Canada’s National Parks

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by paul

Venturing abroad for a vacation is an eye-opening experience. But why travel overseas when there is so much to discover right here at home? Canada has some of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Here is a brief outline of some great places to discover, right here in our own backyard.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Located in Newfoundland, Gros Morne is the second largest park in Atlantic Canada. This park boasts amazing sightlines and pristine wilderness. Gros Morne sits on the west coast of ‘the Rock’ and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch as rivers cut through cliffs and waterfalls spill into freshwater pools.

Forillon National Park, Quebec

Forillion National Park covers an area of 244 squared kilometers. This park is home to numerous varieties of seabirds, whales, seals, moose, and black bears. Located in the Gaspe region of Quebec, Forillon is a popular area for watching whales as they enter at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.

Sable Island, Nova Scotia

Sable Island is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 175 kilometers off the coast of Nova Scotia and has a rich and interesting history. The island is protected under the Canada Shipping Act and due to some unique circumstances, a population of about 400 ‘Sable Island Horses’ roam freely around the island. Early in the island’s history there were numerous shipwrecks which some attribute as being the source of these wild horses. Other more reliable sources claim that they were introduced to the island in the early 1800’s.

Jasper National Park, Alberta

A popular location for skiers, Jasper is located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta about 4 hours from Edmonton and 5.5 hours from Calgary. Jasper boasts an abundance of adventure activities including rock climbing as well as natural beauty such as ice fields, lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs. Be aware of the wildlife because Jasper is home to grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions, and wolves.

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