Wonders of Canada

Territory

Wapta Falls
Wapta Falls. / Ge BomfimSilva, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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The second-largest country in the world (by size) has plenty of wonders to offer.

Canada is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories.

Provinces of Canada

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan

Territories of Canada

  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon

Map with the described wonders of Canada

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Canada

Geological wonders of Canada

Niagara Falls

Ontario (and also USA)

The most popular waterfall in the world is 51 meters high and 1203 meters wide. The shape of the waterfall and its proportions have become somewhat synonymous with the word “waterfall”.

Niagara Falls in Canada / United States
Pingualuit Crater (Chubb Crater)

Quebec

Well pronounced and well preserved impact crater, 3.44 km in diameter. Formed some 1.4 million years ago, in Pleistocene. Rims of the crater rise 160 m above the tundra. Depth of crater is 400 m, it is partly filled with 267 m deep Pingualuit lake. Lake water is one of the purest in the world.

Pingualuit crater, Canada
Virginia Falls (Naili Cho)

Northwest Territories

Last primeval large waterfall in North America. Here the powerful South Nahanni falls 90 meters, the width of falls reaches 259 m. Some 120 m tall spire of rock – Mason’s Rock – stands in the middle of the falls.

Virginia Falls, Canada
Mount Thor (Qaisualuk)

Nunavut

Granite cliffs with the possible highest vertical drop on Earth – 1250 meters high, average angle 105 degrees.

Helmcken Falls

British Columbia

Beautiful, powerful waterfall with a 141 m high vertical plunge. Average width – 15 meters.

Helmcken Falls - lower cascade is seen
South Nahanni Canyons

Northwest Territories

Extremely impressive canyons named consequently – First, Second, Third and Fourth Canyon. Haunted place with true stories about the mysterious deaths of gold prospectors.

Nahanni Second Canyon, the Gate
Rabbitkettle Tufa Mounds

Northwest Territories

Two tufa and travertine mounds, the largest is 27 m high and 79 m wide. These mounds have been formed by warm thermal springs (21°C) and consist of numerous smaller rimstone pools.

Rabbitkettle Tufa Mounds
Clearwater Lakes

Quebec

A pair of large meteorite craters – two connected lakes. Diameter of lakes – 26 and 36 km, both created in Permian (290 million years ago). The larger lake has a ring-shaped circle of islands in the centre.

Spotted Lake (Kliluk, Khiluk Lake)

British Columbia

Weird saline lake that contains various minerals. In the summer much of it evaporates, leaving multiple smaller basins – each in its own color.

Kliluk or Spotted Lake
Athabasca Sand Dunes

Saskatchewan

Unique geophysical feature – largest inland sand dune massif in the world, 100 kilometers long. Sand dunes reach up to 300 meters height. Contains 9 endemic plant species what is unique for a location that far north.

Athabasca Sand Dunes
Moraine Lake

Alberta

One of most iconic scenic spots in the world, unusually blue colored lake with surrounding extremely beautiful mountains mirrored in it.

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada
Takakkaw Falls

British Columbia

These are very beautiful falls with a total height of 380 meters and the highest drop at 260 meters.

Takakkaw Falls, Canada
Mont Saint-Hilaire

Quebec

414 m tall mountain with one of the last stands of primeval forest in Saint-Lawrence valley. Mountain has very high mineral diversity, here have been found 366 minerals, many are unique or near unique to this site. Here was discovered poudretteite – seven pieces of this beautiful gemstone have been found on this mountain. Legendary site, known also thanks to frequent observations of UFO’s.

Banff Springs

Alberta

Nine sulfurous thermal springs, contain species of endemic freshwater snail Physella johnsoni.

Liard River Hot Springs

British Columbia

The hot water (42 – 52 °C) of these powerful springs helps to sustain the unusually rich biotope with many southern species that are unusual for this harsh northern area.

Big Rock (Okotoks Erratic)

Alberta

Enormous glacial erratic weighing 15,000 tons, one of the largest known glacial erratics in the world.

Okotoks Big Rock, Canada

Biological wonders of Canada

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Alberta

Badlands in Red Deer River are world famous due to extremely rich finds of fossils, including more than 500 specimens of dinosaurs. Here have been found fossils of more than 500 extinct species of life. An important site also due to biodiversity values, including several species of cactus.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Archaeological wonders of Canada

L’Anse aux Meadows

Newfoundland and Labrador

Remnants of the only known village of pre-Colombian Europeans in America. Possibly established by Norse around 1003. Found remains of eight buildings. Site has traces of additional five – six occupation periods by native people.

Traces of Viking structures in L'Anse aux Meadows

Architecture wonders and sites of legends

CN Tower

Ontario

Communication and observation tower, 553.3 meters tall. This tower was the tallest free-standing structure in the world in 1975 – 2007, it is popular visitor attraction.

CN Tower rises above Toronto
Old Quebec

Quebec

Former center of French power in North America, developed as city in the 18th century. One of the most authentic old towns in North America, once enclosed by defense wall. Two gates and major part of defensive wall still exist.

Old Quebec
Headless Man Valley in Nahanni National Park

British Columbia

Site of legends where several gold seekers died in mysterious conditions in the early 20th century – reportedly, their heads were ripped off. Some link these attacks to the mysterious people called Naha – but this is little likely. Here are reported other cryptids as well, e.g. nuk-luk – man-like hominid and waheela – giant wolves that have a similarity to bears.

Nahanni Valley, Canada. Mysterious events have taken place here
Montreal Olympic Stadium

Quebec

World’s tallest slanted structure and world’s tallest stadium, iconic and visionary building constructed in 1976.

Montreal Olympic Stadium
Le Château Frontenac

Quebec

Possibly the most impressive “château” style hotel in the world, built in 1893. The most photographed hotel in the world.

Château Frontenac, Quebec
Cabbagetown

Ontario

The largest area in North America covered with Victorian housing, built in the 1840ies. This neighborhood of Toronto has rich history of Canadian art scene.

Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Llnaagay)

British Columbia

The largest collection of Haida totem poles in existence, UNESCO World Heritage site. Totem poles are located in their original location, many are considered to be extremely important works of art. Totem poles slowly disintegrate and get overwhelmed by rainforest and thus are on the border between contemporary and archaeological monuments.

Ninstints

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