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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carcross Desert, Yukon
Often called the smallest desert in the world, the dunes here are frequently used for sandboarding.