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7 Of Canada’s Most Instagram-Worthy National Parks

P.S. Admission is free in 2017!

We love a good birthday party. So, naturally, over the past year we’ve been celebrating the heck out of our National Parks in recognition of their 100th birthday. From the grandiose sequoias in northern California to the majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona, let’s just say we can only hope to look as stunning as they are when we’re centenarians!

But with the 100-year party winding down here in the states, Canada’s park system is like, “We see you, neighbor, and we raise you this…” Canada is turning 150 this year. To celebrate its big birthday, the country is granting free admission to its parks. In all, Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, one national urban park and eight historic canals.

The 2017 Discovery Pass is your free ticket to the parks. Here’s how you can get your free pass. (P.S. We just gave it a try, signing up with a U.S. address, and it didn’t even charge for shipping, though says it can take eight weeks for the pass to arrive.)

Canada’s parks are filled with glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and bears, oh my! We put on our park ranger hats and scouted out some of Canada’s most Instagram-worthy parks to gather some trip inspiration.

In no particular order, here are eight magnificent national parks in Canada.

1. Mingan Archipelago Natural Park Reserve

Step foot here and it’s like you’re time traveling to a primeval time, with colossal limestone rock formations and more than 1,000 islands and islets. This park is also home to whales and seals.

2. Pacific Rim Forest

Surfers have been flocking to this park since the 1960s, and there are stretches of beach suitable for all levels of wave riders.

Happy #InternationalDayOfForests, probably one of our favourite days of the year!! ? ? ? Did you know one of our parks houses a rainforest? We're not kidding! In Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, you will find an open forest of trees so twisted and stunted they have taken a form of their own, and a mass of plants so thick it's impossible to see the soil beneath it. This luxurious abondance is due to rain, and lots of it, thanks to Pacific Ocean nearby. ?️ Picture by @taylormichaelburk #parkscanada #canada #canada150 #explorecanada #explorebc #intldayofforests #internationaldayofforests #dayofforests #forestday #worldforestday #forest #rainforest #pacificrim #pacificrimnpr #hellobc #bc #conservation #rain #ocean #pacificocean #water

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3. Fundy National Park

You can’t spell Fundy without “fun.” This park has some of the highest tides in the word, and you can walk the sea floor at low tide or kayak in the high tides. There are also stunning waterfalls, camping options that include yurts and even regular musical performances.

4. Kejimkujik National Park

Yeah, you’ll want to stick around until nighttime at this national park that earned itself a “dark sky” designation. Parks with the distinction are known to put on a spectacular star show because they’ve shut out artificial lighting that steals the stars’ spotlight. (Our own National Parks in the U.S. say city dwellers can see 500 stars on a good night. But those with dark sky designations can scout out 15,000 stars.)

5. Torngat Mountains National Park

In the colder months, you can take a boat through the fjords, spotting icebergs and whales. In the warmer months, hike to the waterfalls and take a dip in one of this pastoral park’s lakes.

#geologicalengineering#geologicalwondersoftheworld. Torngat Mountains National Park is a Canadian national park, located on the Labrador Peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador. Set in the Torngat Mountains, the name comes from the Inuktitut word Torngait, meaning "place of spirits". An area called Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve was set aside with enactment of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement on December 1, 2005, with the intention of creating a national park. When the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement came into effect on July 10, 2008, the park was officially established, and the National Park Reserve became Torngat Mountains National Park, the first in Labrador. The park covers 9,700 square kilometres (3,700 sq mi), extending from Cape Chidley south to Saglek Fjord. It is the largest national park in Atlantic Canada and the southernmost national park in the Arctic Cordillera. The park protects wildlife (caribou, polar bears, peregrine falcon, and golden eagle among others), while offering wilderness-oriented recreational activities (hiking, scrambling, kayaking).

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6. Yoho National Park

YOLO, so do some yoga in Yoho! On the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this park has the dramatic duo of waterfalls and high peaks.

Span the flow. Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park. ??

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7. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Wildlife lovers, here’s one for the bucket list. This park has it all: bears fishing for wild salmon, bald eagles soaring the sky, and whales and sea lions filling the ocean’s waters.

Morning in Gwaii Haanas National Park, British Columbia.

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8. Forillon National Park

Stroll along the pebble beaches or go snorkeling with the cliffs in the background. You can watch whales from the picnic areas that are strategically scattered throughout the park, too.