The best parks in Canada

Canada has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and a rich culture. Quite frankly there is no other country in the world as developed, laid back and beautiful as Canada is. The one thing you must do before you finalise your travel plans is to get a visa. We have all heard of stories where visa processing took up to months but not with the Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to Canada. The eTA is open to some select countries so first check to ascertain that your home country falls under this list. Do not panic if your country does not appear under eTA approved list for Canada because you can acquire a regular visa. Once you have submitted your eTA application, wait to receive approval via email within a few days. The Visa is valid for a period of 5 years and it will allow multiple entries during this time each lasting a maximum of 6 months. Check here how to apply for the Canadian eTA

The entire landscape of Canada is adorned with beautiful landscape that is all the making of Mother Nature. There are a quite a large number of parks in Canada and while these have been purposefully established to conserve what already exists, they much more in the way of attracting tourists. If you love nature, you will be excited to be in Canada – where the pristine wilderness and natural beauty offer a host of outdoor fun opportunities. The Canadian landscape is famed for extreme sports like mountain climbing and scuba diving but the not so daring can enjoy time watching wildlife, boating and fishing. Every single park in Canada deserves to be on this list but that is not practical. Today, emphasis has been placed on parks that attract large numbers of tourists.

Banff National Park  

Taking the top slot on this list is Banff National Park located in Alberta. The park received an average of 4,181,854 between 2017 and 2018. Ask around and the locals will tell you that Banff is the oldest national park in Canada. Remember to bring your camera on a trip to this park because the natural landscape is picture perfect and even amateur photographs will look great. Visitor of Banff get to spend their time in some of the world’s most prestigious resorts. By day, the activities to take part in are kayaking, watching wildlife, trekking and mountain climbing.

 

Jasper National Park

Everyone who visits Jasper National Park vows to return to see the astounding landscape again. The area that falls within the park boundaries boasts of glaciers, mountains, hot springs, forests and waterfalls. With such scenic beauty one would understand why so many people would want to visit. Apart from marvelling at the wonders of nature, visitors can spend their time at this location rafting, camping, kayaking, hiking and fishing. Are you looking for a place that will leave you breathless? Visit Jasper National Park to see Athabasca Glacier, Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake, Miette Hot Springs, and the Tonquin Valley, among others.

 

Saguenay – St. Lawrence Marine Park

Having received around 1,185,322 in the period 2017-18, Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park lands third place to visit in our list of popular parks in Canada. The park gets its name from its location at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the Saint Lawrence River as they drain their waters into the sea. At the point where the fresh water of the river hits the salty water of the sea, is the ideal environment for the breeding of whales. The next time you feel like you want to see whales in their natural space, come over to Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park and get entertained. You will also be treated to sightings of Greenland sharks as well as other marine fauna.

 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve  

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is unique in that it is made up of three seemingly separate regions; Long Beach, Broken Group Island and West Coast trail. This park received 1,131,418 visitors in 2017-18. It was a deliberate move to encompass these three areas because that was the only way to make sure that the Pacific Coast Mountains region ecosystem was protected. There is a temperate forest within the park reserve and the animals you will see here include marine to inter-tidal species. For tourists coming to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, there is no better way to spend their time than soak in the scenery. Take breaks from active watching by engaging in windsurfing, scuba diving and kayaking in the sea.

 

Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park

These two parks have been mentioned in the same line because there are situated close to each other. They are found in British Columbia and received 787,968 visitors in the period of 2017-18. Like is now already a standard trend in all the parks in BC, the duo of Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park is famous for its wonderful sights and vast wildlife species. These national parks are home to black bears, grizzly bears, woodland caribou, martens, mountain goats, coyotes, moose, and others – all the animals you have probably only ever seen in movies and documentary can be seen in the flesh here. Apart from the hiking trails that are obviously safe, visitors can enjoy nights out camping.

 

Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is to be found in the Rocky Mountains on the southeastern side of British Columbia. The sixth most popular national park in the whole of Canada, this destination was visited by 712,046 people in 2017-18. The name of the name was derived from the indigenous communities and means amazement. True to this definition, visitors cannot help but wonder at the beautiful and unique site offered here. Where else did you see massive fields of ice or the world’s highest ice peaks? If not for anything else, come to Yoho National Park to enjoy seeing the mule deer, timber wolf, golden-mantled ground squirrel, American black bear, lynx, grizzly bear, etc.

 

 

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