Recently, Parks Canada announced that to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday they will be giving visitors to their parks free Discovery passes which they can order until the end of 2017. I felt this was as good a opportunity as ever to discuss some of the most beautiful landmarks that Canadian soil has to offer in case there were people out there trying to get the most out of their Parks Canada Discovery pass.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
One third of the world-famous scenic highway runs through the Cape Breton Highlands park, which hikers visit to admire the river canyons and cliffs that carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Canadian lynx, moose, hare, grouse, and marten call this national park home. Most hikers visit from May to November, while some plan their visit in the fall for the views of fall foliage as pictured above.
Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories
Nahanni is a paddler’s paradise but shouldn’t be taken as a beginner’s rapids ride; its Virginia falls are twice the size of those in Niagara. Parks Canada has recommended going with a registered outfitter on canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips. Flight-seeing day trips are also available via air charter for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the park.
Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut
I know what you are thinking when I mention this far north destination; “I’m having nunavut!” However, experienced adventurers will find lots to explore and behold at Canada’s only national park north of the Arctic circle. Located on southern Baffin island, the park is mostly untouched by humans, and wildflowers, belugas, seals, narwhals, polar bears, and arctic hares thrive here.
Banff National Park, Alberta
Canada’s first national park, Banff is world famous for its views of forests, lakes, and the snow-capped mountains surrounding it. Its views attract campers, canoeists, bikers and hikers from all over the world.