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Best National Parks in Canada

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Canada's geography is grand in both scale and scenery, giving both locals and visitors enough adventures to last a lifetime. Much of Canada's brilliant landscape can conveniently be found in the confines of its incredible national parks, offering the extraordinary opportunity to get up close and personal with natural wonders ranging from glaciers to granite peaks and so much more. To determine the best of the best, U.S. News took into account scenic beauty, accessibility, expert opinion and traveler sentiment to determine the Best National Parks in Canada. Got a favorite? Vote below to influence next year's ranking. 

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#1 Jasper National Park

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Jasper National Park is by far the best place to experience the Rocky Mountains. The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies offers endless opportunities to hike, bike, boat and more. Jasper also holds the unique distinction of being the world's second largest dark sky preserve, allowing for one-of-a-kind star gazing. To get the best of Jasper, drive down the famous Icefields Parkway, considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the world.

The Athabasca River in Jasper National Park.
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#2 Gros Morne National Park

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Located on the island of Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park's geography is so special, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park stands out for its striking fjords and the Tablelands, where visitors can walk upon the exposed Earth's mantle. Gros Morne's seaside location also affords access to breathtaking coastal scenery, which is best viewed along the spectacular Green Gardens trail.

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#3 Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Situated on the northern tip of Nova Scotia lies Cape Breton Highlands National Park, often referred by Canadians as the area "where the mountains meet the sea." The park's greatest attribute, the Cabot Trail, is the best way to take in this varied scenery. The road winds along towering coastal cliffs and through lush forestry that blankets the park. For an unforgettable hike, hit up the oceanfront Skyline Trail at sunset.

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#4 Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve's remote location on Graham Island off the western coast of Canada is no doubt a challenge to get to, but once you get an eyeful of its incredible offerings, you'll realize the destination is worth the journey. Gwaii Haanas features moss-laden forests, dramatic coastal terrain and even UNESCO-sanctioned ruins. Keep in mind that there are no marked trails at this park; everything must be navigated the old-fashioned way (with a map and compass).

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
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#5 Auyuittuq National Park

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Located within the Arctic Circle is Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada's wildest national parks. The park is not easily accessible; you have to fly to the remote Nunavut then take another plane to one of two Inuit villages where adventure outfitters guide you through sky-high fjords to get into the park. But once inside, you'll find breathtaking landscapes composed of granite peaks and glaciated valleys, as well as arctic wildlife, including polar bears and caribou.

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#6 Kluane National Park

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If you live for hiking, then Klaune National Park needs to be on your bucket list. The park is home to 17 of Canada's 20 highest mountains, including the highest peak in the country, Mount Logan. Whether it's hiking, rafting next to glaciers on the Alsek River or "flightseeing" (or air tours) over Canada's largest icefield, there's truly an adventure activity for every type of traveler here.

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#7 Fathom Five National Marine Park

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Divers and snorkelers will relish in all the fascinating finds at Fathom Five National Marine Park. The park boasts a variety of underwater sites made for exploration, including cliffs, caves and overhangs, plus 20 shipwrecks. If you're not much of a swimmer, there are other adventures to be had, especially on the leafy Flowerpot Island, a popular backcountry camping spot accessible only by boat.

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