Health and Wellness

Whether you’re looking to relieve stress, take part in physical activities to move your body, or help protect nature, check out these Parks Canada-approved ideas to enjoy the benefits of nature and beautiful places to relax and rejuvenate. Go on and do something for yourself today!

Get outside

A healthy body and mind needs fresh air! Soak up that vitamin D and connect with nature. PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription program, recommends spending at least 2 hours a week in nature, a minimum of 20 minutes at a time, to experience benefits to your health.

Visitors ride fat bikes along the beach on South Shore Trail.

Get some exercise

Choose invigorating activities that you can do outside. The benefits of physical activity have been proven – you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy them!

Pick a sport and an amazing place to do it
A couple laughs as leaves fall around them in the forest.

Say goodbye to stress

Relax in the heart of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes. Connecting with nature reduces the effects caused by stress, depression and anxiety.

Try forest bathing
Three people chatting in the pool with a mountain backdrop at Upper Banff Hot Springs.

Relax in hot springs

Enjoy stunning mountain scenery as you take a moment to soak in natural thermal sources.

Feel the benefits of the hot springs
A young woman tries to throw a lasso in front a historic building.

Stimulate your mind

Keep your brain active! Just like our body, our brain can benefit from a good workout. Visit a new destination, or take a guided tour and expand your knowledge of history.

Try a cool activity in a historic site

Improve your sleep

Spending time under the sun makes us feel more rested. Live according to the cycle of the sun by camping outside. You’ll be amazed by how much more rested you feel! All you have to do is choose the type of camping and your destination, or let yourself be inspired by our suggestions.

Connect with your loved ones

Enjoy nature in good company! Head outside for some outdoor family fun. Spending time with your loved ones is good for your mood, stress levels and mental health.

Get inspired by our family-friendly (and kid-approved!) programs
Parents watch their kids play in a large grass field.
A visitor enjoys the views of the Milky Way from the Frenchman Valley campground.

Free your spirit

Spend some time away from noise, lights and crowds to help clear your mind and ground you in the moment. Get in touch with your wants and needs with some quiet self-reflection.

Discover the best stargazing sites

Invest in your health and the health of our planet

Join #NatureForAll, a worldwide movement that inspires a love for nature and supports its conservation. Get all the feels by contributing to the protection of these happy places. Go ahead, get involved in conservation!

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