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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!

Waterton Lakes

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 Polejust 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!

To Enter:

  • 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.

Giveaway Details:

  • 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

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply JM Kayne

    Wish we’re in Canada now so I could join your giveaway! 🙂 Someday, someday soon 🙂 (*Wishful thinking)
    A few of my friends have visited the national parks & beautiful places you’ve mentioned… and it’s so tempting to get that chance to experience it myself. <3

    God bless!
    JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥

    June 19, 2017 at 2:39 PM
  • Reply edmontonjb

    I would love to visit Banff National Park. I’ve been there before but have not explored nearly enough!

    ~Jonnie

    June 19, 2017 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Sandra Negron

    Wow Canada is so beautiful and picturesque! Def putting this on my bucket list!

    June 20, 2017 at 7:39 AM
  • Reply pacificbella

    Love the pictures! What camera did you use? Looks like you really enjoyed your trip! wish i can go there too~

    June 20, 2017 at 8:35 AM
  • Reply Jess

    I would absolutely love to visit Jasper National Park because it looks totally amazing! 😉

    June 20, 2017 at 2:44 PM
  • Reply Candy

    I have seen so many beautiful photos of Canada’s National Parks and really need to go to some of them. The photos of Jasper National Park look amazing. I don’t mind the long drive as long as it’s a scenic route 🙂

    June 20, 2017 at 4:54 PM
  • Reply Bonnie

    Wow these photos are absolutely incredible! This makes me want to visit Canada even more! Definitely on my bucket list xx

    June 20, 2017 at 7:05 PM
  • Reply 10 Ways to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary * Ginger on the Go

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    June 20, 2017 at 7:08 PM
  • Reply Sheree

    How beautiful is the landscape here!! I’ve been to Quebec, Vancouver, Montreal, all major cities in Canada and not really experienced the nature side. It is really beautiful and tranquil and I would love to visit one day.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    June 20, 2017 at 10:39 PM
  • Reply Lana

    These places are amazing! I love the North beauty of them. All views are breathtaking. Have to visit Canada and all these places for sure
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    June 21, 2017 at 1:10 AM
  • Reply Candace

    I thought we had beautiful nationals parks in the States, but not nearly as gorgeous as these! I would love the opportunity to visit Waterton Lakes with my fiancé, as we both love to hike and I also love breathtaking scenery. I certainly wouldn’t mine the 7 hour drive to the next stop!

    June 21, 2017 at 8:06 AM
  • Reply Chrissy

    This is spectacular! I’ve never been here before, but now I want to.

    June 21, 2017 at 2:39 PM
  • Reply toandfroblog

    This place looks like a little slice of heaven. I miss the mountains!

    June 21, 2017 at 3:46 PM
  • Reply Ashley Kolpak

    I would like to visit Jasper National Park
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    July 1, 2017 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply Josh S

    I would like to visit Yoho National Park.

    July 2, 2017 at 9:20 PM
  • Reply Nancy J Montgomery

    I’ve always wanted to visit Gros Morne National Park.

    July 6, 2017 at 6:39 AM
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