The Canadian system of national and provincial parks provides a unique view of the magnificence of the country. There are 44 national parks across Canada and hundreds of provincial parks.
Canadian national and provincial parks preserve representative natural areas of Canada and protect their ecological integrity for future generations.
Canadian parks also offer visitors a wide range of places for relaxation, recreation and reflection.
The Canadian federal government agency responsible for administering the national parks in Canada is Parks Canada. Parks Canada also manages Canadian conservation areas and historic sites. The Parks Canada agency does a good job of providing visitor information on each of the national parks across the country, including how to get there, where to stay, fees, facilities, activities, and contact information.
Parks Canada provides a
- Campground Reservation Service - online or by phone
- Learn to Camp Program - Web or mobile app, and
- National or Single Location Passes
Great Canadian Parks
Great Canadian Parks also has information on the wildlife and history of the national parks in Canada. This site provides a weather forecast for each national park and advice on what to bring for a seven-day trip to the park. The video clips are from the documentary television series Great Canadian Parks.
Canadian Parks Management
If you are interested in park management, the Parks Canada site has some interesting documents in its library. They include:
- Parks Canada Public Safety Program - methods used by Parks Canada to deal with the wide variety of safety issues that arise in the vast territory and differing terrains of the national parks system.
- Keeping the Wild in Wildlife - protecting the wildlife and yourself in Canadian national parks. Includes information on bears, elk, and safety tips for backcountry travel.
- Species at Risk - the role of Parks Canada in the preservation and protection of speices at risk.