Yoho National Park
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A waterfall empties into Lake Oesa in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. A Cree exclamation of awe, “Yoho” applies perfectly to the park’s big peaks, expansive glaciers, and impressive waterfalls.
Glacier National Park
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A skier descends a mountain at Glacier National Park in British Columbia. The park is best known for its deep valleys, thick coniferous forests, and spectacular mountain scenery, all seen by millions annually as they travel Trans-Canada 1 through Rogers Pass.
Ukkusiksalik National Park
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A polar bear swims in Wager Bay, an inland sea at Ukkusiksalik National Park in Nanavut. The only unglaciated park in the province, Ukkusiksalik has extraordinarily rich concentrations of marine wildlife.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
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Unique in the Parks Canada system, Gwaii Haanas consists of the park reserve, the Haida Heritage Site, and the marine conservation area. World renowned for its cultural heritage and natural splendor, it boasts unparalleled biological richness, including more than 600 archaeological sites.
Jasper National Park
Photograph by Kevin McElheran, My Shot
Summertime camping is a popular activity in Alberta’s Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Open year-round, the park’s rugged, backcountry landscape also attracts wildlife viewers and hikers, and, in winter, skiers and snowboarders.
Grasslands National Park
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Established in 1981, Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s newest parks. Slated to eventually cover an area of 375 square miles, the park’s upland is wild and unmarked; hikers here are rewarded with the landscape’s natural beauty and the freedom to roam anywhere.
Fathom Five National Marine Park
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A sea kayaker navigates the rocks around Flowerpot Island in Ontario’s Fathom Five National Marine Park. Located on Lake Huron, Fathom Five is a marine conservation area popular with divers and paddlers and for its island boat cruises.
Kootenay National Park
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British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park features a fully developed hot spring and other popular geological attractions. The narrow park is bisected by Hwy. 93, and much of its spectacular scenery can be viewed from the road.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Photograph by Aaron Huey, National Geographic
Purple and coral-hued sea stars cling to a rock in Schooner Cove on Vancouver Island, part of British Columbia’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Long Beach, the park’s ten-mile stretch of uninhabited coastline, is one of Canada’s most visited tourist attractions.
Wapusk National Park
Photograph by Daniel Cox, Photolibrary
The aurora borealis brightens the sky over Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park, one of Canada’s most accessible northern national parks. The park is home to polar bears and other wildlife, including wolves, moose, and many rare bird species.
Quttinirpaaq National Park
Photograph by Alexandra Kobalenko, Photolibrary
Quttinirpaaq National Park, situated at the northern end of Ellesmere Island, is the second largest national park in Canada and the most remote. It is the last piece of land before Canada gives way to the Arctic Ocean.
Forillon National Park
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
Quebec’s Forillon National Park protects a range of varied ecosystems, including natural prairies, seaside cliffs, lakes, and marshes. The park has remarkable hiking trails and boasts a cluster of traditional Gaspé fishing villages.
Waterton Lakes National Park
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The Prince of Wales Hotel overlooks Waterton Lake in Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Outstanding scenery, sunny weather, and small crowds characterize this isolated park, the Canadian portion of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Sirmilik National Park
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National GeographicOne of Canada’s most accessible high Arctic parks, Sirmilik is home to a variety of marine and avian wildlife. The park’s Boyt Island offers stunning sights, and visitors may also catch sight of some of the hundreds of narwhals (such as these pictured here) and seals that inhabit the park.
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