On the surface Kootenay National Park represents everything that we know and love about the Canadian Rockies. Beneath the forests and the rocks, evolutional secrets are perfectly preserved. Here, we encounter hot springs and grounds that only Mother Nature can create.
More than fifteen islands and countless islets make up the Gulf Island National Park Reserve. They are surrounded by azure waters that are protected from the storms of the Pacific Ocean. Sailing and paddling effortlessly give way to hiking and birdwatching creating an unforgettable holiday of exploration and family fun. Gulf Island is one of eight National Park Reserves, located on the Southern Coast of British Columbia.
Pacific Rim may have been opened in 1970 but it was a crowd-puller way before that. First Nations like the Nuu-chah-nulth and the Tla-o-qui-aht have called the park home for ages. And hippies camped on its beaches until the government came knocking. Today, shorebirds and dog-walkers share the park’s sandy beaches and surfers ride the waves. Join them and see what else is on offer.
The crowds keep streaming into this park, unperturbed by thick snow or rising summer temperatures. It’s easy to see what draws them, humongous red cedars give way to a spectacular carpet of wildflowers, their colours and scents permanently imprinted in our memories. And audacious black bears come out to feed, truly untamed and unrestricted.
Open year round and located only 4-hour drive from Calgary and 6.5-hour drive from Vancouver, Glacier National Park is an easy visit on the TransCanada Highway!
It is impossible to separate Glacier National Park from Canadian history; it was after all a vital piece in the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the Trans-Canada Highway. Professional mountaineers could not resist its dramatic peaks, introducing North Americans to recreational mountain climbing. Do not miss the views of Illecillewaet, Asulkan and Swiss Glaciers.