New adventures and opportunities in 2019!
There are so many exciting new things for you and your family to experience this year at our National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas. From all-new accommodations to cool new tech and brand-new fun activities. Start making plans for your 2019 adventures today!
Web and mobile
New to camping? Let your smartphone show you how. The content from the Learn-to Camp app can now be found in the Parks Canada National app! Learn what you’ll need to pack, how to light a campfire, safety tips, wildlife know-how and even some of our favourite recipes for delicious campfire cuisine.
Good news for those visiting Rouge National Urban Park! As part of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, the Rouge app is now available in Simplified Chinese, in addition to English and French. The app will turn your phone into a virtual tour guide using GPS and an interactive map, allowing you to explore the park’s rich history, forests and trails like never before.
We’ve collected 60 of the best hikes from coast to coast to coast to inspire you to head out and enjoy the magic of nature. Be one of the few to experience the top of the world, watch out for hoo doos and quicksand on your way to the Valley of 1,000 Devils, stroll along the boardwalk over the barrier island dunes, or take in incredible views on a mountain-top trail displaying First Nations art. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Camping and accomodation
They’re the first oTENTik accommodations in the Yukon and North of the 60th parallel, and now they’re also reservable on the Parks Canada Reservation Service. Come enjoy the cozy comforts of an oTENTik in Kluane National Park and Reserve. Make a reservation now, these home-away-from-homes are sure to go fast!
Imagine waking up surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains… Now there are even more ways to make that dream a reality as we’ve opened up reservations earlier for the Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay backcountry campgrounds. We also recently added five frontcountry campgrounds to the online reservation service.
For the first time you’ll be able to reserve camping in the Icefields Parkway – at Rampart Creek Campground just 11 km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing – through the reservation service.
What are you waiting for? Start planning (and reserving) your Rocky Mountains camping adventure now!
Yoho National Park now has two campsites on the reservation service. Now there are more opportunities to grab your spot in one of our most popular sites.
Kicking Horse Campground is Yoho’s main site and this spring it will be sprucing it up with a new shower building and playground.
Just off the highway, Monarch is a small loop campground that’s close to Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake.
If you like planning ahead, you’ll love that there are two more campgrounds in Kootenay National Park offered through the reservation service. You can make a reservation now and know you’ll have the campsite of your dreams ready and waiting.
Marble Canyon Campground and Mcleod Meadows are both tree-shaded, and each site has its own fire pit and picnic table. There is usually a campground host to speak to during the day who also has a radio for emergencies. It’s an easy walk to Dog Lake from here.
One of Canada’s most iconic destinations could also be your new vacation campsite. Fathom Five National Marine Park added six backcountry campsites at Flowerpot Island to the reservation service. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves of Georgia Bay lapping at the beach outside and wake up to a new day exploring the flowerpot rock pillars and caves.
Up for some sweet dreams on the banks of the Rideau Canal in a historic lockmaster or Canalman’s Cottage? Enjoy modern comfort in one of three historic homes for a memorable vacation. Make your summer reservations now!
Activities and experiences
Be one of the few people in the world to experience the wonders of the deep North. Fly over the Mackenzie Delta in the Canadian Arctic and settle into a comfortable base camp in the heart of Ivvavik National Park. Sleep in a furnished prospector tent. Listen to the stories of your Inuvialuit cultural host. Hike across the alpine tundra with your Parks Canada guides to Inspiration Point and Halfway to Heaven, places so beautiful they will take your breath away. Then return to base camp for a hot shower and an Inuvialuit home-cooked meal prepared lovingly just for you.
Come and meet Bar U Ranch National Historic Site’s first Percheron mares in at least half a century. The future is female with our new dynamic duo of Dolly and Daisy who’ll be saddling up to lead wagon rides and tours this season from May 13 to September 30. We’re all looking forward to Dolly and Daisy meeting our visitors and helping make the connection to the story of ranching in Canada.
Bonjour! Make a fun and educational rendez-vous with Samuel de Champlain, as he shares stories of his adventures in Acadia. Hear about his voyages of exploration and experiences at Saint Croix Island and Port-Royal. Learn about the delicious “Order of Good Cheer” and how friendship and alliance played an integral part in the relationship between the French and Mi’kmaq.
Pedal assist electric bicycles (e-bikes) are now allowed on designated bike trails at select national parks.
Contact the park you are planning to visit to find out which trails you are allowed to ride.