‘Bugski Guard’ National Park lies in the picturesque valley of Southern Bug River in the Mykolaiv region. It was created in 2009 in order to preserve the unique nature and historic-cultural landmarks of southern Ukraine. Soon after it was built, the park gained the status of one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.
The territory of the ‘Bugski Guard’ is one of the oldest dry land sites in Eurasia with its picturesque canyons and rocky river banks, on which hundreds of rare animal species live and unique plants grow (just like millions of years ago). Many of these species are in the Red Book of Ukraine and the European Red List.
Beside its natural significance, the ‘Bugski Guard’ also has important historic value. In earlier times, for example, the borders of Zaporizhzhya, Turkey, and Poland met on the park’s territory. Three fortresses stood here, gazing menacingly at each other: the Zaporizhian Orlyk, the Turkish Golta, and the Polish Bogopol.
One of the most interesting features of the ‘Bugski Guard’ is the Aktovsky Canyon - the only one in Europe whose contours resemble the shapes of the famous North American canyons. It is a unique natural habitat of forest and water ecosystems that supplements the massive duet of peculiar rocks and granite boulders.
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Today, ‘Bugski Guard’ is a real magnet for tourists, photographers, and lovers of extreme sports. One of Europe’s most popular rapids for whitewater rafting is located here. Mountain and rock climbers have chosen the Aktovsky canyon walls as a training ground.
To get to ‘Bugski Guard’ National Park, you need to drive from Mykolaiv to the village Migiya, located near the park, or book a trip via one of Ukrainian travel agencies. Go ahead and see this natural beauty on your own!