Written By: by Hilary L
As the second largest country in the world by area with fewer residents than the state of California, the Dominion of Canada offers some of the most magnificent natural vistas and campsites in the world. Here is a quick sample of some of them, located across the country’s ten provinces and three territories. The whole breadth and length of Canada is one of the friendliest and most beautiful in the world. With any luck, a visitor can visit every one of these places:
Banff National Park (Alberta) – One of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, it is renowned for its skiing and for its hot springs, Banff National Park is an outdoorman’s paradise. During the summer, hiking, biking and scrambling are the sports of choice, while the winter months bring all types of activities centered on the mountain setting and the prodigious amounts of snow that fall upon the area.
Goldstream Provincial Park (British Columbia) – If outright camping is more desirable, then bring a recreational vehicle or just a tent and enjoy the natural beauty of this park, nestled within one of the country’s oldest natural growth forests. In addition to the scenery surveyed from the campsite, tourists can also enjoy waterfalls, birds and the annual salmon spawning rite from any the dozens of hiking trails available in the park.
Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland) – Located on the western coast of the easternmost province in Canada, Gros Morne National Park is most notable for its eroded mountain landscape and the ubiquitous presence of moose. These animals, as well as any number of birds and other smaller creatures, will be seen as soon as one steps off the ferryboat that carries any tourist to the island. The park is fairly isolated, so be aware that visitors will mostly be alone with their thoughts and whoever else they bring along on the trip.
Winnepeg Beach (Manitoba) – For those with a passion for the water, Winnepeg Beach is hard to surpass. From just swimming in the lake through windsurfing to parasailing, every sort of water sport is available on the largest lake in southern Canada. The lake is also justifiably famous for remote sandy beaches, large limestone cliffs and its many bat caves. Don’t miss this one of a kind campsite centrally located in the middle of the country.
Bruce Peninsula (Ontario) – Jutting out into the Georgian Bay just to the east of Lake Huron, this peninsula is home to one of the largest populations of black bears – and other fauna – in the whole of Canada. In addition to nature walks, other activities on the Bruce Peninsula include star watching, cliff climbing and cave exploring.
Lake Matagami (Quebec) – Although ensconced in a rather rustic setting – that is, there are no services to speak of – this Canadian campsite is free except for a $5 maintenance fee and offers some of the most scenic hiking, boating and fishing venues in the south of the country. Do not bother bringing a TV, video game or smartphone, however, as there is no connectivity of any kind.