When you’re planning your next vacation, don’t underestimate Canada. Especially if you’re into beautiful natural wonders and amazing scenery. I’m Canadian, and what I brag about most is our nature porn. Canada is home to surreal scenery people travel from all parts of the world to see.
I’m talking about jaw-dropping waterfalls, postcard-worthy lakes and stunning glacier mountains. There are several whimsical hotels and gorgeous campgrounds near these magnificent natural wonders, making it easy to plan an unforgettable vacation. Here are 7 sensational sights that will make you want to visit Canada in a hurry:
1. Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada
Niagara Falls is one of the most talked about natural wonders of the world, and seeing the falls is on the bucket lists of travelers around the globe. Renowned for its beauty and breathtakingly massive size, it’s definitely worth the trip to Canada. Flights to Niagara are cheaper than you might expect, and seeing a spectacle such as one of the world’s most massive and powerful waterfalls is definitely worth it. While you’re there, I highly recommend the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tour, which allows you to get up-close-and-personal with the massive falls – truly an unforgettable sight to behold.
2. Joffre Lakes — British Columbia, Canada
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park in Pemberton, British Columbia, contains one lower lake and two upper lakes. All three will truly take your breath away, as they are glacier-fed and a stunning color of clear blue, enveloped by beautiful glacier mountains.
While the lower lake is accessible via a five-minute walk from the parking lot, the two picture-perfect upper lakes are at a higher elevation and are only accessible via a steep uphill hike. After hiking for a couple of hours, you’ll reach the first upper lake, and within another hour or two (depending on your speed), you’ll reach the final lake.
Each lake is different, and it’s worth the trek to see all three. It’s the perfect setting for an overnight camping trip. You can easily complete the round trip hike and see all three lakes in one day, but camping overnight is a serene and peaceful alternative.
3. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Yukon Territory, Canada
You’ve likely heard of the majestic Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. If you thought the last fireworks show you saw was a stunning illuminating show in the sky, just wait until you see the Northern Lights – put on by Mother Nature. Whitehorse in the Yukon and Fort McMurray in Alberta are both great locations to view the Aurora Borealis. The winter is the best time of the year for spotting this phenomenal wonder of lights and colours in the sky. You’ll look up in disbelief to see stunning purples, pinks, reds and greens. Various tour guides will help you find the ideal locations for catching this natural wonder.
4. Lake Louise — Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta is the type of lake you have to pinch yourself to believe you’re really staring at it. The unique color of the water changes from emerald green to turquoise blue, depending on the season and the daylight. It’s a glacier-fed lake that is so gorgeous, it’s been featured on TV shows such as “The Bachelor.”
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an iconic luxury resort hotel with stunning views of Lake Louise and the Victoria glacier mountain. From canoeing and horseback riding in the summer, to horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating in the winter, this area is magical any time of year.
5. Maligne Lake — Alberta, Canada
Another stunning glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies is Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. It’s a spectacular 27-mile natural wonder that sits a tiny but beautiful island called Spirit Island. The color of the water is an amazing vibrant blue, and Spirit Island is one of the most photographed locations in the world, due to its unique, small grouping of trees perceived to be situated directly on the water.
Don’t miss your photo-op on Spirit Island, which is easily accessible via kayak or stand-up paddle board. From spring to summer, boat tours are available from the town of Jasper to Spirit Island.
Jasper also has several beautiful resorts and hotels. Adding to Maligne Lake’s ambience is the presence of the Great Canadian Moose that feeds along the shores by Spirit Island.
6. Singing Sand – Prince Edward Island, Canada
A very unique natural wonder in Canada is what’s known as the singing sand beach. On the beaches of Basin Head in Prince Edward Island, a walk on the beach comes with romantic and mesmerizing music created by Mother Nature. The unique sound when your feet touch the surface of the sand is a whistling-like tune that sounds like faint, hauntingly beautiful singing. On this beach, you don’t have to hold your ear up to any conch shells to get the experience. Scientists still aren’t exactly sure what causes this natural phenomenon, but the signing sand on Prince Edward Island is certainly a bucket-list worthy destination.
7. Hopewell Rocks – New Brunswick, Canada
Every day, 100 billion tonnes of water empty out of the Bay of Fundy, allowing visitors to walk along the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks. At low tide, you’ll see incredible, huge rock formations that look like sculptures in a gallery. At high tide, the water level will rise to completely submerge these rock formations, so you obviously have to go at the right time. Time your tide! The tides at the Bay of Fundy are of the highest in the world, at a height of 16 meters.