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As the second largest country in the world, Canada offers a wide range of nature to explore across its massive 9.985 million kmĀ² of land and coastline width of 9,306 km (5,780 miles).

Today in Canada there are 38 national parks, 10 national park reserves, and one national urban park, covering an area of approximately 328,198 km2 (126,718 sq mi) or about 3.3% of the total land area of the country.

If you’re planning to visit Canada for ecotourism then the best national parks tend to be in Western Canada in British Columbia, Alberta and to the north in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Here is an overview of the national park system of Canada:

Map of Canada's National Park System

What Is Adventure Ecotourism?

Imagine unplugging entirely from civilization and venturing deep into the wilderness with only a backpack, food, water and the necessary supplies.

Few people in the modern world ever get a chance to experience the wilderness anymore beyond the road and glowing lights of civilization.

Through adventure ecotourism, you can reconnect with natural world, witness animals in the natural habitat, lie and mindfully stargaze at the entire Milky Way Galaxy without any light pollution and hit the reset button on your stresses.

Canada’s national park system offers some of the most accessible and beautiful wilderness areas in the world for adventure ecotourism.

The Best National Parks In Canada

While it’s difficult to choose the best national parks in Canada because there are just so many awe-inspiring national park reserves, I’ve done my best to narrow them down to the most spectacular.

If you want to add some amazing places to your bucket list, here are some of the must-visit national parks of Canada.

1. Banff National Park

The surreal waters of Morraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks is one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

2. Jasper National Park

 The iconic Spirit Island at the southern end of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is a pilgrimage spot of nature photographers.
The iconic Spirit Island at the southern end of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is a pilgrimage spot of nature photographers.

3. Pacific Rim National Park

The view from Cox Bay on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park looking toward the village of Tofino and the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The view from Cox Bay on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park looking toward the village of Tofino and the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

4. Kluane National Park

A majestic glacial-capped peak in Kluane National Park in Canada’s northern Yukon Territory.

5. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The famous Cabot trail winding through the hills of the Cape Breton Highland National Park is particularly spectacular during the colourful fall season.
The famous Cabot trail winding through the hills of the Cape Breton Highland National Park is particularly spectacular during the colourful fall season.

6. Nahanni National Park

The Helipad at Virginia Fall campground in Nahanni National Park Reserve
The Helipad at Virginia Fall campground in Nahanni National Park Reserve, home to the Nahanni River Canyon, often referred to as the Grand Canyon on the North.

7. Waterton Lakes National Park

The historic and cozy looking Prince of Wales Hotel stands on a bluff overlooking Upper Waterton Lake.
The historic and cozy looking Prince of Wales Hotel stands on a bluff overlooking Upper Waterton Lake.

While spread out across a massive territory, Canada’s national park system offers some of the best opportunities for ecotourism in the world where you can unplug and immerse yourself in the wilderness.

Kyle Pearce

Kyle is a learning experience designer and experienced naturalist who leads educational retreats and group storytelling adventures around the world through Awecology.

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