When you think of Canada, one cannot miss thinking of some of its iconic landmarks like the Niagara Falls.
And one such amazing structure towers high into Toronto’s skyline and attracts more than two million international visitors to Canada annually. It is, of course, the CN Tower located in Downtown Toronto, Canada. Completed in 1976, this approximately 550-metre high concrete communications and observation tower gets its name from Canadian National – the railway company that built the tower. For 32 years until 2007, the CN Tower held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure. It was the world’s tallest tower until 2009 when it was overtaken by other structures. The CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995.
Here’s our list of some more fascinating places to visit while on a holiday in Canada.
Located on the Niagara River, the Niagara Falls was formed when glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. They form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America that has a vertical drop of more than 50 metres. The three waterfalls are named Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Niagara Falls is famed both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.
Niagara Falls are both a daytime and evening attraction. Floodlights illuminate both sides of the falls for several hours after dark. Cruise boats operate from boat docks on both sides of the falls. Tourists can take the Hornblower Cruises from the Canadian side or the Maid of the Mist from the American side.
Whistler is a resort municipality in the Coast Mountains of the British Columbia province of Canada. It is located on Highway 99, also called the Sea to Sky Highway. Tourists visit Whistler, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in summer for mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler, Canada was the Host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games and has been voted by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s as one of the top destinations in North America.
Mount Logan located within the Kluane National Park Reserve is the highest mountain in Canada. It was named after the founder of the Geological Survey of Canada, Sir William Logan. Mount Logan is believed to have the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth. And it is still rising in height due to active tectonic uplifting.
Many ascents and guided expeditions are conducted by tour operators there as Mount Logan has some of the most strenuous high-altitude climbs. However, going through an endurance training course is a must before going on an ascent climb or an expedition in Canada.
Haida Gwaii ‘Island of the Haida people’ also formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago of over 200 islands off the northern Pacific coast of Canada. Tourist activities on these islands include fishing, tour guides, cycling, camping, and adventure treks.
Visitors can also explore Haida cultural sites dating back thousands of years in Gwaii Haanas. On Graham Island, at the base of Tow Hill is a massive 400-foot cliff called the Blow Hole where great clouds of mist are sprayed when large ocean waves crash into it. The Haida Heritage Centre and the Haida Gwai Museum covers the history of the place and the people through the eras as well as their present way of life.
Across the Capilano River in British Columbia-Canada, is the 140-metre long simple suspension bridge. Originally made of hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks in 1889, it was replaced with a wire cable bridge in 1903 but completely rebuilt again in 1956. At a height of 70 metres above the river, the Bridge draws a massive number of visitors throughout the year even though it is part of a private facility with an admission fee. Tour operators organize a walk across the bridge and treks through the Park. And if you are a pet lover, you’ll be happy to know that dogs on a leash are allowed inside the park.
Another famous landmark in Canada is the Hartland Covered Bridge in New Brunswick which is also a world record-breaking bridge. At 391 m long, it is the world’s longest covered bridge and like all covered bridges it is a ‘kissing bridge’.
Old Quebec commonly referred to as “the Old City” or “Quebec’s Old City” is the historic neighbourhood of Quebec City, Canada. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising of the Upper Town and Lower Town.
Walk along Saint-Vallier Est Street which is the first ever paved road in Quebec, or visit some of its historic buildings. The Château Frontenac is one such historic hotel. It is one of the first completed grand railway hotels and contains 18 floors. Some other places of tourist interest are the Palace Royale, Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-Quebec and the Fortifications of Quebec City.
The Kelowna waterfront park area is a beautiful place to enjoy the scenery of Okanagan Lake of Canada. It is located in the city centre on Water Street and is well equipped with various facilities and landscaped gardens.
Winding along the lakeshore, tourists enjoy going for walks here as the park has a broad boardwalk. The trail connects to the Rotary Marshes wildlife park. There are always celebrations and community events planned especially on national holidays and in the summer months at the Waterfront Park. Check and see what they may have during that time of your visit.
When visiting Canada, a whale watching tour should be at the top of your to-do list of activities. Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy offers the best whale watching opportunities. Whale watching boat tours are found throughout the province. It is quite an experience to see whales in their natural habitat, besides other Atlantic marine wildlife like seals and dolphins. Pods of curious pilot and minke whales are often drawn close to the boats and if the tour operator has an equipped boat, you can even hear them ‘sing’ by listening on a hydrophone.
Twillingate Islands in Newfoundland, Canada, also known as ‘the iceberg capital of the world’, is where tourists come to view icebergs. This is one of the best places in the world to do so. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants come in every shape and size.
These icebergs arriving from the Arctic every spring are extremely huge in size. However, they still have ninety percent of it unseen below the surface. They are often colour streaked, have waterline notches, and may even have large rocks embedded in the ice. Keep a look out for icebergs about to roll or break apart. It’s a spectacular treat for the eyes and ears.
Yellowknife is the capital of Northwest Territories, Canada and is situated on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake. Yellowknife is the best place in the world to view the Northern Lights. It is the natural phenomenon ‘aurora borealis’, caused when electrically charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere. The different colours of the aurora are created when particles collide with different gasses in our atmosphere. The Northern Lights are best seen between late August and mid-April. During a walk around town, look out for the tiny Northern Lighthouses, scattered throughout the city. The caretakers often alert tourist and locals when active aurora is in the evening forecast.
Kluane National Park & Reserve are two units of Canada’s national park system. Located near the Alaskan border and in the southwest corner of the territory of Yukon, 83% of its area is covered by mountains and glaciers which dominate the park’s landscape. Trees grow only at the park’s lowest areas.
Day activities here include boat launches, picnics and camping. Hiking is also a popular activity on the various trails there. Rafting, mountain biking on old mining roads, horseback riding, as well as fishing are also the other activities available in the park.
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