The Most Beautiful Canadian National Parks

by admin on November 9, 2012

Gulf Islands National Park

Gulf Islands National Park

The national parks in Canada include many breathtaking areas of Canadian significance, including crashing waterfalls, icy coastlines and luscious meadows. From the huge Jasper National Park to the tiny Gulf Islands National Park there’s an experience to be had for all, whether you’re a visitor to the country or a well established Canadian park goer!

 

Some of the most beautiful national parks in Canada are as follows…

 

  1. Gulf Islands National Park. Gulf Islands National Park in BC is one of Canada’s newest national preserves and it spreads across its namesake chain of islands in the Salish Sea northeast of Victoria. The beautiful park includes thirty-six square kilometres of land and marine area over fifteen islands, a number of islets and reefs that provide a valuable habitat. There are also twenty-six square kilometres of submerged land which is also for national park usage.

 

  1. Jasper National Park. This park is one of the oldest national parks, having been established in 1907, yet more recently it’s become a getaway for people looking to escape busy city life. There’s a whopping 1000 kilometres of trails as well as thousands of campsites, teeming wildlife and the biggest Dark Sky Preserve on the planet. The striking glacier that has melted over the years is still the most visited glacier in North America.

 

  1. Banff National Park. This park is the first one established in Canada, and it spans a region of breathtaking mountain scenery. The park’s open year-round for picture taking, bird watching and other outdoor pursuits. On a sunny day Lake Louise can bring thousands of bus-borne visitors to its shores.

 

  1. Gwaii Haanas National Park. Gwaii Haanas translates to “Islands of Beauty” in the Haida language, and such a translation couldn’t be truer. The park is truly stunning, embodying the rich ecology of the coastline alongside a mild climate. Many travel to the park for a spiritual experience- immersing themselves in the beauty and nature of the park is said to provide true inner harmony. The park is managed by the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation.

 

  1. Auyuittuq National Park. This national park is a gritty mixture of jagged granite mountains and stunning glaciers, next to the icy polar sea. Auyuittuq is Inukitut for “land that never melts” and since the land protects thousands of kilometres of glacier-scoured terrain this is fitting. Included in the park is the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap and Akshayuk Pass.

 

 

Although these are five of the best, there are many, many more beautiful parks in Canada, with many scenic landscapes to photograph and many wildlife-teeming plains to picnic on.

 

And if you’re not sure what to do once you get to the park (after having done some obligatory picture taking!) how about engaging your group in a group game, such as football or Frisbee? Equally you could pack a delicious picnic to share around or do a spot of bird watching. If you have children with you why not organise a treasure hunt or make kites to fly? Whatever you decide to do, have a fantastic time!

 

This is a guest post written by Gen from stag party organisers StagWeb.

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