National Parks

BC & Alberta National Parks You Must Visit

British Columbia and Alberta hold some of Canada’s most famous national parks, so why not start on the west coast and work your way east.

Maggie Spizzirri
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Canada’s Majestic Beauty

Recently Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. While this is young compared to many other countries, Canada still has a majestic beauty and a rich history that makes Canada the perfect place for your next RV rental journey. Deciding on which piece of Canada you want to visit will be the problem, with almost 10 million square kilometres, Canada will be a country you will want to keep coming back to as every corner of the country offers a beautiful and totally different experience. There are 40 national parks and over 1000 provincial parks, this with just be a taste of the great Canadian experience. British Columbia and Alberta hold some of Canada’s most famous national parks, so why not start on the west coast and work your way east. Here is a start to some of the BC & Alberta National Parks that you must see.

Parks Canada Discover Pass

Parks Canada offers a Discover Pass, for $140 (2020) you can buy unlimited entries into all the BC & Alberta National Parks for a year for a family of up to seven people. Camping fees are extra and reservations are a good idea. You can either camp in the national parks, or many parks are close enough to small cities and towns that you can stay in private campgrounds that have more amenities for your motorhome rental.

Pacific Rim National Park

Pacific Rim National Park is located 5 hours north of Victoria, British Columbia, and is situated on the Pacific Ocean. This is the perfect park if you are looking to see humpback or killer whales. There are many hiking trails that follow along the ocean or that take you deep into the BC rainforest.

Crystal blue ocean waters along sandy beach
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Mount Revelstoke National Park

Mount Revelstoke National Park offers a paved drive up the mountain to a parking lot where the shuttle will take you to the Meadow in the Sky Parkway. Here you can stroll through a field of Indian paintbrush, heather, arctic lupin, and dozen of other wildflowers. Or take a hike right from downtown to the old ski jump that was popular in the 1920s. Here you can actually stand right where the ski jumpers used to stand to overlook the jump. Check out Revelstoke RV Trip & Activities for ideas of other things to do around Revelstoke.

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Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park is one of seven continuous national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find the natural contrast of cold mountain rivers with the steamy hot water of natural hot springs. Radium Hot Springs is one of the largest developed hot springs but if you get lucky you may stumble into one of the not so well known undeveloped springs. The picture below is Lussier Hot Springs, the hot pools sit right beside the icy cold flowing river.

Photo Credit: Robin and Arlene Karpan

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park in Alberta is home to Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. If wildlife is on your list of things to see this park may just give you that. It is very common to see Big Horn Sheep and Elk standing right on the side of the road.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park, just an hour’s drive from Calgary Alberta, is one of Canada’s most famous national parks. Summer or winter Banff has local galleries, museums, upscale shopping, and amazing world-class restaurants. In the winter take in unparalleled downhill skiing and in the summer visit the championship golf course. The sights from the gondola can be taken in year rounds as can a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. And whether you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel or not the hotel is spectacular to see.

Travelling around the west of Canada has spectacular sights year-round. Rent an RV from Vancouver, British Columbia, or Calgary, Alberta and let your RV rental vacation begin.

Here are some other great articles about other spectacular Canadian National Parks.

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