8 Priceless National Parks

It's impossible to put a value on these amazing destinations. These beautiful oases have helped define a country and will continue to shape its future.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia

Established in 1970, this Vancouver Island park is a stunner, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors a year. Hike parts of the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail that weaves among the old-growth trees in the temperate rainforest; hit Long Beach, which stretches between Ucluelet and the popular honeymooner’s destination, Tofino; or, paddles your way around the off-shore Broken Group Islands in a sea kayak—you’re sure to spot a few seals. What ever you choose to do, don’t leave home without a reservation and rain gear.

Eco Fact: The Cheewhat Cedar, one of the world’s largest Western red cedars, stands by the West Coast Trail. Its trunk is more than 5 metres in diameter.