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Canadian National Parks

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The national parks of Canada preserve beautiful and important areas of the country, located in each of the nation's 13 provinces and territories. Just like the parks of America, Canadian National Parks create a system of protected, natural lands of the country for generations to enjoy. Here, provinces have been organized geographically to help you find all the information you need to plan your Canadian national park trip!
  1. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
  2. British Columbia
  3. Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador
  4. Nanavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon
  5. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

These three provinces are known as the Prairie provinces, as they are mostly covered by prairie - a particular grassland found in Canada and parts of the U.S. Visitors to parks in this area can view tallgrass prairie, mixed prairie, and fescue prairie as true prairies occur only in the southern lands of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Learn more about this special area and the parks that protect it.

British Columbia

Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Well known for its natural beauty, British Columbia is the westernmost of Canadian provinces. The area boasts 141 ecological reserves, 35 provincial marine parks, 7 provincial heritage sites, 6 national historic sites, 4 national parks and 3 national park reserves. Learn about them now and good luck trying to figure out which one to visit first!

Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, Canada

From polar tundra and ice age terrain to the American Revolutionary War, this eastern region of Canada has much to discover. Learn about first European settlers or take a hike in the Appalachian Mountains; Whatever you do, you will enjoy it. The area is rich in beauty and history so don't wait to visit!

Nanavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon

Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island

These three territories are unlike the provinces as territories only have powers delegated to them by the federal government. Luckily the government has helped protect stunning coniferous forests, the Yukon River, and beautiful islands located in the region. Explore trails, spot wild animals, and find out what these territories have to offer.

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Hopewell rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

The maritime provinces offer islands of lush landscape while New Brunswick is over 80 percent forested. The eastern coast of Canada is more than beautiful waters and relaxing island getaways. Visitors can explore sand dunes, lagoons, barrier islands, hiking and biking trails, and tons of wildlife. Learn more about the parks in this region and get out your swim trunks!

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