The 10 Most Breathtaking Places in Canada
Oh, Canada. Our home and native land. To put it simply there’s no other place quite like it. From the west coast to the east, Canada is a beauteous land possessing almost every type of natural scenery. It may seem like a challenge to list only 10 amazing locations to see in Canada, but as Canadians ourselves, we’re not likely to back down from a challenge. Here are some the most stunning, most inspiring, and the most breathtaking places to see in all of Canada.
- Georgian Bay, Ontario
Georgian Bay deserves a spot on our list for several reasons. The first of which is that it holds the title of being the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. The second reason is that it is home to scenery so beautiful and so stunning you’ll wish you had an extra pair of eyes. The 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay are part of the Canadian Shield (or Precambrian Shield for those of you who haven’t taken Geography in while) and is thought to be the eroded roots of an ancient geological formation, the Grenville Mountain Range.
Aside from all of its fun facts, The Bay provides a nearly endless amount of fun for intrepid adventure-seekers like yourselves. There are numerous provincial parks to explore such as Killbear Provincial Park, Awenda Provincial Park, and Killarney Provincial Park where you can go camping and catch fish. There are nearly endless stretches of navigable waterways in which to canoe, kayak and sail. There are also several noteworthy dining locations like The Craganmor Point Resort and the very famous Henry’s Fish House (where you can order all-you-can-eat pickerel).
Georgian Bay is an amazing destination for some summer fun and is sure to be an experience you will never forget.
- Banff National Park & Lake Louise, Alberta
No list of breathtaking Canadian locations would be complete without mentioning Banff, Alberta. Banff is a hugely popular destination in both the winter and summer months. If there’s an outdoor activity you love, Banff National Park and Lake Louise have the best possible version of it. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, climbing, rafting, golfing, horseback riding, or sightseeing, Banff National Park will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t ever forget.
There are also over a hundred hotels, B&Bs, lodges, and campgrounds at which to stay. Experience the grand majesty of the Rocky Mountains, and all that Banff National Park has to offer. Truly a must-see for everyone.
- Bay of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy is home to one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Canada, as it has the largest tidal range anywhere in the world. During low tide vast portions of the sea-side wall are exposed, allowing people to walk around an area that will be covered in 30-feet of water in a matter of hours. As far as national parks go, it’s hard to beat the rugged coastline and hiking trails of this gorgeous landscape. There are over 25 waterfalls that lie within the Acadian forests of this national park, and ample opportunity to canoe and kayak the shores at high tide. The Bay of Fundy is a quintessential part of Canada’s natural beauty.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge, British Columbia
Drawing over 800,000 visitors each year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is 170m long, and lies 70m above the Capilano River. Trekking over the bridge amidst the rainforest canopy is a truly singular experience, and most definitely a breathtaking journey. Parks like this are few and far between, so if you’re in Canada and travel is on your mind, be sure to check out this spectacular achievement of human engineering.
- Dempster Highway, Northwest Territories
Dempster Highway is a 736 km roadway that stretches from Dawson, YK to Inuvik, NWT. It was originally built in 1959 to act as a supply link for oil operations in the area and includes some truly gaze-worthy scenery. It maintains a spot on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason. This near 740 km journey contains amazing views, but also presents a serious challenge. Any road-goer must treat this journey with respect if they’re to make it to their destination safely.
- Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne National Park is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada and home to some seriously jaw-dropping natural beauty. Take a canoe or kayak through the fjord of Western Brook Pond, or make the climb up to Gros Morne Peak (name meaning “Great Sombre”) and take in the gorgeous majesty of your surroundings. Whatever you decide one thing is for sure, you’re not likely to find any Ontario parks that match this park’s particular brand of beauty.
- Forillon National Park, Quebec
If you have a desire to find the most beautiful spots in Canada a map or picture just won’t do, you have to see the land for yourself. Forillon National Park is one such place that you simply have to see in order to appreciate its breathtaking beauty. Situated along the Gaspé Peninsula Forillon Park in Quebec covers 244 square kilometers that include ocean coastlines, forests, sand dunes, salt marshes, cliffs, and the easternmost end of the Appalachian mountains. It is truly one of the most spectacular natural views Quebec has to offer. For anyone who appreciates gorgeous landscapes, Forillon National Park is a must-see.
- Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Cabot Trail is a scenic stretch of road that loops around the northern tip of Nova Scotia. It traverses through the Cape Breton Highlands and lays claim to some of the most awe-inspiring ocean views anywhere in Canada. To completely experience the Cabot Trail it's highly recommended you spend time in all the quaint towns, sample the culture, the amazing seafood, and try to make it at least a three day adventure. You can explore the Cape Breton Highlands and its numerous campsites, enjoy breathtaking scenery, and sample what is widely considered to be the best lobster in the world.
Algonquin Park, Ontario
In terms of sheer size and variety, there is no better place to canoe, kayak, or go camping in Ontario than in Algonquin Park. Widely regarded as the best camping in Ontario, Algonquin Park covers an area of 7,653 square kilometres. To put that in perspective it’s about a ¼ of the size of Belgium. The park is home to over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 km of streams and rivers. Relatively close to the big city, Algonquin Park is probably the best option for authentic camping near Toronto.
The sheer scope of this massive park and the natural beauty it holds makes it an experience you don’t want to miss. Summer is the best time to go and check out the wildlife and see all there is, from a Canada goose to a mountainous moose, Algonquin has a diverse range of fauna. So gather your friends, strap the canoe to the car, and see what fun times await you in Algonquin Park.
- Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
If you steer your way to Grasslands National Park you’ll find a magical land replete with gorgeous scenery. It’s now home to a thriving herd of Plains Bison (having been reintroduced to the area in 2006 as part of a species rehabilitation initiative) and is also a dark-sky preserve to allow nocturnal wildlife to thrive and grow. A great place to go camping and gaze out at the stars, Grasslands National Park may take the final spot on our list, but it’s a worthy inclusion.
Canada is Eh-mazing!
While the locations on our list are certainly breathtaking, we’ve only covered a small portion of all the incredible places this great nation has to offer. Canada’s geography is as diverse as her people, and that’s something of which to be enormously proud. Canada Day may only come once a year, but being Canadian is a privilege we get to live every day, and we wouldn’t have it any other way, eh.