Best National Parks In Canada

Canada has some incredible geography and there is enough adventure here to last you a lifetime and there is lots of beautiful landscape that you can experience in the national park.  You can experience everything from glaciers to white sandy beaches.  If you are planning a trip into the Canadian wilderness then here are some of the best national parks in Canada.

Jasper National Park

If you want to check out the Rocky Mountains then Jasper is one of the best places to do just that.  It is the largest national park in the Rockies and here you can hike, bike, fish, camp, or boat.  Jasper is also the world’s second largest dark sky preserve you can see the stars here clearly and brightly.  Getting here takes you down one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway.  Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Located on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island you will find Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  One of the biggest attractions here is the Cabot Trail, a long winding road that allows you to take in the incredible scenery.  There are lush forests, coastal cliffs and this is “where the mountains meet the sea”.  Thousands of tourists flock here every year to take in the trail and to hike up the Skyline Trail.  Here is a closer look at the trail.

Kluane National Park

If you are an avid hiker then you need to add this national park to your must visit list.  It is home to 17 of the highest mountains in Canada including Mount Logan.  You can go rafting right beside glaciers or take one of the air tours that go over the icefields.  If you are a hiking/camping enthusiast you will truly love it here.

Fathom Five National Marine Park

Canada borders three oceans and has thousands of miles of coastland so it’s not surprising that there would be at least one marine park you need to visit.  If diving is one of your passions then this is the place you want to be, there are plenty of underwater sites to explore.  Here you will find caves, cliffs and more than 20 different shipwrecks to explore.  If diving is not your thing then give backcountry camping a try on Flowerpot Island, which is only reachable by boat.

These are but a handful of the national parks you can visit across Canada, you could spend a lifetime exploring and still not get through all of them.

For the hikers heading to Florida to do some exploring, there are hundreds of Florida hiking trails for you to hit and explore some of the incredible ecological diversity you can find in the state. From the shoreline to the Everglades here are some of the best hiking trails you can find in the whole state.

1. Blackwater River State Forest

Found in the northern part of the Florida National Scenic near the Alabama border. Hike along Juniper Creek and check out the massive red clay bluffs. The scenery along this trail is probably one of the best in Florida, follow the Blackwater River and the smaller tributaries along the trail.

2. Santa Rosa Island Beach Hike

Sticking in the north, check out Fort Pickens that was built way back in 1834 to protect the Pensacola Bay. This trail will take you along the beach as you go on the Gulf Islands National Seashore, this is the only part of the trail that actually follows the ocean side of the beach. Bring a towel and some sunscreen and stop and have a swim.

3. Torreya State Park

There are two different trails you can try out here, both long enough to take the entire day. First is the Torreya Challenge Loop or the Rock Creek Loop, they are seven and six miles long and both will give you a challenge. Experienced hikers will enjoy these challenging trails and you can see the rare Florida Yeo and the endangered Torreya tree. Don’t forget to see the incredible views of the Apalachicola River.  Here is a closer view of some of the trails.

4. Bulow Plantation Loop

With 12 miles of hiking trails all around the ruins of the old Bulow Plantation, check out this piece of history that was destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole Indian War. You can stroll shaded among some of the oldest oak trees in Florida. Go see the Fairchild Oak, it is one of the largest live oaks in Florida and it is more than 400 years old!

5. Citrus Hiking Loop

Pack a lunch and get ready for a long hike, there are more than 40 miles of trail here for the experienced hiker to explore. Located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, you can do short hikes going from one of the many access points to another. This is a challenging hike with a lot of hills, you will find different habitats to check out along the route.