This Canadian National Park Was Ranked #1 In The Country
HINT: It's on an island 😯
There's no shortage of untouched beauty and the great outdoors when it comes to Canada. And for a nation that prides itself on the preservation of it's scenic views and natural history, we have a lot to be proud about when it comes to our nearly 50 national parks.
As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Parks Canada offered free parks' passes to Canadians across the country, helping to commemorate the sweeping coastlines and plush forests that define our country's natural landscape.
And this year, USA Today joined in on the celebration of Canada's preservation of all things natural by opening a poll to all of its readership that ranked the best national parks in Canada.
Part of its USA Today 10 Best 2017 Readers' Choice awards, the online newspaper has ongoing polls on a number of categories, and this year it ranked Canada's best national parks according to its readers.
Teaming up a panel of Canadian travel writers, USA Today nominated 20 of the best Canadian national parks and ran the poll for four weeks.
Of the nearly 50 national parks, one topped the list. It's at the country's east coast, located on an island and features sweeping oceans views.
Haven't guessed yet? That's alright, because it's probably one of the hidden gems when it comes to our national parks.
The #1 national park in Canada according to the USA Today poll is Cape Breton Highlands, located on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton island.
Home to plenty of wildlife (moose, eagles and bears included), Cape Breton Highlands sits on an ancient plateau and features many of the much-loved and iconic features of the Canadian landscape, all in one place, including river canyons, valleys, forests and a gorgeous view of the ocean.
Adventurists head to this national park not only to soak in all of its natural beauty, but for camping, hiking and star-gazing, among many other activities.
Coming in at a close second was Alberta's Jasper National Park, the largest national park of the Canadian Rockies.
Here's the complete top 10 list of Canada's national parks: