Canada is a large country to the north of the United States which is well-known for its nature. It should not come as a surprise that each year, its many national parks attract travellers from all over the world. This article will tell you all about the top 3 national parks in Canada and how to apply for an eTA Canada.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park, located in the province of Alberta, is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. It is located in the Rocky Mountains, near the town of Jasper and about a four-hour drive from Edmonton, the capital of Alberta. The road leading to the park is easy to travel and gas stations are plentiful. On your drive to Jasper National Park, you can already admire the Canadian nature.
The park was founded in 1907. Its area of 11.000 km² makes it the largest protected natural park in Canada and part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nature there is just breathtaking. After applying for your eTA Canada, you can step on the Ice Explorer and admire the “Columbia Icefield”, a large ice mass made up by six glaciers. There are many beautiful lakes and trees surrounded by mountains which make for stunning views on your hikes. In addition, the park is home to many animals such as deer, reindeer and moose.
Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park is a natural reserve measuring 16 km along the west coast of Vancouver Island. The park is made up of land and sea, featuring rugged coasts and rainforests inhabited by black bears, pumas, wolves, seals and whales.
The park consists of three parts: Long Beach, Broken Group Islands and West Coast Trail. Long Beach is the most popular area of the park; its long beaches and populated forests attract many tourists every year. The Broken Group Islands are over 100 little islands in a bay which can only be visited by boat: great if you love kayaking. Hikers will instead enjoy the 75 km West Coast Trail, located in the southern part of the park and running along the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park was founded in 1885 as Canada’s first national park. Located in the Rocky Mountains along with Jasper National Park, it’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can admire beautiful, snow-capped mountain peaks and blue, crystal clear lakes which make it the most visited national park in Canada and an easy one to explore thanks to its many hiking trails. Among the sights you can admire on your walks, the Valley of the Ten Peaks makes for one of the highlights of the park with its ten different mountain peaks.
Do not forget to apply for an eTA Canada
If you are keen on visiting one of Canadaʼs beautiful national parks, you need an eTA Canada, as it is a mandatory travel authorization to enter the country. You can easily apply for your eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) by filling out the eTA form. Your eTA is valid for 5 years after approval. Within this period, you may travel to Canada without restriction, but each stay must not exceed 6 months.