The Canadian wilderness is a nature lover’s paradise. Outdoor enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Canada is home to an extensive national park system that rivals no other in terms of size, beauty, and diversity. These national parks have been established to protect and preserve the representative natural landscapes that occur in Canada. Featuring a variety of landscapes from verdant forests to stunning coasts, the Canadian parks system is sure to satisfy your thirst for adventure. If you’re looking to get some fresh air and take in some spectacular scenery, then here are some of the top Canadian national parks to visit.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing this, most of the world is at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the Canadian national parks are closed to visitors. I am aware of this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan to visit when they reopen!
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Located near St. John on the Atlantic coast, this park covers roughly eight miles of shoreline in addition to extending inland. As one of the country’s most popular maritime national parks, Fundy is home to some of the world’s highest tides. Other impressive features of the park include sandstone cliffs and stretches of beach that are a pleasure to stroll through during low tide. Beyond the shore are miles of hiking trails leading you through the lush Acadian forest. You won’t want to miss the Bay of Fundy, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Be sure to catch some of the interactive programmes available during the summer to learn more about this spectacle.
Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
Approximately 100 kilometres north of Brandon in Central Canada, you’ll find this oasis of diverse habitats, flora, and fauna. For such a small area, there is a surprisingly high concentration and a diverse range of wildlife that live here, but that’s not all. The scenery encompasses everything from mountains to prairies. Those looking for outdoor activities will find fantastic opportunities for biking, hiking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing, thanks to an extensive trail system. If you love wildlife, then you’ll love Riding Mountain. See if you can spot black bears, moose, bison, wolves, elk, and a variety of birds on your visit!
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Right along the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll find Yoho National Park. Over time, the forces of ice and water have yielded some dramatic effects on the landscape: you will find sculpted rock formations, soaring waterfalls, deep lakes, and towering peaks. If you want to learn more about Yoho’s natural history, be sure to go on a guided tour of Mt. Stephen and Mt. Field. Takkakaw Falls is one of the nation’s highest waterfalls and is easily accessible from Highway 1.