Canada’s National Parks are protected areas owned by the Government of Canada and preserve Canada’s national heritage. The majority of them are heavily forested areas.
Canada has a stunning range of 48 national parks and many of them have unique rules that must be obeyed.
Much of Canada’s astounding landscapes can be found in the confines of its incredible national parks full of natural wonders. These parks also offer tourists a plethora of activities from extreme sports to recreational opportunities.
The national parks cover more than 328,000 km or about 3,3% of the total land area in Canada. The main focus is on protecting the natural ecosystem of the park. If you haven’t been, here is a list of Canadian National Parks that must be seen.
Aulavik National Park of Canada
Over 12,000 km2 of arctic wilderness on Banks Island.
Auyuittuq National Park of Canada
Baffin Island landscapes containing northern extremity of Canadian Shield.
Banff National Park of Canada
UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s first National Park of Canada (1885).
Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada
Landscapes including the northern end of Niagara Escarpment.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada
Home to Cabot Trail, a land blessed with spectacular cliffs.
Elk Island National Park of Canada
Alberta plains oasis for rare and endangered species.
Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada
The spectacular underwater of the Niagara escarpment in Georgian Bay
Forillon National Park of Canada
The “Jewel of the Gaspé” where land meets the sea.
Fundy National Park of Canada
Atlantic’s sanctuary with the world’s highest tides.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada
Captivating islands representing Lake Huron’s landscape.
Glacier National Park of Canada
British Columbia’s lush interior rainforest and permanent glaciers.
Grasslands National Park of Canada
Saskatchewan’s rare prairie grasses, dinosaur fossils, and badlands.
Gros Morne National Park of Canada
UNESCO World Heritage Site amid Newfoundland’s wild natural beauty.
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada
An exceptional coastal island landscape in the southern Strait of Georgia.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Haïda culture and coastal rainforest on Haida Gwaii.
Ivvavik National Park of Canada
Calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd.
Kejimkujik National Park of Canada
Nova Scotia’s inland of historic canoe routes and portages.
Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada
Yukon’s UNESCO World Heritage Site contains Canada’s highest peak.
Kootenay National Park of Canada
UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the famous Radium Hot Springs.
Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada
Intricate Acadian blend of coastal and inland habitats.
La Mauricie National Park of Canada
Lakes winding through forested hills for canoe and portage activities.
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area of Canada
Showcasing part of the largest freshwater lake in the world, including fish, birds, shipwrecks, geology, plants, and human history.
Akami–Uapishku – KakKasuak – Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve of Canada
Stunning boreal forest, lakes, and rivers protected in the largest federal national park in eastern North America.
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
A string of islands carved out by the sea.
Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada
Rainforest of 1,000-year-old cedars and spectacular mountains.
Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve
Measuring 4,850 square kilometres, Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve adjoins Nahanni National Park Reserve and it touches the Yukon boundary to the West.
Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada
Northwest Territories’ UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada
Pacific Coast Mountains make up this marine and forest environment.
Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Most southern point on Canadian mainland.
Prince Albert National Park of Canada
Protects slice of northern coniferous forest and wildlife.
Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada
A protected area with spectacular coast.
Pukaskwa National Park of Canada
Canadian Shield’s ancient landscape on Superior’s North Shore.
Qausuittuq National Park of Canada
Over 11,000 km2 of wilderness and wildlife to experience in Canada’s western high Arctic.
Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada
Most remote, fragile, rugged and northerly lands in North America.
Riding Mountain National Park of Canada
Protected “island” area in the Manitoba Escarpment.
Rouge National Urban Park
Canada’s first national urban park and home to an amazing combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features.
Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada
A wild and windswept island of sand sits far out in the North Atlantic, its iconic crescent shape emerging from the expanse of the sea. Isolated and remote, Sable Island is one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands.
Sirmilik National Park of Canada
Northern Baffin Island landscape containing Eastern Arctic Lowlands and Lancaster Sound.
Terra Nova National Park of Canada
Remnants of the Eastern Newfoundland Ancient Appalachian Mountains.
Thousand Islands National Park of Canada
Only a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, picturesque granite islands are home to a multitude of rare species not found elsewhere in Canada.
Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada
The spectacular wilderness of this National Park comprises 9,700 km2 of the Northern Labrador Mountains natural region.
Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada
Calving ground for the Bluenose caribou herd.
Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada
The place where there is stone that can be used to carve pots and oil lamps
Vuntut National Park of Canada
Northern Yukon’s unique non-glaciated landscape.
Wapusk National Park of Canada
One of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world.
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada
International Peace Park; where the Rocky Mountains meet the prairie.
Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada
UNESCO World Heritage Site larger than Switzerland.
Yoho National Park of Canada
UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rockies.
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