Canadian National Parks, Provincial Parks
& Scenic Tourist
There are over 42 Canadian National Parks,
Parks, National Park Reserves, National Marine
Conservation Areas, and one Pingo National Landmark
(in Northwest Territories). These national parks of
Canada are located all across its provinces
Apart from the national parks, the National
Park System also includes 157 National
Historic Sites. Both the parks and the historic
sites are operated by Parks
Canada. There are also many Provincial Parks in Canada, but
those are under the management of the provincial or territorial
government in which they are located.
National Parks protect and preserve natural
landscapes and natural phenomena which represent Canada's 39
natural regions. Canadian national parks range from
mountains and plains, to boreal forests and tundra, to lakes and
glaciers, and much more. National parks also protect the habitats,
and ecosystem diversity representing
the natural regions.
These parks are located all across Canada: in the Atlantic, Pacific and
across the interior mountains and plains, Great Lakes, and as
far north and south as Canada goes. Thanks to Parks Canada's
management visitors can
appreciate and enjoy these parks that offer breathtaking scenery and
inspiring natural surroundings. The Canadian national parks are like a
paradise for the human spirit, where it can reconnect with Mother
National parks reveal the natural beginnings of this beautiful country.
If you pay attention, they tell stories of
mountains forming, lakes emerging, rivers running, forests growing,
glaciers moving, grasslands evolving. They even give an account of
human history, from traditional Aboriginal activities, to early
European settlement, to modern use. These Canadian national parks also
reveal ongoing natural
processes, such as floods that replenish the
soil, fires that start a process of renewal, and
that are migrating.
By visiting these parks, people get to connect with nature and with
other people, while they also get to enjoy events that
define Canada. Visitors have the opportunity to paddle down rivers that
flow through canyons that were carved over
thousands of years; they can observe migratory birds as they take a
break from their travels along
traditional migration routes; they can walk through vibrant young
transformed by fire.
All these unforgettable experiences and the immense beauty of these
Canadian national parks are drawing many tourists to Canada every year.
Canadians are pretty proud of Canada's natural beauty, and these
national parks are an
integral part of Canada's identity as they represent the beauty and
variety of this blissful land.
Canada's first national park was Banff
National Park (located in Calgary, Alberta, leading
into British Columbia), which was established in 1885.
Originally it was named Rocky Mountains National Park. The
smallest national park in Canada is
St. Lawrence Islands National Park at 9 sq. km (located in
the Thousand Islands tourist hotspot in eastern Ontario, and part of
the Canadian Shield),
whereas the largest of all Canadian national parks is Wood Buffalo National Park at
44,807 sq. km (located between northwestern Alberta and southern
Northwest Territories border).
In the following pages, I will highlight some of Canada's most popular
national parks and tourist hotspots, as well as a few of Canada's
treasures". Since Banff was the first National Park of Canada, I'll
start with this immensely popular tourist attraction.
Go to the following national parks and tourist hotspots:
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Fundy National Park
Yoho National Park
Grassland National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park
St. Lawrence Islands National Park
Canadian Shield Attractions
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