The country where the water never ends
By Victoria Dokun
Did you know that Canada has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined? Canada is also home to the world’s largest coastline (202,080 km long to be precise) stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
Canada is full of stunning outdoor wonders and natural beauty. Here are 7 fascinating places in Canada you should see this year.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario
The Sleeping Giant lives up to its name. While standing along Thunder Bay, you may look across the way and see what appears to be a large figure sleeping, surrounded by almost 100 miles of beauty.
Located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Ontario, the Sleeping Giant is the primary feature of this park. The park is a 94 square mile park located on the Sibley Peninsula in Northwestern Ontario, east of Thunder Bay. The eastern part of the park is lowlands while the western half is terrain composed of cliffs, valleys and the mesa-cuestas (a hill or ridge) that make up the famous and strange Sleeping Giant figure.
Spotted Lake, British Columbia
This one-of-a-kind extraordinary natural wonder is known as one of the world’s strangest lakes. The lake northwest of Osoyoos in Okanagan Valley appears to be any other body of water during the winter and spring.
During the summer, however, much of the lake evaporates, leaving strange circular mineral deposits and a breath-taking landscape. This phenomenon gave rise to the name Spotted Lake.
That’s why some people believe it is “the most magical place in Canada.”
Star Trek Capital of Canada- Vulcan Town, Alberta
Move over, Star Wars fans. Vulcan, has become the Star Trek Capital of Canada, with the annual Vul-Con taking place in July and attracting fans from all over the world.
For many years, the city of Vulcan, located halfway between Calgary and Lethbridge in the province of Alberta, has been known as the “Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.”
The small town of 2,000 people was named after the Roman god of fire, Vulcan, by chance in 1921. A “Welcome to Vulcan” sign can be found on the outskirts of town. Over the years, fans have flocked to the town so they can say they’ve “been to Vulcan.”
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Newfoundland
Did you want to visit France without the transatlantic flight? How would you like to be immersed in the European experience, including culture, food, and language eliminating the long flight? It’s possible.
This magical archipelago is located in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and consists of several islands: Saint-Pierre, Miquelon-Langlade, L’Île-aux-Marins, and other inhabited smaller islands. They are known collectively as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. These landmasses provide idyllic island vacations with French cuisine, boutiques, and a culture that combines European customs with North Atlantic living.
Nature lovers will appreciate the islands’ diverse flora and fauna which they can explorer thanks to a network of coastal trails. as well as boat tours to discover the region’s seabirds, whales, and other ocean species
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Alberta
As a result of the combination of natural beauty and human ingenuity, the Writing –on– Stone Provincial Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2019.
The park is spread across the Prairies, and its stone drawings date back nearly 3,000 years. A visit to Writing-on-Stone park is a must-see destination in Canada for nature, art, and history enthusiasts.
This rocky plain has the largest amount of rock art on the Great Plains of North America so be prepared for a long tour.
Churchill – Manitoba
Churchill is a town on Hudson Bay in the far north of Manitoba, Canada. It’s best known for polar bears that inhabit the area in the fall, and safaris in raised, reinforced tundra vehicles allow for encounters in the wild.
The town of Churchill provides a spellbinding view of the aurora borealis (Northern light) as well as a glimpse into a bygone era. The northern lights are a spectacular display of the Earth’s magnetic field interacting with charged particles from the sun. This results in a stunning display of vibrant colours in the sky.
If you want to see the northern lights, go in the winter, but if you want to go on a polar bear expedition, go in the fall.
Montmorency Falls, Quebec
Niagara Falls, step aside. The cliff where the Montmorency River tumbles into the St. Lawrence is a spectacular 275 feet tall—a height that makes Niagara seem downright diminutive.
Seven miles from Quebec City, you can take in the falls from a cable car or by climbing the staircase by the visitor center. Rock climbers may clamber around the interior of the canyon, rappelling down the rocks to a zip line across the canyon. You can still enjoy the falls even in the winter.
Ready to go?
Discoveries never stop in Canada. Pack your bag and get ready to explore and create your own adventure.