Enjoy the beauty of Canada's national parks this Labour Day
Canada has been blessed with millions of acres of beautiful wilderness, from immense mountains, to lush forests, and peaceful crystalline glaciers. Enjoy a day off with nature this Labour Day by visiting one of Canada’s many treasured national parks.
Nahanni National Park Reserve
Located in the Northwest Territories, the Nahanni National Park Reserve is a 413 thousand acre park filled with rivers and waterfalls. The park is a paradise for experienced paddlers with canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips on the South Nahanni, Flat and Little Nahanni Rivers. Some of the sights include four scenic canyons and a waterfall twice the height of Niagara, the Virginia Falls.
You can reach Nahanni National Park Reserve by float plane from Fort Simpson, but be prepared for a long drive from Yellowknife or Edmonton first.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is located on the slopes of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, with its highest peak, Mount Forbes, at 11,850 feet. Banff National Park is also home to the town of Banff, also the highest town in Canada, which houses hundreds of luxurious hotels and restaurants.
With more than a thousand glaciers, pristine lakes, such as Lake Louise, and the largest cave system in Canada, there is no end to the natural wonders of Banff National Park.
Just a short 80 mile hop from Calgary, Banff National Park is in quick reach.
St. Lawrence Islands National Park
With its 24 islands and 129 islets, St. Lawrence Islands National Park is a unique landscape of rivers, marshes and rocky outcroppings that channels a wide variety of wildlife. In its rich history, both fur traders and explorers used these waterways extensively in the late 1600s. Today the park preserves endangered plants and animals, such as the northern map turtle and the pitch pine.
To stop by the park’s Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre, take highway 401 east from Kingston, Ontario and proceed 38 and a half miles towards Cornwall.
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
The more than 24 thousand acres of Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, located in Quebec, host thousands of islands and the great Mingan Archipelago, which stretches along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. From ten million years of geological formation, shifting and erosion, the Mingan Archipelago was formed and now showcases monolithic stone structures that tower over hiking trails.
Many marine birds, such as guillemots, terns and puffins also seek the shelter of the islands.
You can enjoy the natural beauty of this unique park by taking highway 138 east from Sept-Îles, Quebec.
Gros Morne National Park
Located on the west coast of Newfoundland, the Gros Morne National Park is a very popular place for hiking and camping, with more than 60 miles of trails through forests and mountains. The park is the second largest in Atlantic Canada and features the Gros Morne, Newfoundlands’s second tallest mountain peak.
From Newfoundland, take the Trans Canada Highway to Deer Lake and head 20 miles north along the Viking Trail to Wiltondale to visit the Gros Morne National Park.
Start your own wilderness adventure. Enjoy the splendour that Canada has to offer and visit a national park this Labour Day.
National Geographic: Canada National Parks (2011)
Hike Bike Travel: The 10 Most Popular National Parks in Canada (2012)
See Canada: Canada Top National Parks (2015)
Wikipedia: List of National Parks of Canada