10 pro tips for making the most of Parks Canada places
To have the best time possible during your next visit, here are 10 tips to make the most of Parks Canada places.
With 47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas there is a lot to discover from coast, to coast, to coast. For more information on Parks Canada places and experiences, check out our Plan your visit section. Here you can also find electronic versions of six regional Visitor Guides to assist you in planning for a fantastic trip!
Certain national parks, trails, lookouts and parking lots are always very popular. Here are Ten alternatives to Canada’s most popular national parks. Try out a different trail in one of the less busy national parks or national historic sites! Look here for 10 hidden gems to discover for some really off the beaten path travel ideas.
Spring and fall are both exciting and beautiful seasons to explore Canada’s national parks. Also they are times when it’s easier to find accommodation. Watch life come to bloom or change colours right before your eyes.
For a true Canadian experience, there are many kinds of winter activities available in Parks Canada places. From cozy horse-drawn sleigh rides to skating on the world’s longest skating rink, you won’t even notice the cold as you warm up to winter.
Avoid the weekend rush, especially long weekends, and travel during the week when the crowds are quieter. Enjoy a picnic around a scenic lake and listen to the natural world around you.
To get a more exclusive experience, take in a special program such as a guided tour and listen to thrilling stories. Families and young adults alike will find something that will surely surprise and delight them. Treat yourself to something special.
Once you’ve settled in your destination, get up and out early in the day. The birds are most active and the lighting makes for fabulous photos. It can feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
Many animals avoid the midday sun and can be seen travelling at dusk. There is a greater chance of seeing beavers, bears and moose at these times. Please remember to give all wildlife plenty of room to travel freely; Canada’s national parks are their homes.
Many Parks Canada places are designated as Dark-Sky Preserves. Enjoy the night skies at any time of year. Don’t forget to make a wish under those brilliant stars.