CANADA | Must-Visit National Parks in Canada


If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and loves exploring the unknown, Canada is one of the best places for thrill-seekers. The country has a lot of pristine destinations that will surely provide adventure for every kind of traveler. If you’re into natural wonders, the country has a lot to offer from its lakes, waterfalls, to capes, bays, and national parks. To provide a slice of Canada’s nature destinations, here is a list of national parks to consider when traveling to the second largest country in the world.

Moraine Lake Sunrise“Moraine Lake Sunrise” by James Wheeler is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you’re planning to hop from one national park to another, a website is dedicated on providing details on Canada’s national parks. National parks in Canada have existed for centuries that’s why the government protects and maintains these natural treasures for the delight of future generations.

Must-Visit National Parks in Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta

Canada’s most famous national park located in Alberta and part of the bucket list of most travelers. Moraine Lake is one of the sought-after part of the park but please be sure to arrive early to avoid the horde of tourists. You can also enjoy its beauty with the ample number of activities in any season. The almost 1600-kilometer trail is perfect for horseback riding and hiking trips during summer or snowboarding and skiing during winter.

Nature - Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canada“Nature – Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canada” by Trodel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you’re lucky, you can have a close encounter with wild animals like bears, foxes, and even wolves. If you get a chance, please do ensure to keep a distance from them. Some travelers visit the national park and stayed for good. If you’ll do the same, then be sure to check out Banff homes for sale.

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

From northern Alberta, reach the other side of this Canadian province for Waterton Lakes National Park. Large lakes, like the Upper and the Middle Waterton lakes, bordered by the Rocky Mountains are the main attraction of the national park. During July and August, when it’s best season to visit, you can enjoy, apart from the lakes, scenic trails like the Crypt Lake trail. There are also ton of animals that inhabit the park like coyotes, river otters, and snowshoe hares, among others.

Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada“Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada” by AlbertaScrambler is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

After Alberta, the nearby British Columbia also has something to offer, Pacific Rim National Park. The national park reserve has 3 main sections: Long Beach Unit, Broken Group Islands, and West Coast Trail. West Coast Trail spans a total of 75 kilometers and targets for serious hikers as it follows a survival route. Consists of more than a hundred islands in the middle of Barkley Sound, Broken Group Islands is a perfect destination for kayakers to enjoy the splendid destination while gliding the waters. Lastly, Long Beach Unit is on the west coast and is located between the villages of Ucluelet and Tofino.

Rain Forest Walk - Pacific Rim National Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - 03
“Rain Forest Walk – Pacific Rim National Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada – 03”
by Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

East coast of Canada is not left behind when it comes to national parks. One of them is the Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia. Many consider the destination as enchanting because it is literally where the mountains meet the sea. The park boasts its lush and forested river canyons and rust-colored cliffs. When you’re in Cape Breton, you’re also accessible to fresh local lobsters sourced from the oceans within the area.

Acadian fishing village of Chéticamp at the base of the Cape Breton Highlands“Acadian fishing village of Chéticamp at the base of the Cape Breton Highlands” by Rob Romard is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Last on the list is another wonder in eastern part of Canada, is Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient landscape. The national park is perfect for different outdoor activities from hiking its stunning landscape, traveling along its fjords carved by glaciers, and visiting its towering waterfalls. Apart from the nature attractions, you can also experience a taste of the rich cultural heritage through the parks of several towns like Woody Point.

Hiking in Gros Morne National Park“Hiking in Gros Morne National Park” by natalielucier is licensed under CC BY 2.0

With Canada as the second largest country in terms of land area, this list of national parks is a biased sample of its diverse natural attractions and tourist destinations. But if you plant to travel around the country for a longer period of time, these national parks are hard to miss. So when you’re heading to Canada any time soon, don’t forget to add them on your list.


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