With its impressive mountain ranges, expansive prairies, untamed boreal forests, arctic tundras, and longest coastline in the world, Canada is one of the best places in the world for outdoor adventure.Canada’s nature attractions are abundant and diverse running from coast to coast.
The Canadian Rockies, British Columbia and Alberta
Best for mountain scenery
Awe and action are sparked by the saw-toothed, white-topped mountains that cross the border between British Columbia and Alberta. In this area, there are four national parks: Banff, which is Canada’s oldest and most popular park, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay. These parks all provide a wealth of opportunities to explore the lush wilderness, with ribbons of hiking trails, rushing white water, and powdery ski slopes that are frequently referred to as Canada’s Swiss Alps.
Another well-liked method to take in the magnificence is by travelling on the Rockies Rail Route, where steel trains chug by sparkling lakes, riots of wildflowers, and gleaming glaciers as they travel east or west.
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Best remote islands
Visit Haida Gwaii, a group of islands located 100 kilometres (62 miles) west off the northern coast of British Columbia, to get a glimpse of the untamed and inaccessible environment of that province. This dagger-shaped archipelago, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is best experienced through Indigenous tours and providers. This is a fantastic way to really immerse yourself in the distinctive culture and environment of the region.
Huge cedar and spruce trees cover the desolate, wet countryside. In addition to sea lions and orcas cruising the waterways, bald eagles and bears wander the old forest.
The resurgent Haida people, who are well known for their war canoes and totem pole carvings, are the islands’ true soul, nevertheless.Check out Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, which mixes some of the best kayaking on the continent with abandoned communities, burial caves and hot springs.
The northern lights
Best nighttime wonder
The majority of Canada’s northern region lies beneath the Aurora Oval, which has multiple active regions in the night sky. Even while high-latitude locations like the coast of Labrador and arctic communities may not seem impressive during the day, at night, the sky is covered in draperies of green, yellow, aqua, violet, and other polychromatic hues that flicker and dance.
Depending on the province you visit, you can view the natural phenomenon in each of the four seasons. Visit Torngat National Park in the Labrador Penninsula during the summer (July to September) to speak with Inuit Elders and learn about the dramatic geology, human history, and customs of this special place.
In Churchill, Manitoba, February and March are the peak aurora viewing months. The knowledgeable tour company Frontiers North will outfit you in the appropriate winter gear before driving you to the best viewing locations in a heated tundra buggy.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Best iconic wonder
The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three falls on the Canadian side, make up the stunning Niagara Falls, the second-largest waterfall in the world by volume and Canada’s most well-known natural attraction. Niagara Falls is situated in the same-named city in Ontario and is connected to the US by several bridges.
Although Niagara Falls creates a lot of noise, their height doesn’t even place them among the top 500 falls in the world.
However, Niagara Falls truly impresses when those enormous muscular bands of water arc over the edge like liquid glass, thundering into the space below, and when you cruise towards them on a boat covered in mist.
Nowhere in North America can match its thundering cascade for sheer volume; every second, more than a million bathtubs’ worth of water spill over the edge.