5 must-see places in Canada

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If France has the Eiffel Tower, and Rome has the Colosseum, what iconic tourist spot comes to mind when you think of Canada? Well, because of the vastness of Canada (it is the 2nd largest country in the world, after all), it has countless natural wonders, as well as several awe-inspiring man-made attractions. It’s actually hard to think of just one place or monument to represent it.

So from among hundreds of marvelous sites, we have shortlisted the following five must-see places to start off your journey to discovering your amazing new country:

Niagara Falls, Ontario

This famous tourist attraction is not just one, but is actually three majestic waterfalls located on the border of Ontario and New York (US). Horseshoe falls on the Ontario side offers the best and most expansive views and the most attractions. The place offers a variety of activities: you can take a cruise, sightseeing tour, even a helicopter ride to get a closer view of the falls. In the vicinity are souvenir shops, golf courses, a casino, museums, wine tours, restaurants, and spas. Fireworks light up the sky to cap each fun-filled evening. You can go to the Niagara Parks official site or Niagara Falls Canada to start planning your trip.

Here’s Expedia’s Niagara Falls vacation travel guide video:

Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta

Canada’s first national park is also the largest and most visited site in the country. Its breathtaking scenery, especially Lake Louise’s electric blue waters reflecting the Rocky Mountains and lush greenery, is only one of the many reasons tourists flock to it every year. Banff National Park has a large concentration of wildlife that includes black bears, grizzly bears, bison, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves and bald eagles. It is also a major winter sports area and home to Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Sunshine Village, two of Canada’s most prominent ski destinations. The quaint and lovely town of Banff provides all kinds of accommodation, shopping, and dining options. Know more about Banff National Park at Banff and Lake Louise.com or Canadian Rockies.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at Banff (from the Banff National Park video vault):

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland (UNESCO World Heritage site)

This unique park on the west coast of Newfoundland boasts of an astounding amount of geological diversity – from coastal lowlands to soaring peaks; alpine plateau to glacial valleys; and its pristine lakes, waterfalls and fjords. It is also here that you can see a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle are exposed. It was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1987 as it is “an astounding wilderness environment of spectacular landlocked, freshwater fjords and glacier-scoured headlands in an ocean setting. An area of exceptional natural beauty”. Learn more about Gros Morne National Park here.

Watch this video blog from A for Adventure to see the raw and dramatic beauty of Gros Morne National Park.

CN Tower, Toronto

This tower is a good contender to the title “Canada’s most iconic landmark”. The CN Tower is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto, and is considered to be one of the tallest free standing structures on earth. The tower itself is 553.3 metres high (1,815 ft.) and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It houses a revolving restaurant, aptly named 360, that offers fine dining as well as breathtaking views of the city and beyond. It also has a LookOut and Glass Floor for the more adventurous visitor. The tower is lit in different colors at night, and is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Information on admission rates, activities and events are found at La Tour CN Tower.

Churchill, Manitoba

The polar bear capital of the world is also one of the best spots to see beluga whales, exotic birds, and a grand display of northern lights (depending on the time of year). Churchill is in Northern Manitoba, roughly 100 kilometres from the Manitoba/Nunavut border. While in Churchill, you can also learn about its fur trade history, go kayaking, and hiking. Ready to go see the bears, whales and northern lights? Go to Everything Churchill or Great White Bear Tours.

Sources: UNESCO World Heritage list; 10 places every Canadian needs to visit, Tim Johnson, Reader’s Digest; 15 top-rated tourist attractions in Canada, Lana Law, Planet Ware.

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Did you know that Manitoba is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions to visit in 2019?

Aside from Churchill, Manitoba has its share of natural wonders and landmarks of historic significance. You might want to start your exploration within your province. Travel Manitoba can be your guide.

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