Pristine mountains, majestic wildlife, sparkling lakes and frozen landscapes – you can practically inhale the crisp, clean air that Canada‘s vast wilderness areas is famous for.
And your chance to finally take advantage of this country:
All National Parks In Canada Will Be Free In 2017!
This is a special gift for the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The offer is valid for all Canadian and international visitors and it grants you access to all national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.
There’s more than 40 national parks areas to explore, so we’ve picked our top 5.
1. BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA
Canada’s first national park (established in 1883) is famous for the stunning Lake Louise. This glacial lake glows with a mesmerising aquamarine gleam you can get lost in. Lake Moraine is another Instagram-worthy lake in Banff National Park that’s also known as the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
2. JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA
Jasper is the largest and most northern national park in the Canadian Rockies and is renowned for its wildlife. Ninety-seven per cent of the 11,000 square kilometres of national park is protected, so you can spy bears, caribou, elk, mountain sheep and other native critters. Star-gazers, it’s also the largest Dark Sky Preserve on Earth.
3. PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This ecological haven spans 50 kilometres of Vancouver Island. Located on the Pacific Coast, discover the temporate rainforest of towering conifers or explore the shoreline. Here, you can also follow the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail for an insight into this First Nations culture.
4. AUYUITTUQ NATIONAL PARK, NUNAVUT
Canada’s only national park north of the Arctic Circle is a winter wonderland of craggy peaks and shimmering glaciers that give way to deep fjords that harbour curious creatures such as the narwhal. In summer, arctic blooms dot the tundra and icy streams are illuminated in the Midnight Sun.
5. NAHANNI NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Northwest Territories’ Virginia Falls (Nailicho) is twice the height of Niagara Falls. Another drawcard is the whitewater rapids of the South Nahanni River that is lined by four great canyons. Also hidden within Nahanni National Park are sulphuric hot springs, spruce forests and alpine tundra.