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You can now take a virtual tour of some of Canada's most beautiful national parks

Canada's national parks may be closed for the foreseeable future, but fortunately, you can still take a virtual tour of them from the comfort of your own home.

Since 2013, Google Canada has been working with Parks Canada to collect imagery from hundreds of Canada’s national parks, historic sites and national marines conservation areas.

Now, you can explore seven natural Canadian wonders — all while still wearing your pyjamas.

Head down to Canada's most southern tip, Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, for a tranquil walk on the sandy beaches.

Or take a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, passing through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Cruise on a river boat through the breath-taking, dramatic fjords in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, one of Canada’s most remote national parks.

Hike through the open, otherworldly terrain in Newfoundland's Torngat Mountains National Park, or take a quiet stroll through the forested trails of Forillon National Park in Quebec.

Have a virtual picnic in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta — the second biggest national park in the world, covering an area larger than Switzerland.

Or — if you're a history buff — explore  the historic trails at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, stopping to admire the reconstructed eighteenth-century stone buildings.

With social distancing measures in place for at least a few more weeks, Canadians still have some time on their hands before they can look forward to leaving the house again.

Fortunately, with plenty of iconic Canadian tourist attractions and theme parks offering virtual experiences, we can still experience the country through our screens in the interim.

Lead photo by

Ken Lund at Point Pelee

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