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Top 10 Iconic Landmarks of Canada

Canada, the second largest country in the world, is known for its unspoiled natural beauty, which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. It stretches from the north of the USA right up to the Arctic Circle. From snow-capped mountains to beautiful lush valleys, Canada has enough attractions to delight any nature lover. In this blog, we will list 10 landmarks of this country which  you should certainly consider exploring if you are visiting Canada.


  1. Banff, Alberta

The small town of Banff is one of the most popular in this region. It is about 125 km west of Calgary and is connected by the Trans Canada Highway. This picture perfect resort town is a part of the Banff National Park and is known for its natural beauty which attracts tourists from all over Canada and beyond. Banff is a part of the Alberta Rockies and offers many outdoor activities like skiing, cycling, hiking, climbing, and scrambling. Originally founded in the 1880s, the town also has some historic architecture that visitors can explore. With plenty of restaurants and cafes, Banff creates the ideal setting for a relaxed evening after a day in the mountains. So, if you are skiing enthusiast or a romancing couple, Banff is the must visit place in Canada.


  1. St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The capital and largest city of its island state, St John’s is nothing short of a riot of colors. The colorful houses and buildings in the city add a vibrant energy contrasting the cold and grey weather that the place endures most of the year. And the city folk are no different — they keep themselves entertained with lively cultural life. If you are an outdoor person, visit the neighboring Pippy Park — one of the largest urban parks in the whole of Canada. The park offers several recreational facilities including skiing and walking trails, a full service campground, and 2 golf courses. It also has a protected section for its flora and fauna.


  1. Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Hotel de Glace, located very close to Quebec City, claims to be the first and only proper ice hotel in the whole of North America. It opened its doors to the public in 2001 and has since welcomed over 1 million guests and visitors. The hotel has 44 rooms for its overnight guests but is open to the general public for tours. There are a variety of tours that one can choose from — from champagne packages to the ones that give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the ice details are constructed and maintained.


  1. Haffner Creek, British Columbia

With its stunning ice cliffs, Haffner Creek is a popular destination for adrenaline junkies. There are several bolted mixed routes and pure ice routes at Haffner Creek which are ideal for climbing. The winter months are best time to visit Haffner Creek when the snow-capped scenery is at its best. Although the place is a part of the Kootenay National park in British Columbia, it is best accessed though the Banff National Park in Alberta.


  1. Petit Champlain, Quebec

This quaint neighborhood of Quebec City is one of its most visited, thanks to its colorful murals and historic architecture. During the Christmas season the neighborhood is wrapped in beautiful lights. Petit Champlain is named Samuel de Champlain, the founder of the city in 1608. It is considered to be the oldest shopping district in the whole of North America! Visit the alley near 102 rue de Champlain which has the 100 square meter mural depicting the history of the city. The neighboring Breakneck Steps are the oldest stairways in the city, dating back to 1635. Walk up the steps to enjoy a panoramic view of Old Quebec.


  1. Ice Caves, Alberta

In a country that has a huge snow cover, it is not surprising that there would be several ice climbing trails. The Booming Ice Chasm is such an ice cave in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta. It has very steep ice walls that should be climbed only by experienced or professional climbers. However, because of its easy access, you can visit the place and check the landscape even if you are not planning a climb.


  1. Waterton Lake, Alberta

With a surface area of over 10 sq km, the Waterton Lake stretches from the south of Alberta right up to the state of Montana in the USA. This extremely picturesque mountain lake is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very popular with tourists. The lake is a part of the Waterton Lakes National Park. The best way to enjoy and explore the beauty of this lake is to take the boat cruise. The surroundings of the lake is very well preserved and you can enjoy the surrounding scenery through the several hiking trails. It also has several places to stay overnight — ranging from camping grounds to inns and hotels.


  1. Mount Asgard, British Columbia

The uniquely shaped Mount Asgard is part of the Baffin Mountains in British Columbia. It is a twin-peaked mountain with 2 cylindrical rocky towers with flat tops, connected by a saddle. Rising to a height of 2015 meters above sea level, it is the most popular peak of the range. Named after a Scandinavian myth, the mountain is a part of the Auyuittuq National Park. Mount Asgard is not the most accessible of attractions unless you are willing to go for 2-week long guided trek.


  1. Moraine Lake, Alberta

Moraine Lake is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places in Canada. Such is the beauty of the place that it has featured on the Canadian 20 dollar bills, the Android application of Google, Windows 7 and 10 of Microsoft, on National Geographic, as a background of Blackberry Pearl, and even in a video game! This world famous glacial lake has a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and is surrounded by a pine-covered landscape. As the region is very popular with tourists, you can access the place through several tours.


  1. Niagara Falls, Ontario

Located along the border of USA and Canada is the most popular waterfall in the world — the Niagara Falls. It is made up of 3 falls fed by the River Niagara. Although the falls can be seen from the American side, the best views are reserved from the Canadian side. The falls push a huge volume of water every second creating a roar that can be heard from far away. Take the boat ride which will take you very close to the base of the falls, giving you a feel of the magnitude of the falls. If you are visiting the falls in the summer months, you can stay until sundown when the falls are artificially lit up with colorful lights. And, if you stay until 10 p.m. on weekdays, you can also enjoy the fireworks display.

Originally posted 2017-03-22 08:01:48.

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