Canadian National Parks in the Maritimes
Get your outdoor gear together and explore many of the best Canadian National Parks—right here in the Maritimes!
If you love nature, the Maritimes is the perfect place for you. With some of the best Canadian National Parks calling this neck of the woods home, the Maritimes offer plenty of opportunities for you discover the true beauty of the great outdoors. From invigorating day hikes to overnight camping trips, our helpful look at Canadian National Parks in the Maritimes will highlight some of the wonderful things you can do during your visit. Whether you’re visiting New Brunswick on the mv Fundy Rose, Nova Scotia on The CAT, or Prince Edward Island on the mv Confederation or mv Holiday Island, you’ll find an adventure to last a lifetime waiting for you in our National Parks.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
With rugged coastlines, secret coves, endless beaches, and breathtaking look offs, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park brings you face-to-face with the stunning natural beauty of this region. A hiker’s dream, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park boasts some 26 official hiking trails for you to explore—each rich with history and sights to see (don’t forget your camera!). While you’re here, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local residents, including moose, bald eagles, and foxes. And along the coast, you’re sure to spot seals, gannets, and maybe even a pod of humpback whales. Throughout the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you’ll find leisurely activities like golfing, beaches to camp on, and scenic driving routes (including the world famous Cabot Trail). You’ll also be treated to one-of-a-kind Cape Breton hospitality in the fishing communities that dot the coastline.
Kejimkujik National Park
Located in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia, Kejimkujik National Park melds history with natural beauty across 426 square kilometres. Home to Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve, Kejimkujik is a stargazer’s paradise. With minimal artificial light intrusion, visitors to the park will have the opportunity to see a night sky as they’ve never seen before. Shooting stars light up the darkness, planets come into view, and the vastness of space becomes clearer than any photo could ever capture. And that’s only the beginning. Kejimkujik is home to nearly 200 different species of birds, as well as mammals, reptiles, and more—all living in this spectacular mixed Acadian woodland. Throughout the park, you’ll also learn the story of the Mi’kmaw and their traditions. Using a mixture of petroglyphs, artifacts, and on-site First Nations interpreters, visitors will discover the rich, expansive history and folklore of the Mi’kmaw. With backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, canoeing, hiking, and more, Kejimkujik is considered among the best Canadian National Parks. Once you arrive, you’ll quickly see why!
Fundy National Park
The world’s highest tides are on full display at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. Here, you can paddle out to the Bay of Fundy and experience the power of these rising tides first hand, or wait until low tide and take an unforgettable walk along the ocean floor. With more than 100 kilometres of hiking and biking trails stretching across this 206-square kilometre National Park, you’ll also have an opportunity to explore lush forests, towering waterfalls, and scenic look offs. In addition to its seemingly endless size, Fundy National Park is incredibly accommodating for families. During your visit, you’ll find comfortable campgrounds (be sure to look into renting a yurt!), a nine-hole golf course, and even a heated saltwater swimming pool for those who like the idea of swimming in the ocean, but also the idea of staying warm!
Kouchibouguac National Park
New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast is home to amazing sandy beaches, picturesque coastline, and—best of all—Kouchibouguac National Park. With four seasons of fun, Kouchibouguac offers visitors lovely hiking trails that meander through mixed-wood forests and salt marshes, arriving at warm coastal beaches that are perfect for relaxing or taking a refreshing dip in the water. In the winter, rent a fat bike for a snowy ride you’ll never forget! Or, break out your cross-country skis and snowshoes for a journey through the heart of the park. Like Kejimkujik, Kouchibouguac National Park is also a Dark Sky Preserve, so when the sun goes down and you catch your first glimpse of the sky, it’s certain to leave you speechless (in the best way possible!). In Kouchibouguac, there are many ways to camp depending on your needs and experience. Whether you want a fully-equipped campsite or are looking to rough it in the backcountry, you’ll find the perfect spot to set up.
Prince Edward Island National Park
The red sands are on full display in the Prince Edward Island National Park. Extending across 65 kilometres on the sandy North Shore of PEI, this National Park is ideal for overnight adventurers and day-cationers alike. Stroll the boardwalks or hit the walking paths, hop on a bike and explore over 20 kilometres of multi-use trails, or sit on the beach with a good book as the sun shines down. Fans of Anne of Green Gables will love making their way through the Prince Edward Island National Park, discovering the places Anne spent her time in the iconic stories—including the farmhouse she called home. Elsewhere, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for swimming, sightseeing, birdwatching, geocaching, and simply enjoying the Island lifestyle. There are two campgrounds located within Prince Edward Island National Park, making it easy for campers to set up for the night.
In the Canadian National Parks of the Maritimes, you’ll find the magic and beauty of nature on full display. Whether you’re stargazing in Keji, discovering underwater secrets in the Bay of Fundy, or walking the warm red sand beaches of the Island, these National Parks have something for everybody. To learn more about our parks, and other exciting things you can do while you’re visiting Canada’s East Coast, be sure to check out Explore the Maritimes today.