Exploring Canada’s Parks .

If you haven’t already heard, it was recently announced that in honour of our beautiful country’s 150th birthday, the Government is offering free admission to over 200 national parks and historic sites across the nation. What better excuse to get outside and explore all that Canada has to offer!

It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the beauty in our very own backyard and connect with nature, while spending quality time with friends and family.

We breakdown our picks for the Top 5 national parks to visit this year:

1. Thousand Islands National Park 

Just west of Kingston, Ontario, travel to picturesque Thousand Islands National Park. A popular choice for boaters and paddlers as the park’s campsites are located on the 12 islands located within the Saint Lawrence River. For beginner campers who enjoy more living space, the park now offers various waterfront oTENTik accommodations that sleep up to six people. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, it’s a relaxing, easier way to experience camping!

2. Fundy National Park


The Bay of Fundy is what really attracts campers to New Brunswick’s first national park. Listed as one of the 7 wonders of North America, experience the world’s highest tides, the ocean floor at low tide and endless activities like whale watching. It’s one of the few national parks where yurt rentals are available, a unique camping option for those who hate sleeping in a tent. A true Maritime treasure you must visit.

3. Bruce Peninsula National Park

Talk about the views! Roughly a 4-hour drive from the GTA, discover the turquoise waters of beautiful Georgian Bay set against dramatic cliffs that straddle the Niagara Escarpment. A particular gem that is attracting visitors each year is Flower Pot Island. Accessible only by boat, venture off to one of Canada’s most fascinating natural attractions just 6.5 kilometres from the park. With plenty of island activities including hiking, you will understand all the hype.  

4. Banff National Park


As Canada’s first national park, Banff has made quite a name for itself as one of the world’s premier destination spots in Alberta. Lake Louise in particular stands out as a site to hike and spend lots of time exploring during your visit. Known for its pristine jaw-dropping views of jagged snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and dense coniferous forests, it’s impossible to fully describe its beauty. Not to mention the park is home to six world-class resorts that offer a day of pampering at the hot springs to a round of golf in the heart of the Rockies. The real lavish alternative to camping, it’s time to treat yourself!  

5. Auyuittuq National Park


For those adventurous enough to travel to the real great North, Auyiuttuq is the national park for you. Travel off the beaten path while exploring Canada’s only park north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut. Named after the Inuktitut word meaning “land that never melts”, its name holds true. The park covers 19,089 sq. km of wildlife that is mostly untouched by humans, where wildflowers, seals, polar bears, narwhals, beluga whales and arctic hares thrive. To access the park, visitors must register and undergo a safety orientation with Parks Canada before entering. Think of it as our version of Iceland. Your adventure awaits!  

Make sure to sign up for your Discovery Pass today.

Important information:

·      Valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park

·      Activities such as tours or parking that normally carry a separate fee may not be covered by the Discovery Pass

·      Camping fees are not included with the Discovery Pass