Canada has a wide range of natural beauty. The vast country offers a diverse landscape full of history and jaw dropping experiences. Being the second largest country in the world (9.985M Square/KM), it can be tough to choose the best areas to explore.
Before we get into our recommendations for the 10 best places to discover in 2017, follow these tips when planning your trip:
Plan ahead: Offering 47 national parks, 171 historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas, your head may start to spin if you leave it to the last minute. Book campsites, hotels and tours early to ensure you don’t miss out.
Get to new places: There are many popular parks, trails and lookouts. Try getting off the grid and exploring a place less ventured.
Travel during shoulder seasons: Spring and fall are easy times to find accommodation – Not to mention, they are amazing seasons. Enjoy fascinating colours or watch life sprout and grow in front of your eyes.
Pack the right clothing: We all know proper clothing will make certain activities more enjoyable. Ensuring you have the right gear for every weather scenario will make your trip one to remember. Need to purchase some gear? Shop Northern Layer.
Mid-week travel: Get out from the weekend rush and try a relaxing mid-week adventure.
Get up early: Once you’ve settled in, get up early to start your days. The lighting makes for Instagram worthy photos and if you’re a bird lover – this is when they are most active. If you don’t get up, they may even wake you up.
Guided tours: Sometimes it can be hard to justify guided tours if you can do it yourself. Canada has so much history and exploring the country while learning how everything came to be, can open your eyes to appreciate what the country offers.
Now that you’ve got a good idea of the planning process, let’s get into the top 10 places to explore in 2017.
Nahanni National Park: Located in the Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories, the central point of this park is the Nahanni River. Offering an adventurous wilderness experience, be sure to higher a guide to take you through the rapids, canyons, sulphur hot springs and alpine tundra.
Mount Robson Provincial Park: Located in the Canadian Rockies, neighbouring Jasper National Park this is one of BC’s hidden gems. This park is guarded by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Torngat Mountains National Park: Located on the Labrador Peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland &and Labrador. The word Torngait, means “Place of Spirits” in the Inuktitut language. Home to the Inuit for thousands of years, the park has spectacular mountains filled with wilderness. Everything from Polar Bears to Seals, this park is sure to provide a one of a kind adventure.
Banff National Park: Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park was Canada’s first National Park and the worlds third. 6,641 Sq./KM of mountains, valleys, glaciers, lakes and trails, it’s known as a premier destination spot around the world.
Jasper National Park: Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. It holds pristine, untouched wilderness and hosts the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. Ride or hike the trails in the summer and pull out your skis or board for the winter months.
Kluane National Park: Located in the SW Yukon, this park is home to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan (5,959 Meters) and largest ice field. A diverse grizzly bear population calls this area home, so if you decide on Kluane National Park, remember to bring your bear spray.
Auyuittuq National Park: Located on Baffin Island in the Cumberland Peninsula and Qikiqtaaluk region in Nunavut. This park covers 19,089 Sq./KM of jagged mountain peaks and sparkling glaciers overlook tundra valleys and fjords. A true arctic experience.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia the Cape Breton Highlands National Park boasts an enchanting coast. From mountains to marine life, lush forests cover the area with river canyons and an abundance of wildlife
Gros Morne National Park: Located on the west coast of Newfoundland, it boasts the title of being the second largest park in Atlantic Canada. Fjords and rolling mountains tower above an amazing panoramic view of cliffs, beaches and forest. Exploring the Western Brook Pond is a must!
Ivvavik National Park: Located in the Northern part of the Yukon, you’ll need a bush plane to discover one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Explore the culture, breathtaking mountains and wilderness the remote area has to offer. Don’t forget about the summers, midnight sun, where daylight is almost 24 hours a day.
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