I'm pretty obsessed with Canada's parks. And for someone who's actively scoping out interesting / remote spots for the past 4 years, I'm somehow STILL finding hidden gems. It continues to blow my mind. Here are some of my favourite finds. I've taken the liberty to add a bonus non-national park, but too good to not share find at the end.
Auyuittuq National Park
📍Nunavut, Canada // photo by Cartur Stanisz
This park on Baffin island has all the arctic terrain, little vegetation, and scarce wildlife. It's got Canada's greatest vertical drop. And if you're really looking for a challenge, look into the Akshayuk Pass – all 98km of it.
Torngat Mountains National Park
📍Newfoundland and Labrador
NFLD is my favourite. It doesn't even make any sense, it seems like the fjords you'd expect to find in Norway. Labrador is just a little difficult to get to, but it's got the tallest peaks in eastern Canada, and precambrian (earliest part of earth's history) metamorphic rock. These are some of the oldest rocks on earth, going back 3.6 - 3.9 billion years.
Kluane National Park and Reserve
📍Yukon, Canada // photo by paul_yxy
I learned about Kluane while chatting with someone a tech conference. She's a park ranger there, and it seems like Kluane's got it all... great trails, great views, all the activities you can think. Travel Yukon describes it as home to the largest non-polar icefields in the world, and 17 of Canada’s 20 tallest mountains—including Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada.
Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada
📍Northwest Territories, Canada // photo by natgeo
There are no public roads in Nahanni National Park Reserve, visitors must access the park via air or hike in. It seems to be a paddler's paradise with days and days of river trips. As I was writing this, I just found out that this place also has these incredible rock pools you'd never imagine seeing here.
Vuntut National Park
📍Yukon, Canada // photo by Chris Kyrzyk
Canada's least visited national park, and there's a good reason for it. NatGeo says:
it's a destination for experienced, self-sufficient adventurersFewer than 25 people visit the park each year (not including locals); it’s complete wilderness that is difficult and expensive to access. There are no facilities or services to assist visitors—in short, you’re left mostly to your own devices if you plan a visit to the park. Those who make the effort, though, will encounter a wilderness adventure unlike any other, in a place pristine and unspoiled.
Read up on their full post if you're intrigued.
Pingualuit National Park
📍Quebec, Canada // photo by Isabelle Dubois
The Inuit call the area pingualuit, which means “pimple.” This young crater's lake has a lot of 'one of the only' titles: one of the purest forms of fresh water, and one of the clearest lakes in the world, and finally one of the deepest lakes in North America. It collects water only through rain and snow, there are no inlets or visible outlets, and it only has one type of fish – the arctic char.
And lastly, one non-national park bonus because I couldn't resist it. I mean look at those peaks!
Tombstone Territorial Park
📍Yukon, Canada // photo by John D'Onofrio
Tombstone Territorial Park is one of North America’s newest wilderness areas. Adventure NW magazine has called it “Canada’s Patagonia for the soaring monoliths that rise from the northern tundra." I'm totally into it.