North American National Parks

Posted: July 25, 2016    Categories:

North American National Parks North American National Parks are scattered throughout the United Steates and Canada. I have set a goal of visiting all 106 places with a National Park designation in the United States and Canada. 59 of which are in the US National Park system and 47 in Canada.

To make the quest somewhat reasonable, I am only including places with the designation of a “national park”. That excludes places such as national historic sites, national preserves, national monuments and other similar sites.

For the purposes of this project, I am only including national parks which I have visited since March 2007, when I began my full-time travels. Since 2007, I have visited 68 of the 104 North American national parks, including the 3 that I have previously visited before 2007.

Some national parks are trivial to visit and it is just a matter getting in a car and driving. Some are extremely difficult to visit and require backcountry hiking to get to them. Likewise, the nature of each visit is determined by the park. Some national parks are easily visited in a single day, whereas others may take several days to explore properly.


    North American National Parks 2016

  1. Terra Nova, Newfoundland (Canada #23)
  2. Kenai Fjords, Alaska (US #42)
  3. Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska (USA #41)
  4. Prince Albert Saskatchewan (Canada #22)
  5. Glacier Bay, Alaska (USA #40)
  6. Katmai, Alaska (USA #39)
  7. Lake Clark, Alaska (USA #38)
  8. Denali, Alaska (USA #37)
  9. Gates of the Arctic, Alaska (USA #36)
  10. Kobuk Valley, Alaska (USA #35)
  11. Rocky Mountain, Colorado (USA #34)
  12. Great Sand Dunes, Colorado (USA #33)
  13. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado (USA #32)

  14. North American National Parks 2015

  15. Torngat Mountains, Labrador (Canada #21)
  16. Fundy, New Brunswick (Canada #20)
  17. Prince Edward Island, PEI (Canada #19)
  18. Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick (Canada #18)
  19. Dry Tortugas, Florida (USA #31)
  20. Biscayne, Florida (USA #30)
  21. Shenandoah, Virginia (USA #29)
  22. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio (USA #28)
  23. Joshua Tree, California (USA #27)
  24. Hot Springs, Arkansas (USA #26)

  25. North American National Parks 2014

  26. Badlands, South Dakota (USA #25)
  27. Wind Cave, South Dakota (USA #24)
  28. Mount Rainier, Washington (USA #23)
  29. North Cascades, Washington (USA #22)
  30. Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia (Canada #17)
  31. Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia (Canada #16)
  32. Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia (Canada #15)
  33. Glacier, British Columbia (Canada #14)
  34. Kootenay National Park, British Columbia (Canada #13)
  35. Yoho National Park, British Columbia (Canada #12)
  36. Nahanni, Northwest Territories (Canada #11)
  37. Wood Buffalo, Alberta (Canada #10)
  38. Elk Island, Alberta (Canada #9)
  39. Jasper, Alberta (Canada #8)
  40. Waterton Lakes, Alberta (Canada #7)
  41. Grasslands, Saskatchewan (Canada #6)
  42. Riding Mountain, Manitoba (Canada #5)
  43. Voyageurs, Minnesota (USA #21)
  44. Isle Royale, Michigan (USA #20)

  45. North American National Parks 2012

  46. Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia (Canada #4)
  47. Bryce Canyon, Utah (USA #19)
  48. Zion, Utah (USA #18)

  49. North American National Parks 2011

  50. Kluane, Yukon (Canada #3)

  51. North American National Parks 2010

  52. Gros Morne, Newfoundland (Canada #2)

  53. North American National Parks 2009

  54. Mammoth Cave Park, Kentucky (USA #17)
  55. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee (USA #16)
  56. Everglades, Florida (USA #15)
  57. Guadalupe Mountains, Texas (USA #14)
  58. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (USA #13)
  59. Mesa Verde, Colorado (USA #12)
  60. Grand Canyon, Arizona (USA #11)
  61. Death Valley, California (USA #10)
  62. Yosemite, California (USA #9)
  63. Redwood, California (USA #8)
  64. Olympic, Washington (USA #7)
  65. Banff, Alberta (Canada #1)
  66. Glacier, Montana (USA #6)
  67. Grand Teton, Wyoming (USA #5)
  68. Yellowstone, Wyoming (USA #4)
  69. Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota (USA #3)

  70. North American National Parks 2007

  71. Haleakala, Hawaii (USA #2)
  72. Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii (USA #1)

North American National Parks Visited Prior to 2007

I will be revisiting these parks in the course of this project

  1. Crater Lake, Oregon
  2. Pinnacles, California
  3. Lassen Volcanic Park, California

National Parks Yet To Visit

Canadian National Parks

  1. Mealy Mountains, Labrador
  2. Wapusk, Manitoba
  3. Aulavik, NWT
  4. Nááts’ihch’oh, NWT
  5. Tuktut Nogait, NWT
  6. Sable Island, Nova Scotia
  7. Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia
  8. Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia
  9. Auyuittuq, Nunavaut
  10. Quttinirpaaq, Nunavut
  11. Sirmilik, Nunavut
  12. Ukkusiksalik, Nunavut
  13. Qausuittuq, Nunavut
  14. Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
  15. Georgian Bay Islands, Ontario
  16. Point Pelee, Ontario
  17. Pukaskwa, Ontario
  18. Rouge, Ontario
  19. Thousand Islands, Ontario
  20. Forillon, Quebec
  21. La Mauricie, Quebec
  22. Mingan Archipelago, Quebec
  23. Ivvavik, Yukon
  24. Vuntut, Yukon

United States National Parks

  1. American Samoa, American Samoa
  2. Saguaro, Arizona
  3. Petrified Forest, Arizona
  4. Channel Islands, California
  5. Kings Canyon, California
  6. Sequoia, California
  7. Acadia, Maine
  8. Great Basin, Nevada
  9. Congaree, South Carolina
  10. Big Bend, Texas
  11. Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands
  12. Arches, Utah
  13. Canyonlands, Utah
  14. Capitol Reef Utah