Banff National Park | Photo: Gorgo 

Ever since a bunch of High On Life Canadians took an illegal stroll across the Grand Prismatic Spring @Yellowstone, we figure its high time we give the iconic park a break and instead focus on what our northern neighbors have to offer.

Related: ‘High On Life’ Canadians Sentenced To Jail Time After Walking Across Yellowstone Geyser

Canadian national parks give the US National Parks a run for their money and in some cases, can be way better especially considering their visitation numbers in the summer months are well below those of Great Smoky Mountains, Sequoia, and Yellowstone national parks just to name a few with congestion issues.

*USA’s busiest park, Great Smoky National Park sees almost 10 million visitors every year compared to Canada’s busiest park, Banff which sees only 3 million/year. 

6 Canadian National Parks Worth The Trip North

Jasper National Park

Maligne Lake with Spirit Island in the foreground | Photo: Saupra1984

The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is an alpine paradise made for hiking, climbing, skiing, backpacking, and fishing. With incredibly diverse wildlife and a plethora of hot springs, Jasper is perfect for just about anyone.

Go-To Hike: Sulphur Skyline

Tallest Peak: North Twin Peak12,241′

Prominent Waterway: Athabasca and Smoky rivers

Banff National Park

Peyto Lake | Photo: Tobi 87

Located just south of Jasper sits Banff National Park. With its towering peaks and glacial cirques, the landscape of Banff attracts photographers from around the world. Along with the quintessential summer activities of hiking, fishing and backpacking– Banff also includes a expansive backcountry hut system managed by the Alpine Club of Canada.

Go-To Hike: Bow Glacier Falls

Tallest Peak: Mt Forbes11,850′

Prominent Waterway: Bow River

Glacier National Park

Mount MacDonald | Photo: The Interior

No, this national park isn’t located in northern Montana. Instead, the Canadian version encompasses a large chunk of Rogers Pass and the Columbia Mountains. The park is a go-to for backcountry skiers and snowboarders and even includes the one of the largest cave systems in all of Canada.

Go-To Hike: Abbot Ridge

Tallest Peak: Mount Sir Donald — 10,774′

Prominent Waterway: Columbia River

Gros Morne National Park

Norris Point, Bonne Bay | Photo: Kenny Louie

Located off the east coast of Canada, Gros Morne National Park looks like it belongs more in Norway than it does on the east coast island of Newfoundland. Fjords, igneous rocks, and beautiful peaks are just a few things that make Canada’s second biggest national park special.

Go-To Hike: Gros Morne Mountain

Tallest Peak: Gros Morne Mountain — 2,644′

Prominent Waterway: Western Brook Pond – Fjord

Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park | Photo: santoshsurneni photography

The Kootenay mountains are some of the most beautiful in the Canadian Rockies and its namesake national park is definitely worth the visit. The big attraction here are the park’s signature hot springs– Radium, Olive Lake, Marble Canyon, Sinclair Canyon and the Paint Pots. Other highlights include a day hike to Floe Lake.

Go-To Hike: Floe Lake

Tallest Peak: Stanley Peak10,351′

Prominent Waterway: Kootenay River

Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake | Photo: Laurent GASS

Situated atop the Continental Divide, Yoho National Park is home to some of the most stunning mountains in all of Canada. It’s also home to icefields, massive waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes.

Go-To Hike: Emerald Basin

Tallest Peak: Mount Goodsir11,703′

Prominent Waterway: Kicking Horse River