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50 Most Gorgeous Parks Across Canada

The true beauty of Canada can be found in our countless parks, which range from quaint to gigantic. Discover our 50 favourites, from coast to coast to coast.

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Banff National Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Banff National Park, Alberta

The country’s oldest national park offers a spectacular array of outdoor escapes, from mountain glaciers to bubbling hot springs.

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Fish Creek Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Fish Creek Park, Alberta

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Calgary’s Fish Creek is three times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

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Elk Island National Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Elk Island National Park, Alberta

Located less than an hour outside of Edmonton, this refuge of meadows, bogs and lakes is the only national park surrounded by a fence.

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Jasper National Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Not only does this park showcase picturesque views of the Rockies, at night a whole different universe comes to life. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has officially designated Jasper National Park as a Dark Sky Preserve, one of the world’s largest.

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Waterton Lakes National Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Prairie, coastal and mountain ecological all thrive in this diverse park range. The distinct landscape means it’s also home to many animals, including more than 60 species of mammals, over 250 types of birds, 24 kinds of fish, and 10 reptiles and amphibians.

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Dinosaur Provincial Park, AlbertaPhoto: Shutterstock

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

This UNESCO heritage site is known to be one of the richest regions for fossils in the world. Forty dinosaur species have been discovered here.

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Churn Creek Provincial Park - Alberta

Churn Creek Provincial Park, Alberta

This park is one of the only areas in BC that preserves the rare bunchgrass grassland ecosystem. Some of the creatures that live here include mule deer, bighorn sheep, lynx, bobcats and black bears.

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Glacier National Park, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Glacier National Park, British Columbia

As home to one of the country’s largest cave systems, it has over 5.9 km of passages that have been explored and mapped to date.

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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, British Columbia

Although it’s considered a provincial park, Khutzeymateen is also known as a protected space for the region’s grizzly bear population.

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Kootenay National Park, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

Here’s a park, which makes up the southwestern region of the Rockies, where you’re just as likely to find a cactus, as you are a glacier.

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British ColumbiaPhoto: Chase Clausen/Shutterstock

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia

Three separate geographically unique units coexist in this park: The Long Beach unit, which is made up of a sandy beach, The Broken Group Islands Unit, an archipelago of more than one hundred islands, and The West Coast Trail Unit, a 75 km backpacking paradise.

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Mount Revelstoke National Park, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

You can find it all here: old-growth forests and ice-topped mountains. The Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk trail is considered a birder’s oasis.

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Yoho National Park, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Yoho in Cree translates to an expression of awe and wonder. That’s what you’ll experience here, amongst the rock walls, waterfalls and mountain peaks.

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Guelph Park aka Dude Chilling - British Columbia

Guelph Park aka Dude Chilling, British Columbia

This park made headlines after a prankster erected an exact replica of a park sign with the words “Dude Chilling Park”, inspired by the reclining figure statue. Residents of the neighbourhood rallied to keep the sign, which is still there today.

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Stanley Park, British ColumbiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Stanley Park, British Columbia

Often called the jewel of Vancouver, Stanley Park is a paradise of bike paths, beaches, playgrounds and picturesque views.

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Riding Mountain National Park, ManitobaPhoto: Shutterstock

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

The park‘s name is quite fitting, considering the extensive cycling adventures to be had around its sprawling and diverse terrain. Trails range from gentle to rugged.

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Stephen Juba National Park, ManitobaPhoto: Kaitlyn Zia Rosero/Thousand Wonders

Stephen Juba Park, Manitoba

Situated right on the western bank of the Red River, this park was named after the former MLA and recipient of the Order of Canada. It offers city dwellers a serene break from the hustle and bustle.

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Fundy National Park, New BrunswickPhoto: Shutterstock

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Along with 120 km of trails that take you through cascading waterfalls and sparkling streams, this park is home to the world famous Bay of Fundy tides. With 100-billion tonnes of seawater gushing in and out of the bay twice a day, it makes them the highest tides in the world.

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De la République Provincial Park, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

De la République Provincial Park, New Brunswick

Those looking for a camping adventure have the choice of going rugged or a bit more upscale. This park offers 150 campsites, 100 of which have electricity. Don’t miss the Botanical Gardens either, now in its 20th season.

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Mactaquac Provincial Park - New Brunswick

Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick

Enjoy the outdoors year-round here. Whether you’re lounging by the freshwater beaches in the summer, teeing up at the park’s golf course, or going tobogganing when the snow arrives, you’re sure to have an unforgettable adventure.

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Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve, NewfoundlandPhoto: Shutterstock

Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Commonly known as “The Cape”, this park is considered to be one of the world’s most accessible places to watch nesting birds, which come in the thousands during breeding season.

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Gros Morne National Park, NewfoundlandPhoto: Shutterstock

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Translated from French, the name of this world heritage site means “large mountain standing alone.” Its stunning rock formations were made famous by geologists Robert Stevens and Harold Williams.

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Terra Nova National Park, NewfoundlandPhoto: Shutterstock

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland

Canada’s most eastern park offers such a diverse terrain that it allows visitors to paddle through icebergs and hike through forests.

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Cape Breton National Park, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia

The unique melding of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats is what makes this national park worth spending time in.

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Kejimkujik National Park, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

You’ll find everything from white sand beach, warm lakes and even Mi’kmaw petroglyphs at this park.

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Halifax Public Gardens, Nova ScotiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia

These Victorian gardens were officially established in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation. They’re also considered a National Historic Heritage site.

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Auyuittuq National Park Reserve - Nunavut

Auyuittuq National Park Reserve, Nunavut

“The land that never melts” is a fitting name for this park, thanks to its enormous glaciers. It’s also home to the Penny Ice Cap, the highest peak in the Canadian Shield.

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Ellesmere Island National Park, NunavutPhoto: Shutterstock

Ellesmere Island National Park, Nunavut

Considered to be one of the most remote areas of the country, this park requires visitors to attend an orientation session before entering. Once in, you can experience 24-hour daylight.

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Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest TerritoriesPhoto: Shutterstock

Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

Another UNESCO world heritage site, this park‘s geological make up is a true marvel. Elevations range from 180 m ASL (above sea level) at the eastern park boundary to a peak of 2640 m ASL.

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Tuktut Nogait National Park - Northwest TerritoriesPhoto: Shutterstock

Tuktut Nogait National Park, Northwest Territories

The park came to being after the Inuit of Paulauk in this Territory lobbied to protect the breeding grounds of the Bluenose herd of caribou, an animal that’s deeply embedded in their way of life.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

The diverse habitat that inhabits this park ranges from rare limestone barrens – also known as Alvars – to forests you’ve only read about in fairytales.

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Fathom Five National Marine Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario

This park marks the first marine conservation area in Canada. Twenty-two shipwrecks and lighthouses are preserved within the grounds.

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Georgian Bay Islands National Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario

Although it’s made up of 63 islands, only one offers services like docking facilities, outhouses, and picnic tables. It’s also a spot the Group of Seven would visit for inspiration.

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Point Pelee National Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

Located on the same latitude as Rome and northern California, this park is known as one of the country’s greatest spots for bird watching.

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Pukaskwa National Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

This park is divided into two parts: an inviting and easy front country, for casual campers, and an isolated backcountry for more experienced adventurers. The Pukaskwa Pits are thousand-year-old pits dug into cobblestone beaches.

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St. Lawrence Islands National Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Ontario

A bridge stretching from the US to Canada crosses this park, which is made up of the 24 islands, 129 islets, and eight mainland tracts. Much of the park can only be accessed by boat.

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Killarney Provincial Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

An iconic park that was another locale for the Group of Seven to regularly paint, Killarney is home to white quartzite terrain and more than 50 lakes.

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Algonquin Provincial Park, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

This icon was the country’s first provincial park, and the oldest in Ontario. It’s famous for its wolves and “wolf howls” events, evening gatherings for park-goers to listen to the animal’s calls.

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Trinity Bellwoods - Ontario

Trinity Bellwoods – Ontario

Located in the western part of Toronto‘s downtown core, TriBell, as the locals know it, is a magnet for sprawling hours-long hangouts, spontaneous yard sales and recreational sports like baseball and tennis.

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Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward IslandPhoto: Shutterstock

Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island

The largest park in Western PEI is equipped with a playground and has a naturalist on hand to give guided tours.

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Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward IslandPhoto: Shutterstock

Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Probably most famous for its dune system, this park‘s beaches are protected areas to allow breeding grounds for the endangered Piping Plover. It’s also home to Green Gables, a farm that inspired a certain famous book.

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Forillon National Park, QuebecPhoto: Shutterstock

Forillon National Park, Quebec

From flat-topped mountains, pebble beaches and flower-speckled meadows, Forillion is the destination for those who want to escape to a world of scenic wonder.

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La Mauricie National Park, QuebecPhoto: Shutterstock

La Mauricie National Park, Quebec

Situated in the Laurentian mountain range, this park is a prime spot for those looking to get lost in the forest, or refresh by a lake.

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Mt. Royal Montreal, QuebecPhoto: Shutterstock

Mt. Royal Montreal, Quebec

Take in a spectacular view of Montreal from atop this city park. It’s also famous for the tam-tams, a giant circle of drummers who meet every Sunday from May to September.

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Grasslands National Park, SaskatchewanPhoto: Shutterstock

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

Some of the last untouched prairie grasses can be found at this national park. Be sure to take in the black-tailed prairie dogs, as it’s the only place in Canada where these colonies are found in their natural habitat.

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Prince Albert National Park, SaskatchewanPhoto: ShutterStock

Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan

This year-round park offers both outdoor adventures and the comforts of a lakeside resort. Bison wander freely in the areas where fescue grassland can be found, so be on the lookout.

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Fort Carlton Provincial Park, SaskatchewanPhoto: Tourism Saskatchewan

Fort Carlton Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

This park is seeped in history, as it is the original site of a Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trading post that operated between 1810 and 1885. Now, there’s a reconstructed area that takes you back to that time.

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Ivvavik National Park, YukonPhoto: Shutterstock

Ivvavik National Park, Yukon

The name of this park translates to “a place for giving birth, a nursery”, which is fitting. It’s the first national park in Canada devised as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement.

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Kluane National Park, YukonPhoto: Shutterstock

Kluane National Park, Yukon

With terrain ranging from ice fields to lush valleys, there’s bound to be something for every explorer in this park. It’s home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak.

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