15 Most Beautiful National Parks in Canada

Introduction to Canada National Parks

Canada is the largest state in North America and is also the second largest state in the world after Russia and has many national parks.

Occupies the entire territory of North America north of the United States, with the exception of Alaska, Greenland and the Arctic archipelago. Its total surface is almost ten million km2 and almost 10% of it is composed of water, mainly fresh water.

The peculiarity is that its population density is less than 4 inhabitants per km2, a little bit less then 40 milions people.

The Canadian population is largely made up of people of British and French descent, but there are also people from at least 20 other different states such as Germany and Italy.

The indigenous Canadian population is made up of Algonquians, Iroquois, Cayuga, Inuit.

There are countless tourist attractions that characterize Canada, but here we will dedicate ourselves as always to that part of tourism that prefers wild nature and uncontaminated spaces.

And speaking of pristine spaces in Canada, there are at least fifty national parks and protected areas.

A paradise for explorers but also for simple tourists looking for a journey immersed in the wild and unique nature that Canada offers so generously.

We have chosen 15 of the most evocative and unmissable parks in Canada, but those we don’t mention don’t feel excluded, they are also beautiful travel destinations.

Let us know in the comments which is your favorite Canadian park.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is certainly one of the most famous Canada National Parks if not the most famous of all.

Millions of tourists visit it every year and then return in the future given the large amount of attractions and activities possible in the park.

Banff National park is located in the Alberta region of Canada.

Large mountains, large lakes and immense coniferous forests make Banff an unmissable destination for lovers of unspoiled nature.

We like to point out that the most interesting possibilities are hiking and mountain climbing.

But for those who prefer to know more about the environment and nature of Banff we recommend Guided Tours.

Take also info at the official site of the park: Banff National Park

Banff Landscape Alberta Canada
Banff Landscape Alberta Canada – Credits: Photo by Christopher Czermak on Unsplash

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest park in Canada and cannot be missing on the agenda of those who want to visit the Canada National Parks.

The Park is located in the province of Alberta in Canada and is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies.

Well known for the beauty of the mountain landscapes, characterized by high mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves.

Here too, uncontaminated nature reigns supreme. More than a thousand kilometers of trails await you to allow you to explore this wonderful area.

The fauna is the classic one of the parks of North America and therefore you will find bears, moose, wolves, caribus, coyotes and pumas.

For those who are particularly interested in animals, we recommend hiring a local guide.

Although they are very numerous, the animals are not easy to spot, a local guide can help a lot to meet them safely.

Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park – Credits: Photo by Kaiwen Zhao on Unsplash

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in the British Columbia region.

Strongly characterized by the alpine landscape and ancient forests.

Glacier National Park is also famous among the mountaineering community for its mountains and tough wall.

It offers adventure terrain for all tastes, well seasoned with a wonderful and unspoiled landscape.

Given the very wild features of this park, we recommend caution and ask the authorities for information on the conditions of the park and the animals.

Encounters with both grizzly and black bears are not uncommon and you need to know the safety rules.

Glacier National Park BC Canada
Glacier National Park BC Canada Credits: Photo by Ali Kazal on Unsplash

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park is located in the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Completely different from the parks that we have previously listed, it is in fact located on an island and the environment is the typical marine one.

The peculiarity of this park is the vulnerability of its ecosystem, it was considered the most at risk among Canadian parks due to human impact.

For this reason, visits are regulated and there are restrictions.

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island: Credits: Photo by Julian Nortoft on Unsplash

Auyuittuq National Park

Auyuittuq National Park is located on Baffin Island’s Cumberland Peninsula, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.

With this park we go to the cold, in the great north, in fact we enter the Arctic circle.

Here it is possible to meet some of the iconic species of the polar territories.

On land, in fact, we have polar bears, wolves, arctic foxes, lemmings, while in the sea we find beluga whales and narwhales.

Baffin Island is famous in the mountaineering community for its immense walls and a severe climate that make climbing one of the most intense and difficult possible experiences.

The walls of Mount Asgard and Mount Thor reach a height of 1250 meters and here the winds that are certainly not hot can greatly exceed 150 km / h.
It is one of the wildest places on the planet and therefore dedicated to a very specialized and well-prepared tourism.

Auyuittuq National Park
Auyuittuq National Park- Credits: Photo by Isaac Demeester on Unsplash

Nahanni National Park the most particular of the Canada National Parks

Nahanni National Park Reserve is located in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories and is a designated UNESCO world heritage site.

The Park takes its name from the Nahanni River that crosses it forming four spectacular canyons up to a thousand meters high.

The landscape is spectacular and impervious.

The force of nature is unleashed along the rapids and waterfalls that are 90 meters high.

The only possible way to reach the Nahanni is by plane or helicopter, but once reached you can also make beautiful excursions and trekking in the mountains of the park.

Nahanni National Park
Virginia Falls (Nailicho), Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada. Credits: Paul Gierszewski

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the Alberta region of Canada.

This park takes its name from Lake Waterton which is however a cross-border la go.

In fact, Waterton Lake is partly in southern Alberta in Canada and partly in Montana United States.

This park also offers an incredible beauty of landscapes with large forests and large lakes.

The fauna is the classic one of the Canadian forests, grizly or black bears, wolves, coyotes, pumas, wolverines, bisons and of course beavers.

You can watch wildlife go biking or walk some of the 200 kilometers of trails that crisscross the park.

Always inquire about the conditions of the park before leaving.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park – Credits: Photo by Hayden Huntley on Unsplash

Kluane National Park

Kluane National Park is located in the mythical territory of the Yukon which became famous in 1896, the year in which the gold rush began in the Klondike.

The charm of this region is undoubtedly given by the uncontaminated landscape of great beauty but also by the tales of the events of the gold rush.

Unforgettable masterpiece is Jack London’s White Fang, a book that has changed the lives of many including me.
Inside the park there is also the highest mountain in Canada or Mount Logan (5.959 meters).

Among the main animals of the park are Yukon wolf, bear, coyote, river otter, caribou, Yukon moose, beaver and wolverine.

As for the hiking activities is Kluane’s most popular activity and opportunities range from short strolls to multi-day route-finding adventures.

Kluane National Park
Kluane National Park Yukon Canada – Credits: Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia within the Rocky Mountains. Along the western slope of the Continental Divide of the Americas.

The animals presents in the park are grizly or black bears, wolves, coyotes, pumas, wolverines, bisons and of course beavers, but many other minor species there are.

The park environment is the classic Canadian forest with large expanses of conifers but there are also many mountains.

For this reason it offers many hiking or trekking itineraries.

The park borders two other famous parks; Kootenay National Park to the south and Banff National Park to the east in Alberta.

Here are the second highest falls in Canada: Takakkaw Falls have a total height of 373 meters.

The park area is also famous for the abundant presence of ancient fossils.

It is one of iconic Canada National Parks.

Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park Canada – Credits: Photo by Rohit D’Silva on Unsplash

Saguenay National Park

Saguenay National Park is located in the Quebec region.

It is a very different park from the others already listed.

The park protects the fjord on the outside on the mainland. Lawrence Marine Park.

Being a rather small park the animals present are less than in other parks. But we can still find black bears, lynx, beavers and mooses. In the water there are seals, brook trout, atlantic salmon, as well as isolated populations of greenland halibut.

Activities in the park include over 100 kilometers of hiking trails, 50 kilometers of skiing trails, camping, kayaking, sea kayaking.

Saguenay National Park
Saguenay National Park Canada – Credits: By J.boulian – CC BY-SA 3.0

La Mauricie National Park

La Mauricie National Park is located near Shawinigan in the Laurentian mountains, in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada.

The Mauricie National Park contains 150 lakes, a true wooded paradise of conifers with a truly unique ecosystem.

Fauna is really great especially among mammals where we can find moose, raccoons, beavers, foxes, black bears, lynxes and wolves.

Among the important activities that can be done we find: camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, skiing.

Riding Mountain National Park
La Mauricie National Park Quebec Canada – Credits: By Marc-Lautenbacher – CC BY-SA 4.0

Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain is a Canada National Park located in Manitoba region, Canada.

The Park is made up of three different ecosystems; grasslands, upland boreal and eastern deciduous forests.

It is an immense park of about three thousand km2 with a warm climate in summer but very cold in winter.

The immense expanses of forests are inhabited by all the classic animals typical of Canadian parks.

Among these we find; elk, moose, coyote, raccoons, beavers, foxes, black bears, puma, lynxes and wolves.

We like to point out that inside the park there are 22 wilderness campsites located in the back country of the park.

These sites are equipped with firewood, pit privies, picnic tables and food storage containers.
Obviously, in addition to these, there are also equipped campsites and rest areas.

Worthy of note is what is reported on the official website of the park where we find written; “Riding Mountain National Park is in Treaty 2 Territory, where we work with Anishinabe, First Nations from treaties 2, 4, and 1. We honor, acknowledge, and recognize Indigenous contributions to the park, the province, and Canada.”

Riding Mountain National Park Deep Lake
Riding Mountain National Park Deep Lake – Credits: Photo by Norm Andreiw – CC BY 3.0

Wapusk National Park

Wapusk National Park is located north between the boreal forest and arctic tundra, on the shores of Hudson Bay in the Hudson Plains ecozone.

It is a special park whose access is allowed only through commercial tour operators authorized by Churchill.

Its extension is almost 12,000 km2, unique, It is one of Canada’s wildest and most remote landscapes.
It is the park of the polar bears, here in fact when the ice melts the bears land on the mainland where they wait for the apricots to form again. Here they reproduce and the females remain sheltered in burrows in the peat bog.

A park with unique characteristics and also not for everyone, but which has an immense value for the ecosystem and in particular for the polar bear population. Increasingly threatened by global warming.

Wapusk National Park Polar Bear
Wapusk National Park Polar Bear – Credits: By Ansgar Walk – CC BY-SA 2.5

Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, in the east side of Canada, near the Atlantic ocean.

It is a much quieter park than the previous one and within everyone’s reach.

There are about 100 km of paths that can be done on foot or by bicycle, and in the winter season also on skis.

Fundy National Park’s accommodations are great for campers who want a little extra comfort in the wild.

The fauna present includes mainly moose, black bears and coyotes but also many other smaller mammals.

Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park – Credits: Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash

Torngat Mountains National Park

Torngat Mountains National Park is located on the Labrador Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The park which boasts an extension of almost 10,000 km2 includes the mountainous area north of Quebec, the Labrador Sea.

The park hosts migrations of many Arctic species of animals, which then coexist with more sedentary animals.

The most significant example is the presence of both black and polar bears.

Even the caribus migrate and with them the packs of wolves that follow them. Then we find the inevitable arctic foxes and red foxes and many other animals.

A beautiful and challenging park that gives great satisfaction to mountain and wild nature lovers.

As reported on the official website; “The chance of encountering a Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) or a Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is extremely high in the Torngat Mountains”.


So try to go prepared and well equipped in order to avoid bad adventures, always follow the instructions of the official bodies.

We have made a post on how to prepare a hiking, there are both general and specific suggestions on technique, clothing, physical and mental preparation, try to consult it.

Remember that you are always “guests” of a nature that shows its most beautiful, wild and dangerous features.

Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park – Credits: Di Paul Gierszewski – Pubblic Domain

If you need more informations about Canada National Parks please visit the official website where you can find all the parks and specific contacts.

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