04/29/2014 11:49 EDT | Updated 06/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Entry fee exemption given to owners of land expropriated for Nova Scotia park

CALEDONIA, N.S. - Parks Canada says it is providing an entry fee exemption to 130 property owners whose land was expropriated in the creation of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site in Nova Scotia.

The exemption also applies to their children and grandchildren.

Parks Canada says the pass will authorize access to areas in the park of personal importance to the families, such as the former site of a family property.

The former property owners or their descendents have to apply to acquire a pass.

The Canada National Parks Act now prohibits the use of expropriation to establish or expand national parks.

Instead, Parks Canada buys parcels of land as they become available on the market.