A special event is happening in 2017. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. It was in 1867 when the Constitution Act formally proclaimed the unity of four provinces, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, making up the new country of Canada. Celebration starts early at some of the most beautiful locations in Canada, with Parks Canada offering free admission throughout 2017.
Buying your annual pass this year means that you won’t have to renew it until 2018. Not only does this pass let you get into the national parks, but you also give you entry into historic sites and marine conservation areas that are interconnected with the national park system. It just so happens that they make great honeymoon spots! Here are some of the prettiest places to visit in Canada on your honeymoon, anniversary trip, or family vacation.
Banff National Park in Alberta
If you enjoy the outdoors, Banff National Park has the goods. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter months to canoeing and biking in the summer, you’re sure to get lots of picturesque memories to take home with you. As the first national park, Banff is a great place to camp and view the Northern Lights.
Forillon National Park in Quebec
At Forillon, you can see colonies of seals on the cliffs or walk along a pebble beach. Some enjoy snorkeling when the weather is warmer, and you may get to see up to seven different species of whales that call the area home. With more than 244 square kilometers to explore, you could spend days exploring nature. Forillon is home to some of the first fishing stations in the area, with plenty of historical sites that show how the early settlers lived.
Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland
UNESCO designated this national park as a world heritage site not just because of the history, but also due to its exceptionally beautiful scenery. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the area. From May to October, day cruises are offered to get a different view of the terrain. Trek to the historical lighthouse, then enjoy a walk along the coast before having a dinner of fresh seafood at a local restaurant.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in British Columbia
Home to the culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers First Nation cultural experiences along with water sports, cycling, birding, boating, and camping. The beaches offer surfing for beginners and experts. Serious surfers don’t wait for the summer. Long Beach and Wickaninnish Beach offer year-round activities, with rentals and lessons available from local businesses. Take a self-guided tour along trails with hand-carved totems. Take home memories from local artisans who appreciate the history of the community. During the summer months, the park also offers educational programs for visitors.
Marine Conservation Areas
Marine areas are not only home to animals that live in the water, but also to birds and mammals. All of these parks feature ecosystems of rich flora and fauna to enjoy together. Every season will have different things to see and do. Most of the sites have other nearby parks and nature reserves to visit while you’re in the area.
- Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada, Ontario
- Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, British Columbia
- Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area of Canada, Ontario
- Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec
Take Advantage of This Special Offer
Explore Canada together with your spouse and keep your travel dollars close to home. Although the price of gas has gone down, the price of groceries is going up. The loonie has been weakening over the last few months, which is keeping more Canadians at home. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a spectacular honeymoon. Canada has plenty to see in your own backyard.