America may boast that “national parks” are their concept, but that doesn’t stop Canada from having some of the world’s best! Canada’s expanse of land is equally as big and impressive as destinations like Acadia, Yellowstone, or the North Cascades, which are just a little bit to the north – perfect for your planned Canada holiday trip solo or with friends and family.
There are moose-filled forests, rocky beaches, turquoise waterways, fjords, and white-capped mountains over turquoise lakes. The 48 national parks of the Great White North, which cover 174,000 square miles, are enormous and accessible by car from the US.
The most well-known and oldest national park in Canada is Mother Earth at her damn-girl-you-lookin’-fine hottest. There are gorgeous animals like black and grizzly bears, elk, wolves, and foxes everywhere you turn, including jagged peaks covered in fluffy powder, glacial lakes that are more blue than blue, and jagged peaks that are covered in jagged peaks.
Banff is large enough that, despite its year-round popularity, you won’t always have to share it with other visitors (unless you’re waiting for that perfect shot of Lake Louise). Nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, diving at Lake Minnewanka, skiing at Sunshine Village, or enjoying tea at the opulent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel are a few options.
The Gaspesie peninsula in southeast Quebec, which sits above Maine, resembles a cross between the Maritimes, with its rocky coastline, and Quebec, with its lush forests; Forillon National Park, which protrudes into the water, resembles the baby’s cutest pacifier. Forillon gives you the impression that you are at the planet’s edge with its massive waves slamming against magnificent cliffs and seabirds flying through the fog.
Enjoy a picnic or stroll along the pebble beach as you contemplate the cliffs (they look like wrinkly faces if you look closely). The park offers guided sea kayaking tours, rental paddle boards, and hiking paths that last more than four hours. Keep a watch out for whale blows in the water, where you might see fin whales, humpback whales, or perhaps the largest whale in the world, the blue whale. Visit Fort Péninsule, a naval battery where Allied forces sank German U-boats during World War II, at the park’s southern edge.
Gros Morne, one of Canada’s best and most mountainous national parks, is located in Newfoundland, the province with the friendliest people and maybe the harshest environment. Gros Morne is a hiker’s delight, with many paths and waterfalls, some of which plunge 2,000 feet. It’s also a fantastic location to study the background of our planet.
Take the Icefields Parkway, one of the most picturesque drives in the world, up to Jasper after visiting Banff to see more than 100 old glaciers. With 4,247 square miles, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and one of Canada’s most beautiful and untamed. And you can see a lot of wildlife there.
If you venture off the grid and stay at a hike-in or ski-in backcountry lodge or hostel, you’ll have an even better chance of spotting bears and elk here than in Banff. Take the Jasper SkyTram to the top of Whistlers Peak, then relax in a natural hot spring.
Auyuittuq National Park is for intrepid travelers and is in Nunavut, Canada’s newest and most northern jurisdiction. Auyuittuq, a distant region of more than 8,000 kilometers, is home to spectacular animals like polar bears and arctic foxes and is characterized by rugged granite cliffs, glaciers, tundra valleys, and steep-walled fjords.
There you have it! What’s remaining is booking your Canada holiday trip through a top travel agency. Whether you’re going alone or with your friends and family, you’re sure to enjoy your Canada holiday trip.