Love the great outdoors but not into the whole camping thing? Not to worry, Hilton has you covered. Locations can be found in every province, so you can get out and experience all the eye-popping views Canada has to offer and return to your hotel for a restful sleep.
Canada is a diverse and scenic nation and there is no end to the list of things you can see, do and explore. Many travelers gravitate toward big Canadian cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. However, it would be a mistake to skip over the incredible national parks that Canada has to offer.
From snowy peaks to coastal greenery, here are some of the best national parks in Canada you’ll want to visit on your next trip.
Banff National Park, Alberta
Perhaps the best known of the national parks in Canada. There is a reason why Banff is packed all year round, it is one of the most stunning places in all of Canada. Located in the Alberta Rockies, start your trip off at Canada Place, where you can get information an explore exhibits about the local wildlife, heritage and culture. Then, walk the trails and spot the hot sulfur springs in Cave and Basin National Historical Site. From the towering Rocky Mountains to the aqua blue lakes, the scenery is absolutely unsurpassed. Lake Louise is a stunning body of water with scenic views and the gondolas in the park can provide a spectacular aerial view. Ski, hike, golf or spot wildlife, the park offers something for everyone.
After you’ve spent your day in natures bliss, head back to Calgary and stay in one of our favourite hotels. If you haven’t had enough adventure, head out on the town for drinks and enjoy the best Calgary has to offer.
Price Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island
Feel the salt wind and marvel at the sculpted red sand dunes while lounging on one of the seven beaches that make up this park along the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. Red sandstone cliffs drop right into the water, creating stunning vantage point along miles of coastal trails. You can relax by the water, take a plunge in the sea or explore several historic landmarks and museums that are located within the park. Take a tour of the Covehead Harbour Lighthouse or the grounds of the Green Gables Heritage Place which the fictional Anne of Green Gables describes as her home in the iconic children’s books.
This park is about 30 minutes away from Charlottetown, so you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast at one of our newest hotels, Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottetown then head out and enjoy your day at the park.
Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Endless beaches, luscious rainforests and rugged trails alongside the open waters of the Pacific Ocean make up this 500 sq/km coastal park on the southern edge of Vancouver Island. It is divided into three distinctive sections. Long Beach, a popular spot for camping and surfing, Broken Group, a collection of small islands and West Coast Trail, a long hiking path that stretches for miles overlooking the Pacific Ocean most of the way. Whale watching is a time-honoured tradition here and it can be done from the beach but the best chance of seeing whales is in May, June, September and October.
Victoria is only a three-hour drive away so get an early start to the day if you want to get the most out of this Park. Enjoy a summer stroll along the endless sandy beach or head out on the water. Step out of your kayak and be greeted by a First Nations Beach Keeper or hear ancient stories around the campfire by Guardians of the West Coast Trail. Then head back to DoubleTree Victoria for a relaxing bath and unwind with a cocktail on the heated patio of Bartholomew’s English-Style Pub.
Jasper National Park, Alberta
In the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains is this incredible large park that offers everything from mountain hiking to stunning glaciers. Not only is Jasper the best place to go stargazing in the world, but the daytime scenery is just as stunning with the glacier fields, towering Rocky Mountains and abundant wildlife. It is the ultimate place to get active with no shortage of outdoor activities. Rock climbing, fishing, camping, horseback riding are just a few of the options. Don’t miss major attractions in the park like the Athabasca Falls, views aboard the Jasper SkyTram or the still waters of Medicine Lake.
This park is a little over three hours away from Edmonton, so hit the road early after you’ve enjoyed free breakfast at one of our hotels. Return to a warm bed, order up room service and have dinner in bed!
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton has repeatedly been ranked as one of the best islands in the world and there is no better place to experience its natural beauty than a visit to this park. Forested highland hills meet steep cliffs rising from the ocean in this island gem. A portion of the scenic Cabot Trail runs through this park, offering some of the most incredible ocean views in Atlantic Canada. The park’s boreal forest is also home to the endangered Canada lynx.
A mere hour and a half drive from Sydney, you can use Hampton Inn Sydney as a base for your park adventure. After a full day of sightseeing relax in their pool, then fall asleep in your clean and fresh bed.