Great Canadian Parks

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This half-hour series brings the glorious wilderness of Canada into your living room. Journalist and outdoorsman Peter Trueman guides viewers through Canada's most spectacular parks. He reveals their rich and varied history, as well as the many species of plants and animals to be found.

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Algonquin Provincial Park

Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park is best seen in autumn, not only for its colours, but also for its perfect hiking conditions.

Evolution of City Parks

A look at how the city park has changed from the 18th century to today.

Cape Breton National Park

The historic and scenic Cabot Trail surrounds three sides of the newly created Cape Breton National Park.

Glacier National Park

Located in the heart of the Columbia Mountain range of BC, Glacier National Park is the second oldest park in Canada.

Gwaii Haanas National Park...

Dubbed the Canadian Galapagos, the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve consists of 138 islands off BC's north coast.

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Located in the southwest corner of the Northwest Territories, Nahanni National Park Reserve is a world-renowned destination for canoeists and whitewater enthusiasts.

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Comprised of four islands off Newfoundland's extreme eastern coast, Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is an ideal landing and nesting site for two million sea birds.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park features rugged northern terrain set against the immense and unpredictable Lake Superior.

Kitlope Valley Heritage...

The Kitlope Valley Heritage Conservancy in northwestern BC is part of the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world.

Prince Edward Island National...

The landscape of Prince Edward Island National Park varies from sand dunes, beaches, and red sandstone cliffs to salt marshes and freshwater ponds.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, known for its tide pools, is a 73-kilometre hiking trail stretching along the western shoreline of southern Vancouver Island.

Wapusk National Park

Wapusk National Park, near Churchill Manitoba, protects an area of the Hudson Bay lowlands that contain the world's largest concentration of polar bears.

Willmore National Park

Situated in west central Alberta, the landscape of Willmore National Park is typical Rocky Mountain, with foothills and mountainous terrain.

Mingan Archipelago National...

The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve consists of a coastal chain of 900 islands and islets in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Lac la Ronge Provincial Park

Located in northern Saskatchewan, Lac La Ronge Provincial Park is dotted with 100 lakes and 1000 islands.

Riding Mountain National Park

Part of the Manitoba escarpment, Riding Mountain National Park exemplifies the idea of a "wilderness island" and protects a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation.

Ivvavik National Park

Ivvavik National Park is located on the northern tip of the Yukon, bordered by Alaska and the Beaufort Sea. The annual migration of over 160,000 caribou is the park's most breathtaking wildlife event.

Fortillon National Park

Forillon National Park, on the eastern tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, contains rock formations, colonies of seabirds, black bears, and unique Arctic-alpine plants.

Mount Robson Provincial Park

Part of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site, Mount Robson Provincial Park protects natural features such as the headwaters of the Fraser River.

Georgian Bay Island National...

Tiny 12-square-kilometre Georgian Bay Island National Park is made up of 59 islands scattered along the Georgian Bay coastline.

Herschel Island Territorial...

In Herschel Island Territorial Park, nearly 200 species of flowers bloom in the brief summer, some of which are found nowhere else in the Yukon.

Grasslands National Park

After a century of human exploitation, the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem of Grasslands National Park is one of the most endangered environments in North America.

Goat Range Provincial Park

BC's Goat Range Provincial Park encompasses a great variety of life zones, including the Selkirk Mountains, flowering alpine meadows, and pristine lakes.

Wells Gray Provincial Park

BC's Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of the best representations of a full "mountain-top to valley-bottom" slice of an ecosystem.

Saguenay - St Lawrence...

Quebec's Saguenay-St. Lawrence National Marine Park was established to preserve valuable historic resources and a wealth of marine life.

Waterton Lakes National Park

"Land of the Shining Mountains" was how the Blackfoot people referred to the site of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta.

Ts'il?os Provincial Park

Ts'il?os Provincial Park is the fifth largest in BC and is cooperatively managed with the Nemiah Valley Indian Band.

Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park in New Brunswick features hiking trails, waterfalls, and oceanside tide pools.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta is world famous for its 75-million-year-old bone beds.

Sunday April 20, 4:30am
Writing - On - Stone...

The sandstone cliffs in southern Alberta's Writing-On- Stone Provincial Park are home to a large number of ancient petroglyphs and pictographs.

Monday April 21, 4:30am
Jasper National Park

Due to its relative isolation, diversity, and sheer size, Jasper is home to the largest population of mammals in the Rockies.

Tuesday April 22, 4:30am
Cape Scott Provincial Park

Located on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, Cape Scott Provincial Park is a place of extremes.

Wednesday April 23, 4:30am
Hecla Provincial Park

In Hecla Provincial Park, natural and human history are so inextricably linked to the water that it's easy to forget that this is Manitoba.

Thursday April 24, 4:30am
Terra Nova National Park

In Newfoundland's Terra Nova National Park, the ocean's bays reach deep inland. These "fingers" of water are sheltered and shallow, allowing marine life to thrive.

Friday April 25, 4:30am
Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park is located in one of British Columbia's busiest vacation regions, yet has unparalleled alpine wilderness.

Saturday April 26, 4:30am
Point Pelee National Park

Tiny Point Pelee National Park on the southernmost tip of Ontario is best known to thousands of birders, who come every May to observe as many as 350 species of birds.

Sunday April 27, 4:30am
Muskwa - Kechika

Known as the "Serengeti of the North," the pristine wilderness of Muskwa-Kechika in northeastern British Columbia supports the largest predator-prey system in North America.

Monday April 28, 4:30am
Fathom Five National Marine...

Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada's first, contains mythical "flowerpot" rock formations and rare, ancient island habitats.

Tuesday April 29, 4:30am
Aulavik National Park

Located at the northern end of Banks Island in the Arctic, Aulavik National Park is characterized by deeply cut canyons, badlands, a rugged seacoast, river valleys, and tundra plateaus.

Wednesday April 30, 4:30am
Pukaskwa National Park

Pukaskwa National Park is a breathtaking boreal forest wilderness on the northern shore of Lake Superior. The origins of the mysterious rock structures on its boulder beaches remain unknown.

Thursday May 1, 4:30am
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Tweedsmuir is the largest provincial park in British Columbia. Its rich treed valleys provide refuge for a large number of grizzly bears.

Saturday May 3, 4:30am
La Mauricie National Park

La Mauricie National Park is at its most magnificent in the fall, when the Laurentian forests explode with colour.

Sunday May 4, 4:30am
Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park is the "undiscovered" park of the Rockies and shelters remarkable climatic and vegetative diversity.

Monday May 5, 4:30am
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial...

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park's namesake lake is a fresh water ocean that moderates the north climate.

Tuesday May 6, 4:30am
Kouchibouguac National Park

Kouchibouguac National Park is a rich marine mixture of mosaic bogs, salt marshes, tidal rivers, barrier islands, and sheltered lagoons.

Wednesday May 7, 4:30am
Kananaskis Country

Located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Kananaskis represents an experiment in land use, containing protected areas, wildlife sanctuaries, scientific research and recreational areas.

Thursday May 8, 4:30am
Elk Island National Park

Originally established as an elk preserve in 1960, Elk Island is the only completely fenced national park. The park is now sanctuary for 44 species of mammals, including Canada's largest herd of plains bison.

Friday May 9, 4:30am
Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park protects the stunning cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and the oldest forest in eastern North America.

Saturday May 10, 4:30am
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear...

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is Canada's first grizzly bear sanctuary. Over 100 bears prowl the fjords, rivers and forests, and visitors are limited so as not to disrupt them.

Sunday May 11, 4:30am
St. Lawrence Islands National...

A jewel enjoyed by millions of recreational boaters, St. Lawrence Islands National Park is a protected sliver of wilderness in the heart of busy southern Ontario.

Monday May 12, 4:30am
Tuktut Nogait National Park

Tuktut Nogait National Park was created to protect the calving grounds of the Bluenose caribou herd. The park's cliffs and ramparts also provide nesting habitat for many birds of prey.

Tuesday May 13, 4:30am
Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta provides protection for both bison and the endangered whooping crane.

Wednesday May 14, 4:30am
Pacific Rim National Park

In Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, the powerful force of the Pacific Ocean batters lush old-growth forests, steep cliffs, and secluded beaches.

Thursday May 15, 4:30am
Cape St Mary's...

The lighthouse in Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve marks the southwest tip of Newfoundland's colourful Avalon Peninsula.

Friday May 16, 4:30am
Mount Revelstoke National Park

Mount Revelstoke National Park was created to protect the breathtaking wildflower meadows adjoining the Clachnacudainn Icefield.

Saturday May 17, 4:30am
Vuntut National Park

Located in the northern Yukon, Vuntut National Park protects the Old Crow Flats, a vast plain of more than 2000 shallow lakes and ponds.

Sunday May 18, 4:30am
Churn Creek Provincial Park

Only 1.8 percent of the BC's native dry grassland remains. Churn Creek Provincial Park protects this fragile landscape.

Monday May 19, 4:30am
Prince Albert National Park

Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan marks the ecological transition from southern to northern Canada, and contains grassland, aspen parkland, and boreal forest.

Tuesday May 20, 4:30am
Greenwich National Park

Located near Prince Edward Island National Park, Greenwich National Park protects a unique, migrating parabolic dune system and an adjacent "skeletal" forest.

Wednesday May 21, 4:30am
Kejimkujik National Park

Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park is an inland pocket of rich hemlock forests and freshwater lakes and rivers.

Thursday May 22, 4:30am
Auyuittuq National Park...

In Nunavut's Auyuittuq National Park Reserve, the Aksayook Pass provides an ice-free corridor through magnificent Baffin Island terrain.

Friday May 23, 4:30am
Kluane National Park

Located in the southwestern corner of the Yukon, Kluane National Park contains the largest non-polar ice field in the world.

Saturday May 24, 4:30am
Cypress Hills Interprovincial...

Straddling the Alberta and Saskatchewan borders, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is the highest landmass between the Rockies and Labrador.

Sunday May 25, 4:30am
Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is known for the magnitude and visibility of its geologic formations.

Monday May 26, 4:30am
Wells Gray Provincial Park

BC's Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of the best representations of a full "mountain-top to valley-bottom" slice of an ecosystem.

Tuesday May 27, 4:30am
Saguenay - St Lawrence...

Quebec's Saguenay-St. Lawrence National Marine Park was established to preserve valuable historic resources and a wealth of marine life.

Wednesday May 28, 4:30am
Waterton Lakes National Park

"Land of the Shining Mountains" was how the Blackfoot people referred to the site of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta.

Thursday May 29, 4:30am
Ts'il?os Provincial Park

Ts'il?os Provincial Park is the fifth largest in BC and is cooperatively managed with the Nemiah Valley Indian Band.

Friday May 30, 4:30am
Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park in New Brunswick features hiking trails, waterfalls, and oceanside tide pools.

Saturday May 31, 4:30am
Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta is world famous for its 75-million-year-old bone beds.

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