This blog was written by writing intern Amanda Simard.
March 30th is Take a Walk in the Park Day. To celebrate, we’ve listed some of Canada’s most beautiful parks to visit with the whole family. Take a read through to discover breathtaking trails, as well as tips for hiking!
Algonquin Provincial Park
The Algonquin Provincial Park is located in south-central Ontario. Home to over 40 species of mammals and over 130 bird species, the park is a great place for wildlife watching. Hike and snowshoe along the trails, enjoy lunch at the picnic grounds, or canoe in the beautiful backcountry—there’s something here for everyone.
Gatineau Park is a conservation park located in the National Capital Region. The park has over 250 km of trails, and it offers a variety of activities year round. With a wide range of protected ecosystems and habitats, Gatineau Park is home to many protected species and nearly 230 species of birds have been spotted in the park. The park has many breathtaking sights, including Pink Lake—a unique “meromictic” lake where the water from the depths never mixes with the surface water.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Discover the beauty Nova Scotia has to offer at Cape Breton Highlands National Park “where the mountains meet the sea.” With 26 scenic trails, there is a lot to see here all year round. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located by the Atlantic Ocean and many sightseeing spots offer unique views of Canadian sea life. For beautiful coastal landscapes and a moderate hike, take a look at the Acadian Trail.
Sunshine Coast Trail
The Sunshine Coast Trail is an 185 km trail extending from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay. The trail offers a unique experience of Powell River’s breathtaking backcountry. There is a diverse range of wildlife to spot along the trail: bears, wolves, elk, many bird species, and even a variety of sea mammals such as otters, seals, dolphins, and whales. Additionally, the Sunshine Coast Trail is the only free hut-to-hut hiking trail in Canada, which makes for a truly unique experience.
Banff National Park
As one of the most beautiful mountain destination, Banff National Park has a lot to offer hiking enthusiasts. The park has over 1,600 km of trails and is home to diverse animals, including over 260 species of birds. For breathtaking views of the Ten Peaks, the Larch Valley Trail offers a moderate hike into a unique larch forest above Moraine Lake.
Nearby Kananaskis Country also offers beautiful trails. Go biking along the Goat Creek Trail, or canoeing in Barrier Lake.
Our bloggers are also happy to share their experience and wisdom. Here are some blog posts with tips to help you make the most of your park-going experiences!
Find out 10 ways to spend your day when visiting one of Canada’s 200 national parks.
Want to know what you should bring on a hike? Learn 5 easy tips for making the most of your hiking pack.
Eager to hit the trails but unsure how to get there without a car? Here are some easy and affordable
What are some of your favourite parks? What adventure wisdom do you have to share? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter!