Have you taken advantage of Parks Canada's Discovery Pass this year?
To celebrate Canada's 150th—the federal agency is offering FREE admission to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas throughout 2017. (Plus, free seasonal lockage too, on national historic waterways.)
We're continuing our look at some of the BEST ways to experience our parks and historic sites—with Atlantic Canada's amazing Parks Canada sites:
Parks Canada/Nigel Fearon
After pedalling around on Kouchibouguac National Park’s (PICTURED) 50 kilometres of bike paths (rent a bike at Ryan’s Rental Centre), cool off with a swim. The park brags some of the warmest ocean waters north of the Carolinas.
Hike Above the Tides
The 3.2-kilometre Coastal Trail in Fundy National Park stays safely out of reach of the world’s largest tides by skirting sea cliffs and headlands. It’s one of the prettiest hikes in the park.
When the English tried to kick the Acadians out of New Brunswick, the French immigrants hid on Beaubears Island. Today, this home of a national historic site is mostly old growth pine forest, a rarity in this part of New Brunswick. The best way to reach the island is on an interpretive Voyageur canoe journey.
Prince Edward Island
Afternoon at the RITS
The newest trail in Prince Edward Island National Park is the RITS, the five-kilometre Robinsons Island Trail System. Though it’s multi-use, it was designed for mountain bikers with 11 technical challenges at spurs spread along the double-loop. (PICTURED)
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The Best Sunset in the East
One of Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s best sunsets is viewed from the Skyline Trail (PICTURED) with a park’s guide. Meet two hours before sunset at the trailhead. Reserve beforehand at the campground or visitor centre ($15).
Best Canoeing in the Maritimes
Don’t let the 13 portages along the 48-kilometre Peskowesk Lake canoe route put you off. They’re mostly short and easy: a quick break of old growth forest between the spring-fed lakes of the circuit in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Labrador’s 50-K beach
One of the highlights of Canada’s newest national park, Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains, is a 50-kilometre-long sandy beach known as Wunderstrands. (PICTURED)
Spot an Iceberg
In the spring, Malady Head in Terra Nova National Park is a good place to spot an iceberg. From the woodsy campground, it’s a relentless two-kilometre hike to the summit—but all of the Eastport Peninsula and Bona Vista Bay is visible.
The Far East
Tag North America’s most easterly point by hiking or paddling around Cape Spear. The national historic site is part of the East Coast Trail, a good spot to see whales and a challenging sea kayak destination.
Tag The Rock’s #2
The 800-metre summit of Gros Morne Mountain—in the namesake national park—is the second-highest on the island of Newfoundland. The 16-kilometre loop hike to the peak includes scree-scrambling and a rocky gully. The view of Ten Mile Pond is a beauty that’s well worth the effort.
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