Monday, December 18

Canada's National Parks

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Since I can remember, I have been going to National Parks.  I have the opportunity to visit many of Canada’s most popular national parks from coast to coast and everywhere in between.  National Parks are places everyone should see and experience.  They comprise of a small portion of land that is left unspoiled.  Visiting one of these parks is the best way to get to know the landscape of an area and become one with nature as it is was intended to be.  In this article, I will tell you about the National Parks in Canada that I have been too and some popular ones that I have not make it to yet.

National Parks are untouched lands put aside for everyone to enjoy and respect.  Because there is no little unspoiled land left to enjoy, these parks are, for the most part, the only way to experience nature at it’s best and experience the land as it once was, in it’s natural state.  I have visited many national parks in Canada and now, starting in the East, I will share with you my knowledge of some of Canada’s best national parks.

GrosMorne National Park

Location:  Western Newfoundland

Cost for day admission: $9.80

Things to do: Boating, fishing, biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, camping and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter

Wildlife: Lynx, lack bear, caribou, arctic hare, moose and marten.

Major point of interest: Gros Morne Mountain

TerraNova National Park

Location: Eastern Newfoundland

Cost for dy Admission: $5.80

Things to do: Biking, boating, camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, diving, fishing, swimming and Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding in winter.

Wildlife: Snowshoe rabbit, red squirrel, lynx, black bear, moose, caribou, pine marten and many species of birds including the puffin.  Wales and other sea life can be seen from shore.

Major point of interest: Whale watching and nature viewing

CapeBreton Highlands National Park

Location: Northern Cape Breton Island, East of mainland Nova Scotia

Cost for day admission: $7.80

Things to do: hiking, swimming, camping, nature viewing, biking, boating.

Wildlife: Coyotes, red fox, deer, moose, black bear, lynx, bald eagle.

Major points of interest: The Cabot Trail, Highland Links golf course, skyline trail.

Prince Edward IslandNational Park

Location: North Shore of Prince Edward Island

Cost for day admission: $7.80

Things to do:  Camping, hiking, fishing and boating and swimming

Wildlife: Red fox, large variety of birds

Major points of interest: Greenwich Peninsula, Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site, sand dunes

Fundy National Park

Location: Southern New Brunswick

Cost for Day admission: $7.80

Things to do: Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, golfing

Points of interest: Highest tides in the world

GrasslandsNational Park

Location:  Saskatchewan

Cost for day admission: $9.80

Things to do: Hiking, camping, backcountry exploration

Wildlife: Bison, antelope, deer, fox

Major points of interest: Prairie lands

BanffNational Park

Location: 80 miles west of Calgary, Alberta

Cost for day admission: $9.80

Things to do: Hiking, boating, camping, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding.

Wildlife: Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, fox, wolf, lynx, cougar, wolverine, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk.

Major points of interest: Rocky Mountains, gondola rides, Cave and Basin National Historic Site.  Lake Louise and Jasper National Park also in the area.

GlacierNational Park

Location: British Columbia

Cost for day admission: $7.80

Things to do: Hiking, caving, mountaineering, camping, wildlife viewing and fishing.

Wildlife: Beaver, muskrat, mountain goat, bear

Major points of interest: Rogers Pass

Pacific RimNational Park of Canada

Location: Western British Columbia

Things to do: Hiking, camping, biking, boating, fishing, whale watching.

Wildlife: Blacktail deer, cougar, marten, mink, wolf, black bear, racoon, bald eagles.

Major points of interest: Rain forest, unique marine life, the town of Tofino.

Of course, this is not a list of all of Canada’s National Parks but it is a list of some of the major ones.  Canada is a vast and beautiful country and there are dozens more parks in every province for visitors and locals alike to enjoy! 

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