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6 National Parks That Are So Much More Than A Park

We’ve written enough about Canada’s National Parks for you to know that they’re set in some incredible locations that offer great opportunities for traditional outdoor pursuits like cycling, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, camping and paddling. But there are more than a few National Parks in Canada that offer something different. Here is our list of Canada’s 6 greatest parks that are so much more than a park.

 

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, British Columbia

Paddling Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Photo: Destination Canada

Gwaii Haanas is the only national protected area in Canada that has great snorkelling, kayaking and totem poles. On top of that, the park reserve is steeped in Haida culture and is protected by Haida Gwaii Watchmen, members of the Haida community who stay at five cultural sites in Gwaii Haanas throughout the summer.

 

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland And Labrador

Staring out over Western Brook Ponds. Photo: Destination Canada

Gros Morne National Park has more than a few claims to fame, such as Western Brook Pond, a dramatic and picturesque fjord and a clashing of continents that allows you to walk upon the Earth’s mantle (The Tablelands).

 

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

Simply Breathtaking! Beyond star gazing, dream among thousands of years and over 12,000 teepee rings as you sleep in an oTENTik, teepee or campsite. Grasslands National Park. Photo: Destination Canada Photo: Ryan Bray

This amazing national park nestled in ranching culture, offers not only unexpected front-country camping in Saskatchewan’s beautiful grasslands, but also for the backcountry lover, the Valley of 1,000 Devils is like no other. Grasslands National Park is also the darkest Dark-Sky Preserve in Canada. All of that and it provides an opportunity to view some of the rarest species in all of Canada.

 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia

Hiking the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Photo: Destination Canada

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has old growth forests, white sand beaches, amazing marine life, and some surf opportunities. But what makes this park unique is the infamous West Coast Trail. A marine trail originally created to save shipwrecked sailors. Complete with cable cars, ladders, ropes, and bridges, this trails is one of the most technical, unique and beautiful on the planet.

 

Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

Woman in traditional regalia in Pukaskwa National Park overlooking beautiful Hattie Cove. Photo: Parks Canada

This National Park located on Lake Superior is a gem in Ontario’s park’s system. The Visitor Centre is open in July and August and it offers programming like embroidery workshops that teach you ti create your own Ojibway floral. Every Friday evening from July 14 to August 25, join the drum social at the Fire Circle.

 

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Bison watching at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, Canada.

Riding Mountain National Park is going to be the second National Park (next to Jasper) to have its own Pride Week. On top of that, the park offers guided hikes, Bison Range tours and paddling on the clearest lake in Manitoba.

 

Check out our Google map for the location of each of the parks we’ve mentioned in this article:

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