Canadian national parks listing

Explore this diverse country with our guide to some of the top parks across Canada

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Whether you’re planning to voyage across the country or just take a day trip, Canada boasts over 40 national parks that range from lowland to the top of the world. We’ve featured 25 not-to-be-missed parks along the way, as well as some of the natural highlights from each.

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British Columbia

Glacier National Park of Canada
  • old-growth cedar rain forest
  • glaciers
  • wildlife to watch for: mountain caribou, mountain goat and grizzly bear

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Kootenay National Park of Canada
  • the famous Radium Hot Springs

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Alberta

Banff National Park of Canada
  • established in 1885, Canada’s first national park
  • “Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains,” says Parks Canada

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Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada
  • one of the largest national parks in the world; to put it in perspective, it’s larger than Switzerland
  • this park’s original mission was to protect the remaining bison in northern Canada

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Saskatchewan

Grasslands National Park of Canada
  • watch out for: dinosaur fossils

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Prince Albert National Park
  • wildlife to watch out for: white pelicans and free ranging bison

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Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park of Canada
  • visit the Agassiz Tower for a panoramic view of the Prairies

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Wapusk National Park of Canada
  • interesting fact: Wapusk means “white bear” in Cree
  • wildlife to watch out for: one of the biggest polar bear denning areas in the world

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Ontario

Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada
  • the largest remaining chunk of natural habitat in southern Ontario

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Pukaskwa National Park of Canada
  • located along the Lake Superior shoreline
  • interesting fact: it’s the only wilderness national park in Ontario

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Québec

La Mauricie National Park of Canada
  • sun yourself at low tide beside gentle rapids, or cool off in one of the many pools at the base
  • perfect for canoe and portage activities

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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • 40 limestone islands and more than 1000 granitic islets and reefs worn away by the sea
  • wildlife to watch for: seals, dolphins and whales

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New Brunswick

Fundy National Park of Canada
  • Interesting fact: this park has the world’s highest tides

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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada
  • 25 kilometres of shifting sand dunes
  • one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada

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Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada
  • check out the stunning cliffs along the Cabot Trail

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Kejimkujik National Park of Canada
  • great for canoeing and portaging

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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada
  • home of Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Terra Nova National Park of Canada
  • check out this diverse province from rugged cliffs to sheltered inlets

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Gros Morne National Park of Canada
  • camp by the sea
  • don’t miss the sandy beaches and waterfalls

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Yukon

Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada
  • home of Canada’s highest peak

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Ivvavik National Park of Canada
  • calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd
  • interesting fact: Ivvavik means “a place for giving birth, a nursery”

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Northwest Territories

Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada
  • don’t miss Virginia Falls and the sulphur hot springs

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Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada
  • wildlife to watch out for: Bluenose West caribou herd, wolves, grizzly bears, muskoxen, arctic char, and a high density of raptors

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Nunavut

Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada
  • the stone here can be used carve pots and oil lamps

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Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada
  • the most remote, and northerly lands in North America.
  • some call it “the top of the world”

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