10 places in Canada that every Canadian should visit
Canada is a land with many exciting places and great adventures. There is only one problem: choose a destination! Here are 10 places that every Canadian who wants to see the real north should visit – strong and free.
Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta
Situated within the majestic Banff National Park , the area surrounding these two cities is a true miracle in the Rockies. This is a place with azure ice lakes, waterfalls, a rich wildlife (from moose to rams and grizzly bears) and breathtaking grandeur. Stay in Banff, in a busy regional center with classic hotels such as Fairmont Banff Springs , or enjoy the privacy of Lake Louise, where bewitching silence and easy access to hiking trails in the mountains.
Kluane National Park, Yukon
This giant national park, with Canada’s highest peak (Mount Logan, 19.551 feet high), is located in western Yukon. On its territory of 22,000 square kilometers there are blue glaciers, lush valleys and pristine spaces. This beauty can be seen from a bird’s eye view aboard a helicopter or aircraft equipped with skis (which allow you to make alpine landings in the snow). Or, even better, go skiing using the extensive park network of slopes where you could walk days without a soul.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
The park is located on the shores of western Newfoundland, and it is truly a unique place where amazing geological diversity is found (coastal lowlands, peaks, steep cliffs, pristine lakes, waterfalls and even the former fjord, now cut off from the ocean. All this can be seen in just a couple of days. Gros Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a geological marvel; an area where the process of continental drift is clearly visible.
Long Beach, Tofino, British Columbia
Named Outside Magazine’s “Best Surfing City in North America,” Tofino is a beautiful beach town located on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, ideal for surfing and evening outings for nature lovers. Located right in the south of the city, Long Beach is the most mysterious place; wide and very long beach with beautiful waves and bewitching beauty.
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island
It is unlikely that there is a more pleasant place to spend summer days than Cavendish – a beach with reddish sand lining the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with its cool waters, and with dunes and green hills behind. Of course, you will want to stay on such a beautiful beach as long as possible, but a trip to these parts will not be complete without visiting some historical sights nearby, including the Green Gables Heritage Place, the Lucy Maude Montgomery Museum and the home of the island’s most famous fictional character.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
Recently, this place is a serious contender in the competition for the right to be called the new seventh wonder of nature. The ebbs and flows in this large bay that separates New Brownswick from New Scotia is a real sight. In some places, water rises and falls more than 50 feet here. This is best seen in a place like Hopewell Rocks. These are unique stone formations that form towers on land during low tide, but turn into islands when water rises.
Located on the banks of the Hudson Strait, this subarctic city has earned worldwide fame as the capital of polar bears. There are so many bears here that the city even has a “polar bear prison” that keeps wayward animals from walking into the city until they are released into their natural habitat. You can meet polar bears in the wild while walking, as well as from the air or from the side of the ship (local travel agencies organize bold trips to the mouth of the Churchill River in Zodiacs), and this is an unforgettable experience.
The Muskoka Lakes, Ontario
In 2012, the Muskoka Lakes lakes were named the best choice for travel according to National Geographic, and for a long time Toronto residents had been their favorite place for a country vacation, so citizens came here every weekend. And if earlier the opportunity to spend more than one day here depended on whether you had a place near the lake (or access to the place), then recently appeared elite real estate – for example, the lovely JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau – opened the way for those who do not here is the cottage. Shop and eat in the wonderful villages scattered around the region, and then stay long on Joseph, Rosseau, Muskoka or another similar lake.
CN Tower, Toronto
Although the splendor of the records that this tower once held dimmed against the tallest buildings in Asia, this Toronto landmark – the tallest freestanding building on earth in the past – goes 1,815 feet into the sky and is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. And despite the fact that its popularity has already passed somewhat, a visit here is more charming than ever. It has a clear glass floor and additional entertainment such as EdgeWalk – the ability to walk over the abyss on the main observation deck five feet wide, located on the top of the tower at an altitude of 116 floors above the ground.
Being the oldest walled city in North America, Quebec has both European charm and sophistication, as well as the character of French Canada. It is also a place where, as every good Canadian student of history knows, Woolf defeated Moncalme on the plains of Abraham, saving Canada from the British Empire. This city is the birthplace of the magnificent Chateau Frontenac, dishes of Putin, popping horse-drawn carriages on the wide streets, the New France Festival (held in August) and, of course, the world-famous winter carnival, which always has something to do, what to see and try in the capital La Belle Province.