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 Northern Canada's amazing Parks Canada sites:
Kluane National Park’s Aay Chu West Route, which typically takes three solid days of backpacking, leads to the toe of the famously scenic Kaskawulsh Glacier. Scramble up Observation Mountain for an epic view of the ice.
In June, giant caribou herds are on the move in the north, including the 197,000-strong Porcupine herd in Ivvavik National Park. Book a fly-in trip with Parks Canada now, before they sell out. (Ivvavik pictured at top.)
During Discovery Days, Dawson City—home to a national historic site—parties like it’s 1898, the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. (August 17 to 20.) Or visit any time and tour this one-of-a-kind town with a Parks Canada guide.
Fritz Mueller/Parks Canada
Nahʔą Dehé Bucket List
The classic two-week trip down the South Nahanni River, in Nahʔą Dehé (Nahanni National Park Reserve), should be on every Canadian canoeist’s to-do list. For those not prepared for Class III whitewater, jump in a raft from Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) for an easier but no less spectacular expedition.
Can’t get enough wilderness whitewater? Sign up for Black Feather’s Nááts’ihch’oh Triple Header, an epic three weeks of shuttling remote rivers in one of Canada’s newest parks. Tagged onto the northern border of Nahanni, Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve protects the headwaters of three rocking rivers: the Broken Skull, South Nahanni and Little Nahanni. Confident Class III canoeists will run all three, back-to-back-to-back. $12,125; blackfeather.com
Paddle the Hornaday
Running through the heart of Tuktut Nogait National Park, the Hornaday River is a classic tundra river trip waiting to be discovered. The 360-kilometre river cuts through 170-metre-deep canyons and offers endless hiking opportunities on its way to the Arctic Ocean. The 10-day trip ends above the Hornaday Canyon, a 45-kilometre gash full of raging whitewater.
Parks Canada/D. Andrews
One of the best places to spot the narwhal, a small whale with a long tooth that protrudes in a spike out of its head, is in Oliver Sound, part of Sirmilik National Park. The area is a sea kayaker’s dream with steep cliffs, valley glaciers, open water, a mountainous backdrop and even a chance to see a unicorn.
Paddle the Northernmost River
In a country full of noteworthy rivers, the Thomsen stands out as the most northerly navigable river in North America, meandering 160 kilometres across the rolling hills of Banks Island in Aulavik National Park. The three-week trip is highlighted by exceptional tundra hiking, archeological sites and wildlife, including nesting peregrine falcons and the world’s highest concentration of muskoxen. $11,150; blackfeather.com
These experiences are just the start.
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