Canada is known for its abundance of natural, ethereal beauty, and beautifully showcases it with its multitude of National Parks.
The National Parks were established in order to protect and preserve history, nature, wildlife habitats, and eco-diversity. In addition, they represent all 39 regions of Canada’s natural regions. They range in size from 14 square kilometres, to up to 45,000 square kilometres!
Telling incredible, timeless stories of Canada’s origins, the National Parks not only persevere nature’s history, they preserve human history as well.
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Luckily for us, to continue celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada has decided to give youth residents a FREE pass to all National Parks in 2018. All you have to do is order your Discovery Pass, and you have access to over 80 different parks.
Here’s a hack: bring your family with you using a single trip pass, and it adds up to be less than $50 a person!
Here are some of the gems that are definitely worth a visit this year:
Banff National Park
Took this a few days ago in one of many forgotten canyons along the Icefields Parkway. There are undocumented scenes like this one everywhere along the 93 North. Follow nearly any creek upstream and you're bound to find some magic. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and thanks so much for following along! :) #ExploreAlberta #MyBanff #WildlyCreative
Canada’s oldest National Park, it was established in 1855. Filled with glacial peaks, pristine turquoise waters, and postcard worthy little village, Banff National Park is what people picture when they think of Canada.
It encompasses over 6,000 kilometres of wilderness – you can spy big horned sheep, bears, and even mountain goats. It’s also the home to Lake Louise, a lake with the most incredible backdrop to the mountainous Rockies. For your next perfect Instagram shot, this is the place to be.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Located in Southern Ontario, Bruce Peninsula is a quick four hour drive from Toronto. Filled with limestone coasts, clear-water lakes, cliffside cedars, and incredible, picturesque orchids, it’s no wonder that the park is a part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
It’s a vast 156 square kilometres in size, and is home to over 200 species of rare birds, mammals, and reptiles. It’s definitely a great destination for every kind of activity, whether that’s camping, hiking, cliff diving, or even just a float on the crystal waters.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, "where the mountains meet the sea." We think it's a lovely place for a hike, don't you? 📷 of the Skyline Trail by @adamhillstudios. #ParksCanada #ExploreCanada Le parc national des Hautes-Terres-du-Cap-Breton, « là où les montagnes et la mer se rencontrent. » L’endroit idéal pour une randonnée, qu’en dites-vous? 📷 du sentier Skyline par @adamhillstudios. #ParcsCanada #VisitNovaScotia
‘Where the mountains meet the sea’ is this Park’s motto, and Cape Breton Highlands lives up to the hype. On the coast of Nova Scotia, it showcases over 100 kilometres of rugged, rust coloured cliffs, coves, and stretches of beaches.
There are 26 hiking trails, each offering a new adventure. The Skyline trail is among the most popular, leading to a viewpoint over the Atlantic that offers show-stopping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Another trail, Lone Shieling, offers tourists an opportunity to walk through 350 year old sugar maple trees!
As if that wasn’t enticing enough, Cape Breton also has an abundance of wildlife. Take turns spotting bears, moose, seals, and humpback whales.
Fundy National Park
A lush National Park filled with mossy walkways, lush waterfalls, and vast forests, Fundy National Park is the place to be in the Maritimes.
Located in New Brunswick, it’s most popular for its tides – one of the world’s highest. According to Parks Canada, at the Bay of Fundy, “the tide can rise 16 metres at the head of the bay, which is the height of a four-story building.”
Jasper National Park
The largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is over 11,000 square kilometres wide. The ultimate way to connect with nature and experience the Rockies, Jasper National Park has it all.
You can use the trail network to weave in-between the forests and lakes. If you’re feeling like a water adventure, paddle onto the lake and immerse yourself into the glacial water. It’s Canada in a postcard and so much more, and now you can have the chance to experience it for yourself.
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