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Discover Parks Canada

450 000 km² of memories

Summer 2022

Plan ahead and be prepared! Visit our website for the latest COVID-19-related information.

New to camping?

Child learning to how to set up a tent at a Learn-to Camp pop-up booth along the Rideau Canal.

Make camping memorable whether you’re trying it in your backyard or visiting a Parks Canada destination for the first time. Before any camping trip, use these camping basics as your go-to resource guide for a multitude of tips and ideas!

Check out our Learn-to Camp overnight events and day activities offered at different locations across the country!

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Know before you go

A visitor uses binoculars to watch for wildlife from a vehicle off the Parkway in Elk Island National Park.

Planning on visiting us this summer? Make the most of your trip: read our complete guide to visiting Parks Canada. You’ll also find out how to play your part in keeping these special places safe and beautiful for generations to come.

Pave the road for success by keeping these in mind:

  • Plan ahead
  • Try somewhere less travelled
  • Go on weekdays
  • Visit during shoulder season
  • Organize a day trip

Family fun for everyone!

Two children sit on a chuckwagon as they check out the next challenge in their Xplorers activity booklet at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

Time to Xplore! Keep the family busy and engaged on your next visit. Pick up a free Xplorers booklet at participating Parks Canada destinations. Kids will enjoy leading the family to countless new discoveries as they earn their way to a free souvenir prize to remember their trip. Visit multiple sites this summer and start a collection!

Awe and splendor

A stunning view of Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park during the fall season.

Nothing inspires awe for the power of nature like a waterfall’s cascade. Feel the rush this summer with great hikes leading to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Above all, stay safe as you enjoy the view!

Looking for more great trip ideas? Check out the all-new Parks Canada suggestions on Expedia – they are chock-full of inspiring photos, videos, itineraries and blogs. Travel in Canada has never looked this good!

The return of the bison

A bison grazing in Grasslands National Park with the sunset in the background.

The survival of bison and their rescue from near-extinction is one of the greatest conservation success stories in Canada.

Find out where bison roam today, why they are so important and what conservation efforts are underway to protect this ecosystem engineer.


Turnip the volume! It’s garden thyme!

Visitors having a picnic in the Victorian Gardens at Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

Attention garden lovers! Come celebrate the Year of the Garden with us.

National parks and national historic sites nurture some of the most stunning and impressive heritage gardens. From traditional subsistence gardens that kept families and communities alive to greenspaces showcasing native plant species and carefully curated decorative gardens adorning prominent historical landmarks. Visit a garden of wonder on your next trip!

Spotlight on…

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

A historic fur trade post with rich stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.

O’Chiese First Nation member Hailey Saulteaux showcasing her regalia in front of a Tipi at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
A pivotal era

At the confluence of two rivers, this land was an important gathering place for countless generations of First Nations and Métis people and an ideal location for trade.

In the late 1700s, trading companies built posts here and they became a home base for David Thompson’s famous expeditions. Explore the rich history of this site.

Three visitors with the remains of a chimney from a fur trade era fort at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
The last one standing

Archeologists have unearthed thousands of artifacts that tell the site’s story. Thanks to their work, we know this land was home to five fur trade posts.

Relics of the last post can still be seen today. Touch its chimneys as you walk our trails or come to the visitor centre to see some of the unique artifacts.

Two visitors take part in a dream catcher workshop.
Get close to history

Dive deeper into stories of this place and book a hands-on experience. Learn skills rooted in Indigenous customs as you make your own dream-catcher or discover a unique trade from a past era.

While on site, explore the Métis camp, visit the blacksmith forge or stop at the “Follow the Bison Herd” interpretive station. Stay longer and try our heritage camping options.