National Parks to Visit This Summer

July 4 2019| Happier Camper

National Parks to Visit This Summer

Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

Point Pelee is located at Canada’s most southern point. It is located below the 42nd parallel, which means it is as far south as Rome and Barcelona! Due to its mild southernly climate, it is home to some of Canada’s rarest plants and animals, and is world-renowned for spotting migrating birds. It is also the smallest park in Canada at 46 acres and has beaches on both sides into Lake Erie. You can ride a bike around the whole park in two hours which can make a great Sunday drive from the city.

“My grandparents would take me as a child to Point Pelee to watch the birds, and standing on the southernmost point of Canada was always the best part!” - Sharon, 24

Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff is an awe-inspiring park where the mountains come alive and the water, produced from ancient ice age glaciers, is so blue it makes you think “how can this be real?” It is very easy to get lost and mesmerized by its 360o panoramic views. Camping is abundant and available for all types of campers, from RV’s to backpackers!

“Obviously Banff is like no other. The colour of the water and the mountains take your breath away. But what I really loved was all the Caribou! I have never soon so many!” - Brad, 20

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park is a vast 7,653 km2 of dense forests with thousands of crystal clear lakes and rivers. Canoe down the river and watch the wildlife pass you. It is often referred to as an inspiring park that provides a lot of zen. Algonquin is a short 3 hour drive from our nation’s capital, Ottawa. We would recommend staying a week to experience the full effect of the Park.

“The canoeing in this park is bar none. The beautiful rock formations and spectacular natural waterfalls make this park one of a kind.” - Chris, 29

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland & Labrador

LReferred to as a gem of the Maritimes, Gros Morne National Park is found in Newfoundland and Labrador. Shaped by colliding continents and glaciers, this park offers a diverse landscape of beaches, bogs, forest and breathtaking valleys. It has picturesque hiking trails located at the western shore of the island. Due to its ancient landscape, Gros Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Gros is the most well-preserved national park I have ever had the chance to explore. The locals do an incredible job of maintaining the integrity of the park as well as respecting the wildlife. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.” - Joe, 30

Camping Essentials

1. An LED camping lantern. These can spread light 360o so you can see exactly where you’re stepping or working.

2. Camping chairs: Something comfortable that folds up easily. Make it even better with a chair that can hold a plate or a cold one.

3. Bug spray! Depending on how wet the area you’re in is, mosquitoes, black and horse flies can make your trip unpleasant.

4. Bring a propane fire pit. A propane fire pit can cut back on forest fires and during dry spells campgrounds usually only let you use these self-contained fire pits.

5. Sleeping bag or a thermal blanket. You never know when the weather will change so these are items you should always keep stocked in the car or camper.

6. A first aid kit with flares and a compass.

7. Two-burner camping

stove - butane or propane.

8. A raincoat or jacket.

9. Water shoes.

10. And of course, a smores kit with graham crackers, marshmallows, and fair trade chocolate bars!