It’s the beginning of September, and long summer days are coming to an end. But they’re not over yet!  September is a great month to explore Canada’s rugged natural beauty. Why not take advantage of the remaining good weather and explore some of our National Parks? If you are an outdoor enthusiast: a bird watcher, hiker, camper, climber, or animal lover, there’s something for you.

Our National parks make up a country-wide system representing significant natural areas of Canada. They are protected for the public to learn, appreciate and enjoy, and are maintained for future generations.

If you have a few vacation days left, here are a few must see National Parks!

For mountain lovers, there’s Banff National Park, Alberta. Canada’s first ever National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains and spans over 6,641 square kilometers of valleys, mountains, glaciers and more. Banff is a premiere destination for international travellers. Wondering what to do in Banff? There’s plenty! From fishing, boating, skiing and horseback riding, you won’t have to worry about being bored in Banff.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, is located in a World Biosphere Reserve and boasts thousand-year-old cedar trees and the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. It is home to a vast array of habitats from ancient limestone cliffs and caves to dry wet plains and swampy wetlands. One of the park’s claims to fame is the abundance of orchids—forty three different kinds can be found there!

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Bruce Peninsula, Photo by Rebecca W

Looking for striking ocean scenery? Check out Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the park is all steep cliffs and deep river canyons carved into a forested plateau. Golf, cycle, picnic or host a wedding at this highland treasure.

If you’re a climbing enthusiast or simply looking to explore canyons, hot springs, and bird watch, Nahanni National Park Reserve, North West Territories, is the place to go. It’s an outstanding example of northern wilderness rivers and alpine tundra. The park has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1978. South Nahanni River has many unique features including the largest known tufa mounds in Canada and Virginia Falls, with a vertical drop twice that of Niagara Falls!

Thinking of camping? Check out Parks Canada’s handy, new Learn to Camp app. It’s free and along with a list of national parks to camp in, it will help you plan your packing list too!

Happy travels,

Sarah

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