From roaring mountains to turquoise waters, here are 10 of Canada’s most phenomenal National Parks.
Although Canada has an abundance of gorgeous cities and towns, the country is also filled with breathtaking National Parks. They can undoubtedly fill a void in any person in dire need of the great outdoors. Whether you're looking for an adventure with friends, an exercise-filled day of hiking, or simply want to explore the lakes, these National Parks are all worth checking out. Here are 10 of the country's most phenomenal National Parks.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains near Calgary. It's a massive park that features over 6,641 square kilometers of tough terrain, glaciers, alpine landscapes, ice fields and forests. The pure beauty of the park should be enough for you to want to see it. Activities include a vast amount of hiking trails, bike trails, mountain trails, and much more. For places to stay, the park features 13 campgrounds or you can venture out to one of the nearby towns for a hotel or motel.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park is a stunning park located on the Niagara Escarpment. This incredibly dense forested ridge runs through southern Ontario. The park itself features limestone caves, cliffs, beaches, coves, and much more. For those interested in exploring the beach and dense forest lifestyle, this is the park for you. Expect a variety of activities such as animal watching, mountain climbing, backcountry camping, beaching, canoeing, and much more. For places to stay, consider staying at one of the backcountry campsites along the shoreline of Georgian bay or the Cyprus Lake Campground.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one of the most abundant Canadian National Parks. It's located in the northern end of Nova Scotia and features mountainous terrain, ocean vistas, trails, and much more. Although many of the trails are for experts only, kids can certainly enjoy the park just as much as thrill-seeking hikers. Activities include hiking, camping, fishing, and much more. You can stay at any of the various campgrounds at the park or stay in the nearby city of Halifax. However, keep in mind, Halifax is roughly a 2.5-hour drive from the park.
Fundy National Park
Located in New Brunswick, Fundy National Park is a beautiful park that features waterfalls, hiking, biking trails, campsites, golfing, and much more. Compared to the other parks, there are many more excellent camping sites throughout the park, which makes it a better spot for people looking for a comfortable camping experience. Other than the campsites available, considering staying at the quaint neighboring village of Alma.
Glacier National Park
Half in the United States and half in Canada, Glacier National Park features alpine scenery, deep valleys, forests, beautiful lakes, and unworldly mountainous terrain. The park itself is worthy of exploration all year round and is considered by many to be a paradise. For hikers looking for a challenge, you won't find a more strenuous hiking endeavor than the trails at Glacier National Park. Besides hiking, activities include animal watching, expert tours, camping, fishing, mountain climbing, museums, and much more. There aren't any hotels in the park, but there are a ton of camping, huts, and cabin options.
Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is located between Newfoundland and Labrador in the easternmost area in Canada. It's a stunning park that features mountains, fjords, beaches, bogs, forests, cliffs, and much more. What makes Gros Morne National Park such a unique experience is the vast landscape diversity you can explore at one park. Activities include the lobster cove head exhibit, cruises, hiking, beaches, and much more. Like all of the parks, there are a ton of campgrounds to choose from, as well as primitive campsites.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and features an intense amount of hiking and mountain climbing experiences. Consider checking out the springs, bike trails, sights, and much more at the gorgeously massive park. If you're interested in staying at the park, it offers a ton of campsites throughout its vast wilderness. Edmonton is the closest city and is roughly 4 hours away if you're interested in staying in a neighboring city.
Prince Edward Island National Park
Located along Prince Edward Island's north shore, the park is relatively small compared to the others on this list. However, don't let this sway you from exploring the beachfront and scenic viewpoints of the park. Activities include beaches, seascapes, sea life exploration, and much more. If you're interested in exploring sea life, this is the park for you. For places to stay, consider staying at the neighboring areas of Brackley Beach or Blooming Point.
Thousand Islands National Park
The park is located on the 1000 islands parkway in the Saint Lawrence River, formerly known as the St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The islands themselves are worn-down tops of ancient mountains, how crazy is that? The park features river exploration, camping, animal watching, boat tours, and much more. The riverside oTENTik camping is a must-spot for those interested in staying at the park.
Yoho National Park
Located on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Yoho National Park is a stunning park with a plethora of gorgeous viewpoints. The park has a variety of activities, such as hiking, sightseeing, mountain climbing, and much more. If you're interested in staying at the park, it offers a variety of hotels, chalets, and local guest houses. For a more traditional camping experience, the park offers a ton of front-country campgrounds worth checking out.