Canada is home to many beautiful landmarks and attractions that draw thousands of visitors each year. Stunning landscapes and amazing natural wonders like the Bay of Fundy and Horseshoe Falls are awaiting nature lovers who visit this beautiful country. Man-made spectacles are abundant as well-the Big Nickel, Confederation Bridge, and CN Tower are all marvels of human ingenuity. Keep reading to find out more fun areas to visit while on your Canadian vacation.
Stanley Park Hollow Tree
Located in Vancouver, the Stanley Park Hollow Tree is a 700-800 year-old Western Red Cedar Stump. The stump has been a popular tourist attraction ever since its original preservation in 1910. Although it was badly damaged during a storm in 2006, concerned citizens formed the "Save The Hollow Tree" foundation and managed to keep the stump standing through private donations. It is about 17 metres tall.
- Conservation of the Hollow Tree in Vancouver's Stanley Park (PDF)
- Top Ten Endangered Sites: Hollow Tree (Stanley Park)
Measuring 9 metres in diameter, this replica of a 1951 nickel is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Coin. It was modeled on a specialty nickel designed by the Royal Canadian Mint in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the element nickel. It is located at the Dynamic Earth Science Museum in Sudbury, Ontario. Access to the nickel is free and visitors can enjoy a nearby walking trail, playground, and picnic area.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is a 270 km stretch of beach between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It is widely known for having the highest tides in the world, and over 100 tonnes of water flow through the Bay during each tide cycle. Every day visitors can expect to see two high and low tides with about six hours between them. Several different tidal effects are visible at the bay, including whirlpools, rips, and vertical tides.
- The Phenomenal Bay of Fundy
- Bay of Fundy: The Highest Tides in the World
- Bay of Fundy: World's Highest Tides
The Confederation Bridge is a 12.9 km structure joining the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. It is the longest bridge in the world to pass over ice water. It takes no more than fifteen minutes to cross and travelers can enjoy beautiful scenic views. It is thought to be one of Canada's top engineering achievements.
Chateau Lake Louise
The Chateau Lake Louise is a historic hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Louise in Alberta. It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the turn of the 20th century. Originally designed as a summer resort, it has since been winterised and offers ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and ice sculpture contests. The draw of this hotel is its unique incorporation of nature: the beautiful lake and pristine landscapes were eventually incorporated into Banff National Park.
Standing 553 metres tall, downtown Toronto's CN Tower has been named the world's tallest tower and the world's tallest freestanding structure. It was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 1995. Visitors can expect to walk on a glass floor, tour the Sky Pod, or walk along the edge of the tower while attached to a cable-known as the EdgeWalk attraction. The tower also hosts a revolving restaurant, as well as a bistro and café.
Saint Joseph's Oratory
Saint Joseph's Oratory on top of Mount Royal in Quebec is known as the world's largest shrine dedicated to St. Joseph. The 97-metre tall dome is second only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Visitors can take part in tours, exhibits, concerts, and other activities. The oratory seats 2200 and hosts over two million visitors each year.
- St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal
- A Spiritual Heritage With Many Faces
- St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Located in Quebec City, Quebec, the Chateau Frontenac is known as the most photographed hotel in the world due to its massive size. It offers 613 suites and guest rooms. Designed by architect Bruce Price in 1893, the hotel has been featured in several movies and a book. It was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.
- Chateau Frontenac National Historic Site of Canada
- Historic Hotels: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
- Chateau Frontenac History
Niagara Falls - Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, is located between Table Rock and Goat Island. The brink of the falls measure 792.4 metres with a height of 50.9 metres. It churns over 2,271,247 litres per second! About 90% of the falls flow on the Canadian side while 10% is on the American side.
Located on Crown Island and overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is home to the Canadian Parliament, the House of Commons, and the Senate. The three Gothic Revival-style buildings are free to tour and attract over 3 million visitors per year. The architecture of the buildings feature over 370 gargoyles, friezes, and carvings. The Peace Tower is 92.2 metres tall and feature 53 bells.
By: Walter Zeiss