Gorgeous New Canadian Park Opens

Canada has a new national park, and there is absolutely no mistaking it’s breathtaking beauty. It’s traditional name, however, is another story. Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak is actually in two different native languages, Innu and Labrador Inuit. It means “mountains” or “white across mountains,” but it’s okay for visitors to call the park by it’s English name, Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve. Either way, it’s a mouthful.

That doesn’t stop visitors from pouring into this joint effort between the Canadian government and the Innu Nation, which graciously offered free admission for the rest of 2017 as a way to spread the word. It encompasses 4,000 square miles and offers whale watching, camping, hiking, and a look at native landscapes important to the people who lived here way before Canada was settled. A communications officer for the park, Jane Brewer, values that last part deeply. “We’re committed to developing a system of national heritage places that recognizes the role of Indigenous People in Canada, and this landscape is of great cultural significance to Indigenous people in the region.”

Scientists are also counting on the reserve to help protect native wildlife, like caribou, wolves, and black bears, and plans to be open year round for people to come witness these animals in their natural habitats. It’s bound to get more popular the longer it’s open, so if you’re at all interested, we recommend high-tailing it to Canada this year; Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak awaits!