Canada’s National Parks: Your Bucket List


The world’s second largest country is home to 36 million people, the Rocky Mountains, and the KnowRoaming offices. That’s why we are especially excited to announce we now have Unlimited Data packages available here in Canada! For $7.99 USD a day, travelers visiting Canada can stay connected across our great nation.

While there are lots of popular cities with great restaurants, entertainment and historic sites, Canada is also home to more than 40 National Parks. We’ve gathered six of our favorites that are worth exploring and sharing—organized here from west to east.

 

1. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia

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‘Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’ – Gerry Thomasen (CC by 2.0)

This wild park has three very different sections. If you enjoy catching a wave, Long Beach is one of the best spots to surf in Canada. Kayakers come from all over to the Broken Islands and hikers love the famous West Coast Trail, which stretches 75 km through beaches, rainforests and rough terrain. If all that sounds exhausting, there’s whale watching and the Hot Springs Cove where you can relax!

Pro Tip: If you’re going in March and April, you can see around 20,000 gray whales pass through as they make their way to Arctic feeding grounds.

 

2. Banff National Park, Alberta

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‘Moraine Lake’ – Brian.ch (CC by 2.0)

If there’s one National Park you visit in Canada, let it be this one. It lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and has some of the most stunning views in the country. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are some of our favorite spots to visit. You’ll want to snap plenty of pictures of the turquoise waters and snow-capped mountains #nofilter.

 

3. Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

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Virginia Falls, Nahanni – Paul Gierszewski

This park is not for the faint of heart. Nahanni has some of the deepest river canyons in the world and its Virginia Falls are the twice the height of Niagara Falls. If you plan on white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking, Parks Canada recommends going with someone experienced. We might opt for the flight-seeing day trips instead.

 

4. Wapusk National Park, Manitoba

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Momma bear and her cubs – Emma (CC by 2.0)

This destination is ideal for animal lovers—especially those who don’t mind admiring from a distance. Waspusk has one of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world so if you’re willing to sit out by the frozen Hudson Bay in February and March, you’ll see mothers emerge with their new cubs, exploring the world for the first time.

 

5. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

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‘Hopewell Rocks New Brunswick’ – Brendan Ross (CC by 2.0)

This Atlantic Ocean destination boasts the world’s highest tides. You can get up close by renting a kayak and surfing the waves yourself as they roll in. Or stay in one of the many camping options—including yurts—and marvel from the shore. Fundy’s unique “flower pot” sandstone rock formations, Hopewell Walks, are also deserving of Instagram, or if the tide is out, great for a seaside stroll.

 

6. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Tablelands Mountain – Gros Morne National Park (CC by 2.0)

Remember when you learned about the tectonic plates and the continental drift back in grade school? Gros Morne’s landscape is the remnants of the 450 million-year-old collisions and separations of the Earth. You can actually walk on the exposed deep ocean crust and Earth’s mantle, which is normally found far below the Earth’s surface.

 

From hiking to hot springs, these parks are perfect to add to (then check off) your bucket list. Take advantage of our new Unlimited Data packages and upload all your breathtaking images on the spot. Do you have a favorite Canadian park? Comment below to let us know!