Last week it was International Day of Forests according to the United Nations. Canada’s lumberjacks might be better known for chopping trees down, but Canada forests are a wonderland for tree huggers too. The woodland also plays a vital part in the economy.

The forestry industry in Canada plays a significant part in the overall economy and employs many people. Through sustainable forest management, Canada is able to produce not only significant quantities of lumber, but to safeguard its natural forests for generations to come too.

Through sustainable forest management, Canada is able to produce not only significant quantities of lumber, but to safeguard its natural forests for generations to come too.

From temperate rainforests of broadleaf trees to stunning boreal forests of pines and spruces, the best places to experience these wonders of nature is in Canada’s extensive network of national parks. Here are some of the top parks in Canada:

Banff National Park

Located in Alberta, in the heart of the Rockies, Banff is actually Canada’s oldest national park, and also one of its most famous. As well as a dense coniferous forest there are dozens of beautiful turquoise lakes and views of the stunning snow-capped mountains. Banff offers activities for all ages and tastes, there is hiking, canoeing, and miles and miles of bike trails. There are plenty of camp sites with various levels of amenities, and if you really don’t like the idea of sleeping in a tent there are also world class resorts that offer spas, luxury hotels and even golf courses.

 

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Stretching along over 30 miles of British Columbia’s most western coast the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of the most spectacular parks in Canada. Located on Vancouver Island the park is home to hundreds of acres of old growth rainforest. There is also no shortage of activities to take part in: the park boasts one of Canada’s best surf beaches in Long Beach, and for those less inclined to getting wet there is the West Coast Trail – a 45-mile hiking trail that meanders through the rainforest.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

On the coast of Nova Scotia this stunning park is referred to as the land “where the mountains meet the sea”. With steep cliffs to summit and plunging river canyons, Cape Breton is highly popular with seasoned hikers. If you prefer to drive, the scenic Cabot Trail is an absolute must. The forests of Cape Breton are also a great place to spot wildlife, with moose, grouse and the endangered Canadian Lynx calling the park home.

The forests of Cape Breton are also a great place to spot wildlife, with moose, grouse and the endangered Canadian Lynx calling the park home.

Thousand Islands National Park

A unique Ontario park consisting of over 20 islands and a mainland base. Highly popular with paddlers and boaters it is easy to spend a day exploring the different islands. And don’t worry, if you do not have your own boat there are many companies offering tours or rentals. As well as boating and fishing other activities include golf and spending time in the various heritage museums.

 

Thousand Islands National Park is a boaters dream

 

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