Next to Russia, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. Filled with bountiful wildlife, mountainous trails, and quaint cities, Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories has something for everyone.
Ontario’s Niagara Falls are definitely a site that needs to be seen, but Canada is filled with so much more beauty than just the Falls. Whether you’re an Amerian who wants to travel up north for some epic hiking trails or a tourist from abroad looking to go skiing in Whistler or shopping in Quebec City, we have 10 of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Keep in mind, Canada is massive and is filled with more than just 10 “pretty” destinations, but if you’re short on time, these 10 shouldn’t be missed.
AUYUITTUQ NATIONAL PARK: NUNAVUT
Granted, Auyuittuq National Park is super far away from the rest of Canada and America, but it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (perhaps because it’s not really touched by human hands?).
Found in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, you can find arctic wonders here like polar bears, glaciers, narwhals, and more. The weather and wildlife can be pretty intimidating up in these parts but it’s a hiker’s dream to see these once in a lifetime views.
ABRAHAM LAKE: CLEARWATER COUNTY, ALBERTA
With crystal clear water and bits of glacier floating throughout, you can find Abraham Lake just north of the Saskatchewan River. Unlike some of the other lakes on this list, Abraham Lake (also known as Lake Abraham) is man-made. However, the color is all-natural thanks to the Rocky Mountains’ glacial lakes.
What’s most beloved about this lake are the frozen bubbles beneath the ice’s surface. Thanks to the methane gas released by dying vegetation, the gas freezes into these wonderous bubbles. It’s one of those things you need to see for yourself!
Not many people have heard of Percé, the small, quaint town in Quebec. It’s home to just over 3,000 people and has the most adorable village that makes you feel like you’re in Europe. Surrounded by the Percé Bay, visitors can get up close and personal with Percé Rock; a massive rock formation that runs right into the bay.
You can also take a trip to Bonaventure Island, which is just three miles from Percé and has mesmerizing cliffs and over 200 species of birds!
LAKE LOUISE: BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA
We’ve all see the stunning turquoise-colored lakes in Banff National Park over on Instagram. Nature lovers travel near and far to get up close and personal with Alberta’s most recognized lakes.
On the border of British Columbia and Alberta, head over to Banff National Park to find Lake Louise. Here, you can go paddleboarding or kayaking on the lake but there’s also a ton of amazing looking points surrounding the lake. It gives traveler’s plenty of moments to get the perfect view. While visiting, you can also stay in the adorable town of Banff with Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade being the only skyline you need.
TAKAKKAW FALLS: BRITISH COLUMBIA
As the second tallest waterfall in Canada, the Takakkaw Falls can be found within the Yoho National Park. Flowing into the Yoho River, the waterfall has three drops to take note of and is pretty easy to get to thanks to a paved pathway.
You’ll be led to a small bridge in front of the Falls, but since you’re in the Yoho National Park, you can also see the Wapta Falls, Lake O’Hara, and alpine cliffs to marvel at.
MILES CANYON BASALTS: WHITEHORSE, YUKON TERRITORY
The Yukon has an incredibly historic background and the Miles Canyon Basalts is a great reminder of that. Created from old basaltic lava, the canyon is a series of rocks that allow the Yukon River to flow beneath it. What makes Miles Canyon a true beauty, though, is the fact that you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Just make sure to do your research on the best time of year to see the Northern Lights. Weather and the number of hours the sun is up can affect travelers’ plans.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: BRITISH COLUMBIA
On the border of America’s Montana and Canada, Glacier National Park can be found with one-million acres of land. There are over 130 lakes to step in, two mountain ranges, and has a deep-rooted history to Native American histories being over 100 million years old.
While there, tourists can see the Glacier Highlands, Rogers Pass National Historic Site, and even take a seat in the various red chairs spread out among the park’s trails, being the perfect place to take a breather.
QUEBEC CITY: QUEBEC
As the capital of Quebec, Quebec City is stunning. Home to over 500,000 Canadians, Quebeck was founded by a French man where its European roots are still recognized today. French is the main language spoken in Quebec, while English is second.
While visiting Quebec, be sure to visit Old Quebec by the St. Lawrence River, the Château Frontenac (a historic hotel with stunning architecture), and the adorable Petit-Champlain district.
TSUSIAT FALLS: BRITISH COLUMBIA
Over in British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada, is Tsusiat Falls. A part of the West Coast Trail, the Falls are massive and can be seen from the beaches, where hikers and tourists can take a break to relax on.
What’s even cooler is viewers can also swim under the Falls, which falls into a pool and flows out into the ocean. Depending on the season, you may even see whales passing by from the Falls out in the ocean. Campers are also welcome to camp out on the beach, but beware because it can get pretty crowded.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK: ALBERTA
As a UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park can be found on the West side of the country in Alberta. This national park is perfect for any time of year. You can ski and snowboard in the winter months and hike in the summer months.
One of the most beautiful parts of Jasper National Park is how secluded you are. You’re in the great outdoors but you must keep in mind the Canadian Rockies are home to many wild animals like bears, cougars, wolves, and more!