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Heading to a Canadian National Park? You’re in luck! They are a great place to be during the summer. This post will prepare you on what to pack from head to toe!
Packing for Canadian National Parks
Written By: Julia K
The climate at Canadian National Parks can be somewhat unpredictable, even during the summer. From sunny, hot, and humid, it can turn to rainy and chilly in no time.
Tip: Read up on notices in the area you’re planning to visit. Sometimes a park can be closed for some reason, like a landslide. Avoid disappointment by calling ahead!
It’s a good idea to pack fitted clothes–not too loose and not too tight. If they’re too tight, you’re going to be constrained in your movements. If they’re too loose, you’re going to be sweating bullets and getting snagged in branches or collecting dirt.
Here’s what you need to have a headache-free, nature watching hike:
- Mixed fabric cotton and nylon t-shirts: black and white, preferably a crew neck
- Long sleeve t-shirt with moisture control
- Long sleeve t-shirt, preferably cotton
- A warm cardigan or sweater for evenings as temperatures drop significantly
- A lightweight, waterproof windbreaker
Tip: If you’re going to the mountainside, check the forecast frequently. The weather could change every 30 minutes!
- Moisture-control pants. Remember to cover all of your body when going on a hike! Bugs are a buzz kill when wearing shorts. You can roll up the pant legs for a bit of air flow if you’re too hot.
- Shorts to walk around in your hotel.
- Avoid jeans and cotton leggings for hiking as they tend to cling close to the body and dry slowly.
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- Comfy clothes to wear around the cottage
- Maybe a pair of flip-flops to wear inside
- A swimsuit, if your accommodation has a hot tub
- Pajamas. These can be the t-shirt mentioned above and cotton leggings
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- A whistle, in case you get lost
- Bug spray
- Bear spray
Bear, moose, and deer occurrences during summer are more frequent than not. Don’t take pictures or videos of nearby wild animals larger that a rabbit; think about your safety first. Read up on how to escape and what not to do during a random meet up!
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- A leak-free water bottle
- GoPro camera or regular camera
- A small backpack to carry everything
- Snack bar(s), depending on how hungry you get during hiking
- A plastic bag for trash. Don’t leave anything behind, as it attracts animals!
- A hat to protect your face from the sun
- Sports bras and seamless moisture-control underwear
- Sunglasses with good coverage
- Sunblock. Even if you’re in a forest, there are patches of sun here and there, and when walking among the mountains, the sun can be especially strong. Protect your skin at all times!
Tip: If you see a pathway that looks like a clear path but is too narrow to be used by a human, walk away immediately. It might be a moose pathway; they are territorial and aggressive.
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- Sweat-free, closed walking shoes. You don’t want debris, stones, sand, or bugs, mingling with your toes!
- Don’t wear flip flops or sandals (except maybe in your lodging). New Balance sneakers, Sketchers GOwalks, or Merrells are good options.
- Moisture-wicking thick socks. Thin socks will get soaked fast and might cause blisters or athlete’s foot if you’re walking for a long time.
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Canada’s nature is breathtaking when it comes to hiking. Pack well and stay safe!
What are your packing tips when visiting Canadian National Parks in the summer? Share them below!
For more Canada packing tips, please read:
- How to Pack for Toronto
- What to Pack for Newfoundland
- What to Wear in Montreal in Winter
- What to Wear in Vancouver
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Canada (Country Guide)
- Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies (Travel Guide)
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Author Bio: Julia K is a travel blogger who believes in utilizing every item in her luggage 101%. When at home, she likes to explore what’s new in the world of travel fashion, food, and travel gadgets. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.