To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Parks Canada is offering free admission to every National Park in the country. Canadian citizens and visitors alike can order a free Discovery Pass, good for admission to any of Canada’s 40 National Park until December 31, 2017.
So if you decide to come and visit us, where should you go? Canada is a country famed for its diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes, so you may have a hard time choosing! Below we’ve listed a few of our favourite parks, along with a local guide who can help you make the most of your time in each one, whether that means a hiking, cycling, boating or driving tour.
Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest park, and the third oldest in the world, founded in 1885. Famous for its turquoise coloured lakes, majestic mountains and endless outdoor adventures, Banff has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. See it with our guide Greg!
Jasper National Park, Alberta
At almost 11,000 square km, Jasper is the largest park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, boasting superb wilderness adventures and wildlife viewing opportunities. Hike through alpine meadows and canyons and picnic beside pristine alpine lakes. See it with our guide Terri!
Thousand Islands National Park, Ontario
Experience the sparkling waters of the St Lawrence River on a cruise of the Thousand Islands, near Kingston, Ontario. This historic protected area was the first National Park created east of the Rockies, and has been welcoming recreational boaters for over a century. See it with our guide John!
Mont Tremblant National Park, Quebec
Quebec’s largest park is a year-round destination, much beloved by hikers, cyclists, skiers and canoers. The fall is a particularly beautiful time to visit, as the foliage of the Laurentian Mountains turns a glowing gold and orange. See it with our guide Pierre-Carl!
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Few places on Earth are as awe-inspiring as New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. A visit to this special place will reward you with magnificent tides, breathtaking coastline and endless outdoor adventure. Walk around the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide then watch them slowly disappear as Fundy’s legendary tides rush in. See it with our guide Mike!
Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia
As you drive along the world-famous Cabot Trail, you'll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean below. It’s scenic, to say the least! For an extra treat, come visit in October to witness the fiery fall foliage. See it with our guide Brenda!
Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI
You’ll find the Prince Edward Island of your dreams in the province’s national park. Sitting along the fabled red sands of the north shore, it includes sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, and even Anne of Green Gables’ house in Cavendish. See it with our guide Kevin!
If you're Canadian, now is the time to get out and explore our country's treasured National Parks. And if you're a southern neighbour or from overseas, come visit us, why don't you! You'll find your Canadian hosts every bit as warm and inviting as our beckoning landscapes.