With cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, some may be drawn to Canada to experience the country’s unique urban centres. But, with all that said, Canada is a heavy hitter when it comes to exceptional outdoor attractions. Between two oceans, a mountain range, and some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces imaginable, the country has a lot to work with when it comes to putting together parks that can be a huge draw.
To put together a list of some of the Great White North’s best outdoor spaces I spoke with JustFly, an online travel company. They gave me a list of their three favourite parks in Canada starting with one that features one of the most unique water systems in the world.
Fundy National Park – New Brunswick
Fundy National Park has the usual bells and whistles of most Canadian parks. Extensive trails, beautiful surroundings, and tons of wildlife on the prowl. What separates this park from the others is the Bay Of Fundy. This bay has the highest tidal range in the world, with areas of the park opening up and closing daily due to the violent tidal shifts. Tides can shift as much as 16.3 metres daily, which is an incredible sight to see.
Banff National Park – Alberta
Considered Canada’s most beautiful park, Banff National Park is a gem. Featuring tranquil forests, massive mountains, crystal clear lakes, and hulking glaciers, the park is highlighted by Lake Louise. This extremely photogenic area is home to Moraine Lake, one of the most visited lakes in the world and formerly pictured on Canada’s twenty dollar bill. Another highlight is Icefields Parkway, a scenic route which gives you a great look at roughly 100 glaciers.
Dinosaur Provincial Park – Alberta
My personal favourite on the list, it comes as no surprise that this prehistoric park was included in JustFly’s review. Located in Alberta, Dinosaur Provincial Park is the only non-National park on JustFly’s list. The park itself is fossil central, sitting on some of the most fertile grounds in the world for uncovering prehistoric bones. Located near The Royal Tyrrell Museum, visitors can explore the dinosaur badlands and then check out some of the best finds at the nearby museum. A great park for children with a keen interest in dinosaurs, Dinosaur Provincial Park is a must-see!