Spectacular glaciers and mountainous landscapes, unspoiled wilderness, ancient moss-covered mortuary poles, water that percolates upwards in hot springs, men and women who roped, wrangled and rode their way into cowboy history. The national parks and national historic sites of British Columbia and Alberta are guaranteed to stir your emotions.
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It's time to reclaim that balance in your life and enrich those family bonds. Opportunities abound to have fun and recharge your batteries in our national parks and national historic sites. The choices are endless... All you have to do is pick one!
Visiting the sulphurous thermal waters of Cave & Basin
© Banff Photography
Take the “Discovery Tour” at the birthplace of Banff National Park. Connect with nature and history the very essence of the Park. Join a Parks Canada guide, visit the sulphurous thermal waters, have your photo taken at a traditional railway workers camp, immerse yourself in the story of the founding of one of the greatest conservation movements in the world, Parks Canada!
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Mountain biking in Jasper
© Parks Canada
The Mountains, Your Way!
Jasper's best kept secret is its endless mountain bike trails. Bring your own bike or rent from town and link up to the sunny sands of Lake Annette and the stunning hike up Old Fort Point. Get the chance to see big mountain views AND Bighorn Sheep in the same idyllic setting. Few places this simple offer rewards this big!
Jasper National Park
Staying the night at Fort St. James
© Ruth Lloyd / Black Press
A National Historic Site to Yourself for the Night!
Stay in the luxurious Murray House where the chief factor and his family lived in 1896. Be greeted by friendly Parks Canada staff, enjoy a traditional dinner, from salmon or ribs to stew. Awake to the sound of sheep hooves on the boardwalk or a rooster crow but fear not, freshly brewed coffee, sausages, pancakes and eggs await you in the warm cozy café.
Fort St. James National Historic Site
Soaking in the Hot Springs
© Brenda Falvey
The Locals Know...
Wonder what a “real local" might tell you about an iconic destination? In Banff, they’ll give you this tip: enjoy the soothing waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs during cooler seasons. The pool is serene, quiet; soak your cares away in steamy water. Enjoy sunshine reflecting off snow-tipped mountains or be amidst golden leaves of fall. Take a tip from the locals!
Banff Upper Hot Springs
Participating in living history events
© Gary Woodward
Want something new and different? Be part of Fort Rodd Hill’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of Second World War. Experience Canada’s unique war stories. Participate in living history events. Have fun, bond with your family while learning what it means to be Canadian. Sleep overnight in Canada’s oldest west coast artillery fort.
Fort Rodd National & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites