Photos: 20 of the most beautiful places in Canada


    Tombstone Territorial Park – You know when the Yukon government advises you to leave a hiking plan with local police before traveling into the Tombstone Park area you’re in for a wild time. This 2,200-square-kilometer (849 square miles) park, located 90 minutes from Dawson City, is filled with rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and wildlife.

    Capilano Suspension Bridge – British Columbia’s Capilano Suspension Bridge is only a few minutes away from Vancouver’s city center. Built in 1889, it stretches 137 meters across and 70 meters above the Capilano River. It’s appeared in several TV shows, including “MacGyver.”

    Prince Edward Island – Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island gained global fame in the years following publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel “Anne of Green Gables.” More than 100 years later, PEI remains as glorious as ever, filled with beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, historic architecture and those rocky red cliffs made famous by “Anne.”

    Nahanni National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, this national park in the Northwest Territories consists of 4,700 square kilometers of deep river canyons cutting through mountain ranges, huge waterfalls and complex cave systems.

    Peggy’s Cove – Famous for its stunning natural scenery, fresh seafood and working fishing village, Peggy’s Cove, in the eastern coastal province of Nova Scotia, is best known for its historic lighthouse, built in 1915.

    Lake Louise – An alpine lake with sparkling blue waters that are as cold as they look, Alberta’s Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, sits at the base of a cluster of glacier-clad peaks. At about 2.5-kilometers long and 90-meters deep, the lake offers paddling in summer and one of the world’s most stunning outdoor skating rinks in winter.

    Avalon Peninsula – Iceberg viewing is a popular activity in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. On a sunny day, you can view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts of the province, including the Avalon Peninsula (pictured). The best time to view icebergs is spring and early summer.

    Fogo Island – For a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador fishing port experience, you can’t beat Fogo Island. The largest island on Newfoundland and Labrador’s vast coast, it’s home to 11 communities and was first settled by the Irish in the 18th century.

    Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls refers to three different sets of falls on the border between Canada and the United States. Horseshoe Falls (pictured) is the most famous. Just over an hour from Toronto, the Canadian side offers views of all three.

    Toronto waterfront – For the best views of Canada’s 553.33-meter-high CN Tower, Rogers Centre sports stadium and the surrounding financial towers, you need to hit Lake Ontario (pictured). Toronto Harbour Tours offer tours for those who want to see the city’s skyline, marinas and surrounding islands.

    Lakes of Saskatchewan – The province of Saskatchewan has more than 100,000 lakes. Otter Lake (pictured) is an excellent destination for fishing, camping, canoeing and, obviously, sunsets.

    Jasper National Park – Canada’s Glacier Skywalk in Jasper, which opened in 2014, is a fantastic place to catch views of the surrounding mountains. Jutting 35 meters out the side of a cliff on Jasper National Park’s Icefields Parkway, the glass-floored observation walkway hangs 280 meters above Sunwapta Canyon.

    Notre Dame Basilica – Located in Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica is one of Canada’s most stunning churches. Completed in 1891, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989. Religious services for multiple high profile Canadians have taken place at Notre Dame, including the wedding of Celine Dion and funerals for prime minister Pierre Trudeau and former Montreal Canadiens great Maurice “Rocket” Richard.

    Sirmilik National Park – Located in Nunavut Territory — Canada’s northernmost region — the 22,200-square-kilometer Sirmilik National Park is made up of rugged mountains, ice fields, glaciers, fjords and river valleys. April to June is the best time of year to visit the edges of the incredible ice floes (pictured).

    Rideau Canal – Historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO site built in the early 19th century, is made up of a chain of lakes, rivers and canals stretching 202 kilometers from Kingston to Ottawa. In winter, a 7.8-kilometer stretch of the frozen Rideau Canal is turned into a skating rink.

    Yukon – Canada’s remote Yukon, the smallest of the country’s three federal territories, is one of the best places in the world to check out the northern lights, as seen here on the Eagle Plains.

    Old Quebec – Founded in the early 17th century, Quebec City’s historic Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and North America’s best example of a fortified colonial city. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, is filled with churches, convents and monuments such as the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac and Place Royale (pictured).

    Whistler, British Columbia – Horstman Hut (pictured) on Blackcomb Mountain, sits in front of Horstman Glacier and Black Tusk Mountain at the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. Less than two hours from Vancouver, Whistler was the site of many events during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

    Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks – Canada’s Bay of Fundy in the Atlantic Ocean is home to the highest tides in the world. As a result, New Brunswick’s incredible, eroded Hopewell Rocks are covered in water twice a day. The time span between low and high tide is six hours and 13 minutes, giving visitors time to stroll on the ocean floor.

    Churchill, Manitoba – Known as the world’s polar bear capital, Churchill is one of the few towns on earth where you can come face to face with the famed white bears in the wild. Each fall, the bears gather along the shores of Hudson Bay as they begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal hunting territory.