Before you dive into that stuffed thanksgiving turkey, it’s time to have a toast and give thanks to the incredible opportunities we have here in Canada. Not only are we a diverse, welcoming and peaceful country, but we are also home to some of the best adventures in the entire world. 


With over 9.9 million km(6.1 million f) of breathtaking landscapes, it’s no wonder that millions of people travel here globally to see the amazing explorations our country has to offer. This thanksgiving, Backroad Mapbooks is giving thanks to the amazing Canadian Backroad Adventures we get to enjoy and call home to.

 

1. The Canadian Rockies

Nestled along the border of British Columbia and Alberta, the wonder of the Canadian Rockies draw millions of visitors each year, and it’s no wonder why. With captivating trails, pristine campsites, exciting glaciers, and a ton of history to explore, there’s a lot to be thankful about the Canadian Rockies. Between the 4 National parks and 6 Provincial Parks, which make up the heart of the Rockies, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. From the more tourist dense destinations, such as Lake Louise in Banff, to the hidden backcountry gems of Wilmore Wilderness Park, there’s thousands of places to explore and even more to be thankful for!

 

Courtesy of Ephigenia Stamate

2. Gros Morne National Park

Across the world, Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland and Labrador, is renowned as a premiere destination for incredible adventures. The 1,805 km2 (696 m2) park boasts dramatic scenery featuring freshwater fjords, towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and barren canyons, all adding up to a great backcountry exploration. With shorter trails for the beginner adventurer, and challenging rugged treks for the skilled backcountry explorer, there’s enough for everyone to be thankful for in Gros Morne National Park. A park this size, with such dense backcountry terrain, it’s important to come prepared with the proper equipment, such as a mapbook or GPS Map to help you navigate your way through the captivating adventures.

 

Image courtesy of Parks Canada

3. Pacific Rim National Park

Situated on the tip of Southern Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Parks is a whole lot to be thankful for in Canada. Broken into 3 separate units, the park attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all kindsfrom all over, looking for a unique west coast experience. Between the Broken Group Islands Unit (a world class kayaking and canoeing destination) the Long Beach unit (globally popular for its great aquatic wildlife viewing and surfing adventure), and the West Coast Trail Unit (a well-known treacherous, yet rewarding hike) there’s no end to the beauty you’ll find here.  

 

Clayoquot Sound, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - @tiffanypyyu

4. Algonquin Park

One of Ontario’s, and Canada’s, greatest treasures – Algonquin Provincial Park is a highly sought after destination for adventurists of all kinds. Between the countless lakes to fish and paddle, you’ll find unique paddle-in campsites, rocky terrain for biking, breathtaking hiking views, and so much more. It’s no wonder why millions of viewers visit the park each year. Many who come to Algonquin Park stay on the famous Highway 60 Corridor, where you’re sure to get some great wildlife views and iconic Algonquin sights. But those who are really thankful for this beautiful destination know that much of the true adventure lies beyond it in the backcountry. To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the adventures to be had here, be sure to grab a copy of our Algonquin Park Waterproof map. The handy and durable double-sided foldable map will withstand any adventure Algonquin Park will throw at you, and be around to inspire many more to come.

 

Courtesy of Algonquin Bound Outfitters

5. Bay of Fundy

The natural wonders of the Bay of Fundy are no surprise this is one of the most sought after destinations to adventure in Atlantic Canada, and has been named one of the 7 Wonders of North America, by a panel of international naturalists, photographers and nature journalists. Featuring the world’s highest tides, historic fossils and sea cliffs, impressive whale-watching opportunities and tons of trails, campsites and adventures, there’s plenty to be thankful for in the Bay of Fundy. The entire family can enjoy an exploration through the Bay of Fundy, and enjoy the wondrous views, and adventures of this maritime masterpiece.

 

Bay of Fundy - Photo by Colin Hughes BRMB Ambassador

6. Wildlife Viewing

Not only is Canada home to breathtaking landscapes, but within our diverse ecosystems, we also boast some of the world’s largest variety of wildlife. From west coast orcas to arctic Churchill polar bears, to the iconic Jasper National Park moose, we share our home with thousands of captivating creatures. With many of these animals living right in our own backyards, sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat. Across the province here are some of the best places to head out for iconic wildlife viewing:

 

Gwaii Haanas Marine Conservation Area – BC

Best Wildlife to See: Humpback Whales

 

Photo by Stef Olcen, Courtesy of Blog.Hellobc.com

 

 

Great Bear Rainforest – BC

Best Wildlife to See: Spirit Bear

 

Photo by Ian McAllister from The Georgia Straight

 

 

Wood Buffalo National Park – Alberta

Best Wildlife to See: Bears, Wolves, Moose, Lynx, Fox

 

Courtesy of Canada Explore | Explorez

 

 

Prince Albert National Park – Saskatchewan

Best Wildlife to See: Bison, Moose, Elk, Bears, Wolves

 

Video Courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewa and Phoenix Group

 

 

Riding Mountain National Park – Manitoba

Best Wildlife to See: Moose, Wolves, Lynx, Elk

 

Video Courtesy of Parks Canada

 

 

Churchill Wildlife Management Area – Manitoba

Best Wildlife to See: Polar Bears

 

Photo Courtesy of www.gov.mb.ca

 

 

Algonquin Provincial Park – Ontario

Best Wildlife to See: Moose, Black Bear, Wolves

 

Learn more About Wildlife in Algonquin Park

 

 

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – Newfoundland and Labrador

Best Wildlife to See: Puffin

 

Photo Courtesy of Newfoundland & Labrador Canada Tourism - www.newfoundlandlabrador.com

 

 

Digby Neck Islands – Nova Scotia

Humpback and Finback Whales

 

Photo Courtesy of Bayoffundytourism.com & Nova Scotia Whale Watching - Mariner Cruises

 

 


 

Whether you're on the west coast or the east coast, you can find all these adventures to be thankful for inside our popular Backroad Mapbok Series.

 

 

No matter where you are this Thanksgiving, be thankful for having the opportunity to explore this breathtaking landscape we call home. Join the BRMB community this long weekend and share the Canadian Backroad Adventures you’re thankful for this long weekend.

 

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