Auyuittuq National Park
#7 in Best National Parks in Canada
Located within the Arctic Circle is Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s wildest national parks. The park is not easily accessible; you have to fly to remote Iqaluit, Nunavut, (across the Hudson Strait from Quebec province) before taking another plane to one of two Inuit villages, where adventure outfitters guide you through sky-high fjords to get into the park. But once inside, you’ll find breathtaking landscapes composed of granite peaks and glaciated valleys, as well as arctic wildlife, including polar bears and arctic foxes.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
#8 in Best National Parks in Canada
Historians will likely be pleased with a visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Multiple First Nations – such as Nuu-chah-nulth, Tla-o-qui-aht, Tseshaht and Ditidaht – still inhabit and protect the area. Some offer cultural experiences like guided tours to visitors, while others are Beach Keepers (an ancient legacy) available to help travelers navigate and stay safe along the sands. Once visitors have learned all about this British Columbia gem’s cultural significance, they can take time to admire their surroundings (think: cedar groves, rocky outcrops, tide pools and beaches) by hiking one of the park’s many trails.