Top 10 Places To Visit In Canada
Canada is a North American country that stretches from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities in the country include Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City and the capital city Ottawa. It is also home to Niagara Falls which is a famous group of massive waterfalls and a huge tourist attraction!
Canada is a great place to visit with friends and family and has many great places of attraction. We have compiled a list of the top 10 places to visit when in the country to be able to get the best Canadian experience possible!
1. Hotel de Glace
Ever thought of sleeping on a bed made of ice? If yes, then book a room in Quebec City’s very own Hotel de Glace. It is constructed every year from more than 15,000 tonnes of snow. The hotel has 36 rooms, a bar and an outdoor spa with saunas. The temperature in the hotel ranges between -3 to -5 degrees Celsius. Guests bundle up in arctic sleeping bags in the night and enjoy a cozy night in the cold environment.
2. Royal Ontario Museum
Being Canada’s largest museum and housing more than 6 million objects, the Royal Ontario Museum is a sight not be missed! Among the various attractions in the museum, there is a 90-foot-long barosaurus, a 900-carat cerussite gem and a rare bust of Cleopatra VII. In 2007, the ROM opened the Lee-Chin Crystal which was designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The unusual, crystal-like design is said to have been highly inspired by the museum’s rock and gem collection. It stands just adjacent to the ROM’s original building which was opened in 1914 and is made of 75% glass and 25% brushed aluminum.
Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British settlement in Nova Scotia. The Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Canadian Historic District. It has not been changed much since it was first established, so its original buildings and public spaces from the 18th century are still in use today. Lunenburg is a small coastal fishing town which was also the launching spot of the famous Bluenose tall ship in 1921. It is also the home port of the modern-day replica i.e. the Bluenose II.
4. Lake Louise
The Lake Louise is situated at the foot of alpine peaks in Banff National Park. It is easily one of the most beautiful attractions in Canada and the best place to experience crystal-blue waters and stunning vistas. There’s plenty to do at the lake which includes booking a serene gondola ride in the summer and ice skating in the winter months. One can stay at the nearby lake resort and enjoy the full experience.
5. Nahanni National Park
Nahanni was the first place in the world to be given UNESCO World Heritage status back in 1978. It features 30,000 sq. km of pristine northern wilderness while protecting the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region and is home to the Nahanni River. The river’s mesmerizing features include sulfur hot springs and Virginia Falls. The park also houses a variety of other wildlife like wolves, woodland caribou, mountain goats, and black bears.
6. National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery features a collection of 36,000 works of art by Canadian and international artists which include The Group of Seven, Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse. The gallery also houses a large collection of indigenous works dating back to 1850 and 125,000 works showcased in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The exterior building which offers a great view of the Parliament Buildings is the work of Moshe Safdie who is a renowned architect.
7. Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Canada’s oldest ballet company and the longest continuously running ballet company in North American is the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Also known to be one of the premium dance companies in the world, it is a great tourist attraction in Canada. Every summer ever since 1970, the company performs for a weekend in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park where one can sit down on their lawn chairs and get their picnic baskets and have a spectacular day out!
8. Niagara Falls
Ontario’s greatest attraction is the Niagara Falls. It is linked with the US by the Rainbow Bridge which overlooks the Horseshoe Falls as well. Elevators take visitors to a lower, wetter vantage point to be able to enjoy a splash of cold water. There is also a Cliffside Park which features a promenade alongside a 520 ft high Skylon Tower with an observation deck.
9. Stanley Park
The nine poles which stand among the tree in Stanley’s Park’s Brocton Point area are impressive works of art and make this park a one of a kind place to visit. The park began collecting totem poles in 1920 but many original pieces were damaged and sent to museums for their preservation. One of the most recent additions to the collection was carved by Robert Yelton of the Squamish Nation as a tribute to his mother, one of the last native residents of the park.
10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Ontario Heritage Site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson who was a slave from Maryland who escaped to Upper Canada through the Underground Railroad in 1830. He purchased land in Dresdon, Ontario and established a settlement that served as a refuge for slaves. Today, the site aims to educate visitors about African Americans who escaped slavery and settled in the area. One should come here to learn more about the history of the place as well as the struggle of those who took refuge there!
The beautiful country of Canada is a huge attraction for both locals as well as tourists. When in the country, one cannot miss out on the list of attractions given. Canada is calling out to you, when are you coming?
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