same. In fact, many gyms and athletic facilities offer free trials, such as GoodLife Fitness.
Yoga – Participate in one of the largest free outdoor yoga classes every Wednesday at noon on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during the summer. Lululemon also offers free yoga at locations across Canada.
Know of any great ideas of where to find freebies (that don’t expire)? Let us know! Comment below and we’ll add them to our list!