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The 5 Most Beautiful Vistas Canada Has to Offer

The 5 Most Beautiful Vistas Canada Has to Offer

The 5 Most Beautiful Vistas Canada Has to Offer
November 19
16:48 2012

Canada’s natural wonders are so prolific that it’s a hard push to whittle them down to just ten. If you’re looking for gorgeous vistas and untouched, sparsely-populated land, Canada has these in spades. This country – the second largest in the world – doesn’t have a lot of publicity for its fantastic, natural landscape. Those who’ve experience Canada for themselves, hold its vistas in high regard. Can you name any natural wonders in Canada?

Churchill, Manitoba

Nicknamed ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World,’  Churchill has attracted some tourism over the past few years, due to its popularity with the world’s largest carnivore. Fortunately, the town, Manitoba, is well-equipped to deal with these white-fleeced fellows, and the residents have their own tractor-wheeled tundra buggies!

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Churchill, Manitobaucumari / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Migrating by the hundreds, they wash up in Churchill state in the autumn. By late August and from December to April, you can see another world wonder: the Northern Lights.

Thousand Islands

Names can be deceiving, and the Thousand Islands actually add up to 1,793 in total. In the St Lawrence River, you’ll find a surprising landmark: Boldt Castle. Built on Heart Island, this charming castle rests just above the waterline, looking as if it’s about to float off to sea.

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Thousand IslandsAd Meskens / Foter / CC BY-SA

At the turn-of-the-century, George Boldt decided to build a castle as a display of love for his wife, Louise. Unfortunately, in 1904, before the castle was completed, Louise died at the age of 42 and broken-hearted Boldt ordered all construction to be halted. Since 1977, millions of dollars have been poured into the castle to rehabilitate and restore it to glory.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Sculpted by wind and water into magnificent shapes, this landscape is a barren and terracotta vista, but it yields some of the best fossils known to the world.

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Dinosaur Provincial ParkJoanne Merriam / Foter / CC BY-SA

One of the finest excavation sites in the world, Dinosaur Provincial Park has a wealth of prehistoric bones, and the nearby Royal Tyrrell Museum displays more than 130,000 of these fossils for palaeontology lovers to enjoy.

Cathedral Grove

Not really a grove, so much as a forest of giants, this collection of ancient, Douglas fir – known as Cathedral Grove – reaches heights of 76.2 metres and nine metres circumference.

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Cathedral GroveLaríssa / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

These trees are not climbing-friendly, yet activists have occupied a treetop platform to protest the opening of a new parking lot. People love these trees so much that it’s tradition to give them a hug.

Niagara Falls

If you haven’t heard of Niagara Falls, have you been living under a rock? Canada’s most famous, natural wonder, this waterfall powers more than six million cubic feet of water over the fall every minute – that’s a lot of H2O.

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Niagara FallsWolfgang Staudt / Foter / CC BY-NC

You can board the Maid of the Mist and explore Niagara up-close, by sailing into the tumultuous waters below the falls. Although this is an exceptionally touristy area, the majesty of Niagara is not to be missed.

Known as the ‘Daredevils of Niagara Falls,’  many people have attempted the drop over Niagara Falls in barrels, rubber balls, and just the clothes they’re wearing. Only some have lived to tell the tale! Find at more at Niagara Falls.

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