10 July 2018
North America is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, with a total of 107 National Parks offering a fantastic variety of landscapes – from glaciers to desert – and a huge choice of incredible activities and adventures in the great outdoors. And entry to all Canadian National Parks is free on Canada Day (1st July).
Banff National Park, Alberta - With its emerald-green lakes and awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was the first in Canada and boasts stunning glacial scenery and alpine fauna. Canoeing on Lake Minnewanka will allow you some of the most incredible sights from a different perspective.
Parc National de la Gaspesie, Quebec – This hiking hotspot offers trails amidst towering peaks, with woodland creatures including caribou and white-tailed deer to discover along the way.
Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia –This picture-perfect spot boats lush greenery and incredible views of the Atlantic. Head to Mount Mackenzie to whale-watch.
Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario –Canada’s first underwater national park includes 22 shipwrecks that can be explored on a scuba-diving trip, along with fascinating marine life and colourful underwater fauna.
Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut –This remote and rocky spot radiates an eerie, lunar-like atmosphere. It’s a beautiful park with challenging terrain – take a boat to the Pang Trail to see it in all its glory.
Kenai Fjords, Alaska – The highlight of this dramatic park is a fjord sightseeing cruise to visit the majestic Northwestern Fjord and see fascinating tidewater and alpine glaciers. If you’re lucky you may even spot killer whales.
Lake Tahoe National Park, Nevada – Tahoe’s glacial lake and towering snow-capped mountains make it the perfect place to soar through the skies and experience some of the most incredible views on earth with a scenic gondola ride.
Grand Canyon, Arizona – Carved by a snaking river and characterised by colourful rock layers dating back to prehistoric times, the Grand Canyon can be absorbed in all its glory on a hiking trail. Try the Bright Angel Trail – it’s a challenging one but is worth it for the views.
Channel Island, California - Nicknamed the North American Galapagos, the Channel Islands is home to fascinating marine and plant life, with more than 150 unique animal species. Kayak through the meandering sea caves and see thousands of seals and sea-lions at Point Bennett.
Rocky Mountain, Colorado – With 540km of hiking trails, this famous spot offers everything from lakeside strolls to an ascent up Longs Peak. Expect incredible alpine scenery, wildlife including moose and elk, wildflowers and spruces.
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