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Your Ultimate Guide to the Canadian Outdoors
Parks Canada has been waiving admission fees to national parks since the start of 2017, but many Canadians don’t know how to take advantage of this unprecedented gift. Until now, there was no comprehensive list on how to enjoy Canada’s favorite national parks, and the culture and adventure-filled areas around them, to the fullest.
As Canadians, we know our country’s infinite beauty better than anyone else, and that’s why we set out to create the ultimate guide to exploring Canada’s best assets — its national parks. While you may find articles solely outlining things to do within the parks, our unrivaled list of cozy accommodation options, mouthwatering meals and memorable outdoor adventures help you experience the areas around Canada’s national parks as much as the parks themselves. Just in time for summer, we guarantee this guide will help you celebrate Canada 150, and our country’s best outdoor epicenters, to the fullest in 2017.
Terra Nova National Park
Terra Nova National Park is the most eastern national park in Canada, and although it’s not one of the most famous, it’s one of the most magical. Visitors can explore the park via land or sea and spend entire nights outdoors under some of the world’s starriest skies.
Things to Do in or Around the Park:
Paddle the Coastline
Adventurers can explore Terra Nova’s rugged coastline via kayak or canoe while ducking into sheltered coves, looking up at towering cliffs, and snapping photos of icebergs and whales. And there’s simply no better way to find the perfect campsite amongst the cool waters and under starry skies.
Hike the Trails
Terra Nova National Park is home to 80 kilometres of hiking trails that are begging to be explored. Adventurers can hike granite hills, conquer steep summits, cruise along the coastline, or stroll among towering trees and wildlife in the forests. Terra Nova is an ideal park for those who want to enjoy a variety of hikes on their spring or summer getaways
O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours
Only a 2.5 hour drive from Terra Nova National Park you can find O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours. They have been voted best boat tour by Newfoundlanders, offering Award Winning Boat Tours for over 30 years. Sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to view 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins, watch the largest population of Humpback Whales in their natural environment and sail past 10,000-year-old icebergs. Explore the rugged coastline, named Top Coastal Destination in the World by National Geographic.
Places to Stay in or Around the Park:
Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge
Trinity is a prime destination for the viewing of 22 species of whales and marine wildlife in a pristine setting of seascapes, island archipelagos with bird colonies and many varied type of seabirds. Eagles congregate here to raise their young. With such a bountiful feast from the ocean Murres, Turres, Gannets, Puffins, Guillemots, and other bird species congregate to raise their young. Be amazed with schools of Porpoises and Dolphins that pop by from time to time as well as the occasional visit by Orcas.
Gros Morne National Park
Whether you’re in search of pristine beaches, alpine hikes, dramatic fjords or the opportunity to snap photos of caribou and moose, Gros Morne National Park offers all of the makings of a life-changing adventure. Don’t forget to view the park’s panoramic views from the summit of Gros Morne Mountain.
Things to Do in or Around the Park:
Blackawton Boat Tours
On Blackawton Boat Tours’ Historic Tour from Norris Point, you can sit and chat with the company’s Tour Guides (a.k.a. owners Greg and Tanya Osmond) and learn about the history of early settlement in Gros Morne National Park, experience the cultural history of its people, explore the unique geology of the Tablelands and Bonne Bay from the water, and view the whales, dolphins, bald eagles and other wildlife that the area has to offer. Be careful, Greg’s family has lived there for more than 200 years, and he has a lot of stories that he will try to tell you (ask him about the story of the British Royal Family’s illegitimate connection to the area).
Cruise the Freshwater Fjord
Visitors to Gros Morne National Park can take this easy walk past natural bogs and forest to the dock for a scenic boat trip up Western Brook Pond, cruising the base of majestic cliff walls where waterfalls flow, to the end of the pristine freshwater fjord.
Hike Gros Morne Mountain
Gros Morne is the second tallest peak on Newfoundland, surpassed only by Lewis Hill. Gros Morne means “big lonely mountain,” and because it is often capped by clouds or cloaked in fog, the mountain always seems to exemplify its name. In September 1976, the trail to the top was named for former British Prime Minister James Callaghan to honor his conservation efforts.
Places to Dine in or Around the Park:
Taste of Gros Morne
Taste of Gros Morne is a company that promotes locally sourced food and some of the best restaurant operators situated in Gros Morne National Park. Taste of Gros Morne offers three different progressive food tour experiences that highlight not only the local food and traditions of Rural Newfoundland but also, the beauty and natural wonders that caused Gros Morne National Park to be established here in the first place. You can enjoy a western NL experience in Gros Morne National Park during a high-end experience on the “Finer Things Food Tour”, a rustic and culturally beautiful experience on our “Seaside Food Tour” in Woody Point or, while taking in the amazing vistas on the walking “Off the Eaten Track” food tour in Norris Point.
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