The planet’s national park was Yellowstone in America. However, Canada was actually the first nation to form a government agency to create national parks across the country and preserve them. The agency, known as Parks Canada, has a total of 4 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and 10 world Heritage Sites under its wing.
These are some of that country’s best national parks where you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, swimming, and boating etc.
1. Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut
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This park is located in a beautiful part of Baffin Island the country’s Inuit territory. It’s a remote location that offers all forms of adventures. The scenic area is filled with steep fjords, majestic mountains, and hiking trails for the experienced wilderness traveler. One of the most popular hiking trails is about 60 miles long and takes you through the Akshayuk Pass. In addition, the face of Mount Thor features uninterrupted drop on the globe.
2. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
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This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sits in Canada’s prairies and features crystal-clear lakes and wonderful parkland forest. The lakes are ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. The wildlife is pretty interesting and don’t be surprised if you bump into a moose wild enjoying the wildflowers that grow in the meadows and woods. You may also see bison, wolves, and bears while hiking along with migratory waterfowl between May and October.
3. Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta/Northwest Territories
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This tranquil park is home to one of the world’s biggest herds of indigenous bison. The amazing animals have lived in the area for many centuries now. The park is a UNESCO’s World Heritage site and crosses the border between Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The wood bison are quite big and powerful and the best way to view them is from a pretty safe distance. You’ll also see bears, lynx, and migratory birds in the park.
4. Georgian Bay Islands National Park
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The Georgian Bay Islands National Park is made up of about 60 different islets and islands and is located on Lake Huron. You can only reach the park by water, making it an excellent adventure for those who love kayaking and canoeing. The smooth rocky landscape is quite impressive and it’s filled in with white pine trees. There is plenty of wildlife and lots of places to pitch your tent for the night.
5. Jasper National Park, Alberta
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This famous and historical park features the Athabasca Glacier which is a part of the Columbia Icefield. The glacier is actually the most visited in North America, but it has melted a bit over the years and is moving back slightly. It’s about a mile from the roadway which means you can enjoy a short hike to reach it. The scenery is beautiful as the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies can be seen as plain as day from the park.
6. Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia
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This is one of Canada’s newest national parks and it sits off of the coast of British Columbia in the Salish Sea. The park features numerous remote islands, historic homes, mountaintop vistas, lush forests, and peaceful meadows. You can reach the park by water only. One of the park’s most popular areas is known as Sidney Spit, which is a gorgeous stretch of soft white.
7. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
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The Bay of Fundy is well known around the world as having the highest tides on the planet at about 56 feet. The Bay is very scenic and sits on New Brunswick’s and Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast in eastern Canada. The park is filled with beautiful waterfalls, an inland forest, and rocky headlands. There’s quite a bit to do here as well as you’ll find a golf course, heated swimming pool, campgrounds, lawn bowling, and tennis courts.