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Seven Places to See in Canada Before You Die
Our Home and Native Land
Our family never did any travelling when I was growing up so it has always been one of my dreams. I think I am a natural explorer even though I never really venture far from home.
Money can be a big hindrance to travelling but my husband and I bit the bullet twice over the past four years and decided if we were ever going to do it it was best to do it now.
We divided our trip into two adventures. The first. Driving from Eastern Ontario to Nova Scotia stopping in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island along the way. The second, RVing with the in-laws to British Columbia. We saw a lot of places but not nearly enough to say we have seen it all. Canada is so big! And there is still so much to see.
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The more suggestions the better...
What follows are my suggestions for places to see in Canada before you die based on these two trips. If you have been somewhere you would like to recommend then please consider leaving your recommendation in the guest book below or better yet... create a Hubpage and let me know and I will link to it. But make sure you let me know so I can visit too.
A busy but exhilarating experience...
Niagara Falls is a border town which falls on the Canadian side in Ontario and on the U.S. side in New York. There are two sets of falls. The larger of the two falls is on the Canadian side and are called the Horseshoe Falls because of its curved resemblance to a horseshoe.
Must see attractions at Niagara include:
Niagara Falls In Pictures - Just a glimpse of what awaits you in Niagara Falls, Ontario.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Read About Niagara Falls - Explore through reading...
Of course it is always nice to see things first hand but it is not always realistic. Here are a few options from Amazon to give you some mist in your face.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
The Sleeping Giant or Sibley as she is known to long-term residents is a peninsula that hugs the shores of Thunder Bay, Ontario protecting it from Lake Superior. The rock formations on the peninsula resemble a reclining figure with arms folded across its chest. Of course there are many legends surrounding the figure but the most common is from an ancient Ojibway narrative about Nanna Bijou, the Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, who was turned to stone when one of his people was tricked into sharing the whereabouts of the tribe's silver mine.
As part of a provincial park its protected boreal forests and man-made trails provides a home for an array of wildlife from deer, moose and fox to shore and water birds like the heron and loon.
Must see attractions when visiting The Sleeping Giant:
View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay
Stop for a persian from The Persian Man on Balmoral in Thunder Bay.
During low tide visitors to the Hopewell Rocks, in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick can walk out onto the Bay of Fundy floor to journey around these amazing natural formations.
This can be an all day adventure if you arrive early... because it is so busy I highly recommend the earlier the better during the summer tourist season.
Must see attractions when visiting the Hopewell Rocks:
Photos of Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick - Unique formations leave a lasting impression...Click thumbnail to view full-size
Jasper National Park
Every day is breathtaking...
If you long to be surrounded by mountain peaks and exceptional wildlife then you must take the time to go camping in Jasper's National Park, "Canada's largest rocky mountain park". Wake to caribou grazing outside your tent or go and hike a glacier or gaze into turquoise lakes.
Must see attractions at Jasper National Park include:
Jasper and Surrounding Region in PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Not so bad...
The amazing land formations that exist in the badlands of Alberta, especially in the Drumheller area are definitely a must see. As are the Hoo Doos and the dinosaur museum.
Our time here was so short because we did not know better. I would definitely like to spend more time exploring here.
Must see attractions in the Badlands include:
Drumheller in PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Read About the Badlands - It's not a bad, bad, place.
"The longest bridge, the shortest route"
Spanning between PEI and New Brunswick this 8 mile (12.9-kilometre) bridge is a visual phenomenon to see from the sidelines and to drive.
The Confederation Bridge in PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Read About the Confederation Bridge
The Cabot Trail
The circle is complete...
Located in the province of Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, this is one of my favorite places to see in Canada. Water meets land everywhere you look and the land is so incredibly lush.
Must see attractions when visiting Cape Breton Island:
Cape Breton in PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Read About Cape Breton
Canada Travel Wish List
Canada being such a huge topographical area with so much to see, it is not surprising that I have a wish list of places in Canada where I would like to visit but have not been... yet. This is my list in no particular order.
- Montreal, Quebec
- Pretty much anywhere in the North West Territories but especially Yellowknife.
- Anywhere in the Yukon but especially Whitehorse.
- Northern British Columbia.
- Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta.
- Wapusk National Park in Manitoba.
- Polar Bear Provincial Park in northern Ontario.
A Movie Featuring Canadian Scenery As a Character
I loved this movie featuring Canadian actor Joshua Jackson. It was fun recognizes places I have been and seeing new ones.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read my lens and view my photos. I really love hearing from you so please share with us where you have been in Canada and what you consider to be one of the "must visit" places. If you have never been then where would you like to go?