Savour the last days of summer by visiting a national park!
Aug. 17, 2020
Aug. 17, 2020
Enjoying your summer while practising safe social distancing can be a challenge in and of itself. That is why we encourage you to explore the breathtaking natural beauty within your very own province.
Canada has no shortage of national and provincial parks where you can safely soak up the warm weather and breathe in some fresh air! Our list is sure to inspire you to get out and discover something new.
Sandbar Lake Provincial Park – Ontario
At a modest 4-hour drive west towards Manitoba, Sandbar Lake Provincial Park is the perfect spot for nature lovers who want to share their passion for the outdoors with their family!
This is the perfect spot to set up your tent for a few days and enjoy family-friendly activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming. This provincial park even has a pet-friendly beach so that your furry friends can get out and enjoy the best that Canadian summers have to offer.
This beautiful national park sits along the Quebec-Ontario border in an area better known as Témiscamingue. If nature is your happy place, then this park is sure to please!
This park offers traditional-style campsites as well as Étoile “ready-to-camp” accommodations in the Rivière-Kipawa and Pointe-Opémican areas. These unique yurt-like structures are made from wood and come equipped with beds and several small appliances to make your stay in the great outdoors as comfortable as possible. Think of it as a cross between a tent and a cabin!
On top of getting a good night’s sleep, Opémican National Park has bike and watercraft rentals so that you can choose to hit the trails or get out on the water!
Just remember that you have to buy a day pass online if you don’t already have an annual Sépaq pass!
Kouchibouguac National Park – New Brunswick
Tucked away on New Brunswick’s east coast is Kouchibouguac National Park. It stretches out for miles on end and has countless activities to enjoy, including going for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
Need a place to pitch your tent? You’re in luck! There are two campgrounds to choose from: South-Kouchibouguac and Côte-à-Fabien. The wilderness camping enthusiast will opt for the Sipù, Pointe-à-Maxime or Petit-Large sites.
Breathe in the fresh Maritime air with your family as you go for a hike or a bike along the parks many trails. For those looking to try something new and a little out of the ordinary, cockle fishing is a must! All you have to do is pick up a recreational fishing license and start scouring the banks.
With six campgrounds and six soft-sand beaches, you are spoiled for choice of where you can rest your head and dip your toes in the water! Once you’ve chowed down on a rustic campfire breakfast, you can start your day with a leisurely bike ride, followed by a scenic hike in the woods and end with a relaxing round of golf!
There is so much to do—whether you are looking to stay active all day or all week!
Prince Edward Island National Park
PEI is brimming with activities that will get you out on the water (which makes a lot of sense considering it’s an island)! The Prince Edward Island National Park boasts four supervised beaches (make sure that you check when a lifeguard will be on duty): Cavendish, Brackley, Stanhope and Greenwich. These beaches are also great for surfers looking to catch some waves!
If dry land activities are more your pace, dry off your feet, slip on your golf shoes and enjoy a full 18 holes or lace up your walking shoes and keep your eyes peeled for birds!
Terra Nova National Park
Newfoundland and Labrador’s stunning scenery will have you green with envy! The Terra Nova National Park has two campgrounds: one in the front country and one in the backcountry. There are currently four different areas where you can set up your backcountry camping oasis.
Once your campsite is all set up, there is no time to relax in your foldable chairs: nature is calling! Get out and explore the endless hiking trails—kilometres of fun await!