Dream Destinations

6 must-see adventure parks across Canada

We’re so lucky to live surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery on the planet. And it’s easy to explore — all you need is a pair of sturdy shoes and you’re good to go.
By Lora Grady and Dominique Lamberton
6 must-see adventure parks across Canada

Photo, Parks Canada.

National parks

Gwaii Haanas, B.C.

It feels like remote Gwaii Haanas (“islands of beauty”) is devoid of all things man-made: roads, stores and cell reception included. The population of the protected islands is still one third Haida, and their rich cultural history remains an integral part of this park. Don’t miss: The 42-foot totem pole that stands in Windy Bay and the restorative hot springs. The sea is part of the experience too, so book a kayak tour, and maybe you’ll spot a humpback whale.

Gwaii Haanas islands British Columbia Canada national parkTourist Deanna Del Vecchio offshore of Hotspring Island. Photo, Parks Canada.

La Mauricie, Que.

Enjoy a weekend in the heart of the picturesque Laurentian Mountains. Book a fly-fishing adventure with a pro or explore the lakes on your own. There are also a multitude of trails to choose from, some equipped with telescopes through which to enjoy the spectacular views. Don’t miss: Rent a traditional birchbark rabaska canoe. If you paddle out at sunset, you’ll see the wildlife around Wapizagonke Lake.

La-Mauricie-Quebec-Laurentian-Mountains-Canada-national-parkPhoto, Parks Canada/Michel Julien.

Prince Albert, Sask.

Spread across almost 4,000 square km of dense forest dotted with gorgeous lakes, this park was home to famous conservationist Grey Owl. At the heart of it is the vibrant town of Waskesiu, where you’ll find a happening beach, ice cream stands and even a cinema! Don’t miss: The Nature Centre. Check out the family-friendly interactive exhibits, then borrow a nature kit and head outdoors for some hands-on learning.

Prince-Albert-Saskatchewan-lake-Canada-national-parkMain Beach, Waskesiuu Lake, Prince Albert National Park. Photo, Parks Canada/ Kevin Hogarth.

Bruce Peninsula, Ont.

At the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, this park stuns with its caves and rugged cliffs that jut out over the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. No car? Hop aboard the Parkbus, a service that connects Ottawa and Toronto to Ontario’s parks. Don’t miss: Camping on Flowerpot Island in the Fathom Five National Marine Park — home to 22 shipwrecks and an underwater waterfall. You can even reserve a fully equipped campsite (tent included!).

Bruce Peninsula Ontario cliffs Georgian Bay Niagara Escarpment Canada national parkPhoto, Parks Canada.

Jasper, Alta.

While Banff is often touted as the national park of the Rockies, Jasper is actually the largest of the Rocky Mountain parks. Soaring peaks and over 1,200 km of hiking trails await. Take the Icefields Parkway to get there; it’s one of the most scenic drives in the world. Don’t miss: The brand new Glacier Skywalk — a glass-floor observation deck that extends 30 m out and hovers 280 m above the sprawling glacier-formed Sunwapta Valley.

Jasper Alberta Rocky Mountain Canada national parkThe Glacier Skywalk.

Fundy, N.B.

At the home of the world’s highest tides you can watch the fishing boats come and go or venture inland to explore verdant forests and deep stream valleys. There’s tons to do, from a weekly outdoor concert series and learn-to-camp workshop to relaxing in the heated Bay of Fundy saltwater pool. Stylish, fully equipped yurts are also available to rent. Don’t miss: The Fundy Star Party. The park is a Dark-Sky Preserve, making it one of the best places in Canada to stargaze.

Fundy New Brunswick forest Canada national parkVisitors walk on a trail in the forest near the Bay of Fundy. Photo, Parks Canada/Dean Casavechia.


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