Canada’s national parks are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. From snowy mountain peaks to clear lakes and green valleys, Canadian parks have it all.
It is not fair to advise one another, the best thing would be to cross the country and visit them all. Some of Canada’s oldest national parks cover a lot of land to the west along the Alberta-British Columbia border within the Rocky Mountains.Here you will always find a pastime to your liking – walking tours to the world of wildlife, fishing, cycling, kayaking, water sports and much more.
Banff National Park
It is the first national park established in Canada in 1885 and covers an area of 6,641 sq km. Its vast territory encompasses 25 mountains that exceed 3,000 meters in height, beautiful lakes of glacial origin, lush rivers and a wide variety of animal species. Among the numerous mammals that populate the park it is possible to admire grizzly, moose, deer and wapity. In the area of the park there is also the homonymous village of Banff, with the splendid lake of Lake Louise.
Yoho National Park (British Columbia)
The park is located in a mountainous area with a large elevation difference, from glaciers on mountain tops to numerous lakes, waterfalls, as well as canyons and limestone caves.
Jasper National Park
Wild, vast, and peaceful, Jasper National Park is the largest in the Rockies, stretching south to Jasper Natl Park. Its territory is characterized by the presence of numerous waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, forests and valleys. To discover the natural wonders of the park there are numerous paths that allow you to discover the most hidden corners of the place. Among the most beautiful routes are a hike along Maligne Canyon and a visit to Maligne Lake. No less attractive is the local fauna, which includes wolves, moose, wapity, grizzly bears and pumas.
Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is located on the coast of Newfoundland, and is named after its largest peak, Mount Gros Morne. The main reason to visit Gros Morne National Park is the breathtaking scenery. During most of the summer, you can take boat trips on the waters of rivers and lakes.
Waterton Lakes National Park
It is characterized by alpine landscapes, forests and vast green expanses. Established in 1895, and subsequently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it occupies about 525 sq km and is relatively small compared to other parks in North America. Located in the southwestern regions of the state of Alberta and joined to Alaska’s Glacier National Park, it forms the Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park. Inside the park you can visit the lakes of Maskinonge and Lower, Middle and Upper Waterton, and admire splendid landscapes created by the encounter between mountains, prairies, lakes and valleys.
Glacier National Park
At the end of the 19th century, the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed; this railroad brought a huge wave of tourism to this area of British Columbia, and it was thus that Glacier National Park began to be popular from the late 1800s. Today, it is one of Canada’s best-loved parks, especially thanks to its more than 400 glaciers, caves and forests , which offer truly crazy naturalistic scenarios. In Glacier National Park you can meet various native mammals and birds, go for walks or mountain bike rides, explore rivers and rainforests, sleep in the luxurious alpine resort ; if you are a mountaineer or a mountain hiker, this is the park for you!
Auyuittuq National Park (Nunavut)
Auyuittuq National Park is a spectacular place with stunning scenery, arctic nature and incredibly long summer days. Most visitors to Auyuittuq National Park come here between June and July, when the sun barely sets and midnight skies are as bright as midday.
Algonquin Provincial Park
It is the largest park in Ontario, it has an extension of 7800 sq km. An enchanted place, where extensive forests alternate with large lakes and rivers with clear waters, and where many animals live including moose, deer, wolves, otters, beavers and minks, often sighted by canoe or walking one of the many paths of the park.
Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba)
This park is a real wild oasis for lovers of camping, hiking and untouched nature. The park is also the territory of the Wasagaming indigenous people, so you will have the opportunity to taste their traditional cuisine and get to know their customs.
Saguenay National Park
At the mouth of the Saguenay River meets the Saguenay National Park, a spectacular park that extends on both banks of the river of the same name at the point where it forms the Saguenay Fjord, flanked by rocks up to 500 meters high. At the point of entry of its waters into the San Lorenzo river there is a high concentration of krill, the food base of the whales that are found here in large numbers from April / May to September / October and which can be admired on boat trips and in “Zodiac” from Tadoussac and Ste-Catherine. Thanks to its numerous scenic trails (more than 100 km) it is considered a paradise for those who love trekking.
Nahanni National Park (Northwest Territories)
The park is famous for the Virginia Falls, located on the South Nahanni River. The height of the waterfall is 90 meters, that is, it is 2 times higher in height than the famous Niagara Falls. In addition to the South Nahanni River, there are other water resources within the boundaries of the park, among which there are sulfur thermal springs.
Forillon National Park
It is located in the extreme northeastern tip of the Gaspésie peninsula, consists of a rugged coastline and protects wilderness second to none. Its woods are populated by brown bears, foxes, deer, moose while the rugged sheer cliffs are a strong attraction for numerous seabirds. Off the coast it is easy to spot seals and whales.
Wapusk National Park
It is located 45km south of Churchill in northeastern Manitoba on the shores of Hudson Bay. In the fall, before Hudson Bay freezes, polar bears make this area their world by coming to give birth to their cubs right here. Its name derives from the native language and means polar bear (wâpask); this is definitely the best place in the world to spot and photograph them. In Churchill there are so many specimens that they are even equal to the number of inhabitants. The only way to do this incredible experience is to book an excursion aboard a helicopter, or a typical Tundra Buggy, which will allow you to admire the white bear up close and in complete safety. A true dream for any photography enthusiast.
Mauricie National Park
Established in 1970, Mauricie National Park is one of the most popular parks in eastern Canada, thanks also to its organization. The park is home to evergreen forests in the north, deciduous forests in its southern region, and numerous ponds. Moose, bears and loons are some of the many animals that can be admired by discovering the park by canoe or along some of its many trails.
Prince Edward Island National Park
The small and spectacular park of Prince Edward Island will amaze you with its red sandstone cliffs, capable of forming a unique panorama in the world. A sensational view that will leave you speechless! Between a trip to the museum inside the park and a trip to Covehead Lighthouse, you can take a dip in the oldest history of the place.