To celebrate Canada’s 150, we all were given the opportunity to be gifted the 2017 Discovery Pass as FREE admission to Canada’s National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas, and National Historic Sites. And if you’re anything like me, who wouldn’t jump on that offer to go on several adventures throughout the year?
Canada holds amazing national parks and beautiful sights worth seeing, but I wanted to focus a little more on some gorgeous places in Alberta – specifically two national parks – that a lot of people don’t realize exists!
I took a trip to Waterton Lakes was shocked by the amazing beauty that this national park holds. Although it is located south of the Rocky Mountains, I never would imagine a place like this would’ve existed in Alberta. Waterton officially became a National Park in 1895 however, it all started back 10,000 years ago as the Alpine Glaciers melted away allowing human habilitation.
Waterton Lakes also became known as the Peace Park as it shares Glacier National Park in Montana. The Waterton-Glacier Peace Park was created back in 1932 as a symbol of peace between Canada and the U.S. and if you decide to take the Waterton Shoreline Cruise you get to stop by the open border between the two national parks.
The town of Waterton also provides that rustic feel as you enter. Very small community and with a number of activities there is in Waterton Lakes, I’m amazed at how the place doesn’t get crowded. Not only does Waterton offer breathtaking hikes but they also hold festivals such as the Wildflower Festival that runs for a few days during the summer.
There are no malls or no big chain restaurants but the local eateries offer amazing quality food (the city also holds a food festival every year) and you can easily spot cute wildlife animals curiously wanting to say hi. The beauty itself will captivate you into coming back for more.
Waterton also has 2 historic sites, one of them being the Prince of Wales. If you’re ever visiting Waterton, you won’t miss this as it sits on top of a hill overlooking Waterton Town. The hotel has been alive since 1927 but officially became a historic site in 1992. The historic site itself is beautiful inside and out.There are plenty of other places to stay in and outside of the Waterton (you can look up where you can stay with Radisson here) but this site is definitely worth pulling over.
Just 7 hours north of Waterton Lakes is Jasper National Park.
The length of the drive may scare most people but the scenic route makes up for the long duration. Trust me. Long scenic drives often give me a reason to create my own side adventures by stopping by cities such as Calgary. There, I was able to redeem my Club Carlson for a free night stay at the Radisson Hotel located in Calgary, enjoy some delicious food, indulge in Calgary’s culture and once I was ready to hit the road again, I used the remaining of my Club Carlson Points for Petro-Canada to help with gas.
Being the complete opposite of Waterton Lakes, Jasper is known to be one of the largest Rocky Mountain Parks.
Not too long ago, in 2011, Jasper was officially designated a Dark Sky Preserve. Dark Sky Preserves helps protect and preserve the park’s night sky from pollution. Having said this, every year Jasper holds a Dark Sky Festival for all Stargazing lovers (such as myself) every year. This festival is usually held in October so make sure you dress warmly and be prepared to fall in love with the sky.
Not only is there so much history behind Jasper to take note of such as, The Fur Trade, The Northwest Passage and the Raven Totem Pole – just to name a few – but there’s also plenty to do and see. Jasper offers both Summer and Winter tours and activities. Of course, hiking will always be one of them.
If you’re looking to relax, you can also take a dip in the Miette Hot Springs. Miette Hot Springs are known to be the hottest springs on the Rocky Mountains. Although the water that runs from the Sulphur Creek is as hot as 53 degrees Celsius, once it reaches the two pools at the Miette Hot Springs, it is cooled to 40 degrees Celsius. Surprisingly the pools are never full and are usually open from May to October. (Check here for accurate times and dates)
Canada offers the most amazing National Parks that are worth taking a trip to. I’ve only mention 2 out of 148 National Parks that the 2017 Discover Pass provides! I know half of the year is already over, but it’s never too late to plan your next trip to Canada and enjoy the beauty that this country provides. As a proud Canadian myself, I joined up with Radisson to gift one of my lucky readers a chance to celebrate Canada’s 150 by giving away ONE FREE NIGHT STAY to any Radisson Hotels in Canada!
- Choose a hotel location you would like to stay by clicking here
- Share this Facebook Post and tag @Radisson
- *BONUS* Comment on this blog post and tell me which of Canada’s National Park you would love to visit including your email address
And that’s it. Only 2 simple steps. Easy Peasy! Good luck.
- Sponsored by Radisson but all opinions are of my own
- Winner will be chosen at random as along as all required criteria is met
- Winner will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem their 1 FREE NIGHT STAY
- Giveaway ends July 6, 2017
- You can also save 12% off on a future 2-night stay by visiting radisson.com/canada150 when you book by August 15 and stay by September 4, 2017
- If failure to share via Facebook w/o the proper tags (@Radisson), you will NOT qualify