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10 national park campgrounds you have to visit for Canada 150—from coast to coast!

Author: CCA Staff Team Date: Jul 12, 2017 Blog, Healthcare, Healthy Aging
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We know the long weekend has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the Canada 150 fun is over. As you may already know, Parks Canada released the Discovery Pass for free entry to all national parks for 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday.

We already know that keeping it green and getting plenty of air and outdoor activity is an important component to overall physical and mental health and well-being. In the spirit of Canada 150, and to help prepare you for a fun-filled summer and Fall of camping (and winter, if you’re brave), here are ten national park campgrounds—from coast to coast—that are must-sees for any happy camper:

 
Yoho National Park
,
British Columbia
Located on the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies, Yoho National Park is adorned with vertical rock walls, waterfalls, and high peaks that draw international visitors throughout the year. This is a great place to visit for hiking and sightseeing.
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Banff National Park, Alberta
Known for its Rocky Mountain peaks, crystal-clear glacial lakes, quaint mountain towns, and abundant wildlife, Banff was Canada’s first national park. Some activities you can do while you’re there are hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.
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Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
You can look forward to the wide-open plains of the prairies on one of the few remaining natural grasslands in North America, Grasslands National Park. You can ride traditional wagons, search for dinosaur bones, watch buffalo roam, or stay to see the sunset over the “land of the living skies” before you camp out for the night below a blanket of stars.
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Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Remote, subarctic, and full of expansive wilderness—these are just a few ways of characterizing Wapusk National Park. It lies along the transition between the boreal forest and the Arctic tundra. This park is home to one of the largest polar bear maternity denning areas in the world and is a sought after destination for those hoping to see Arctic wildlife, including caribou, wolverine, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, and over 200 species of birds.
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Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
Lining the rugged Georgian Bay shoreline, rich with limestone coasts, mixed-wood forests, Cliffside cedars, clear water lakes, and vibrant orchids is Bruce Peninsula National Park. It’s a great place to go hiking, for both front-country walks and multi-day backcountry treks. Visitors can also swim along the shoreline or camp in tents or even in yurts!
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Forillon National Park, Quebec
With sea, cliffs, and forests, there are many different areas to explore in Forillon National Park. Forillon National Park is the site of the only World War II coastal battery that is fully preserved and publicly accessible in Quebec.
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park,
Nova Scotia
With its position along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton Highlands National Park has over one-hundred kilometers of cliffs, coves, and curving beaches, with the Skyline Trail leading to an unforgettable view over the Atlantic. There are 26 hiking trails in the park, as well as opportunities to swim, golf, fish, and camp on the beach or overlooking the ocean.
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Prince Edward Island National Park,
Prince Edward Island
On the North Shore of Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island National Park extends over 65 kilometers of shoreline—including beaches, red sandstone cliffs, and sand dunes. It’s the perfect place to visit for day trips and longer camping trips throughout the summer months. There are also many walking trails and boardwalks to keep you active.
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Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
A unique and marvelous spot to visit, Fundy National Park is known for having the world’s highest tides where visitors can walk the sea floor at low tide. There are island trails you can hike that lead to waterfalls. You can also kayak or camp by tent or by yurt.
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Terra Nova National Park,
Newfoundland and Labrador
As Canada’s most easterly national park, Terra Nova National Park lies in the space where the boreal forest meets the inlets of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the place to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador if you wish to hike, kayak, camp, or canoe.
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There’s so much to discover in each of these parks. These are just a few of Canada’s natural treasures.

When it comes to camping, don’t forget to be prepared and keep your back in mind when lifting, rowing, running, or climbing. That applies to camping in all seasons. While summers make outdoor activities easier, make sure to stay active and keep a healthy lifestyle all year-round.

For more information on what activities are right for you, ask your family chiropractor.

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