I’ve been lucky enough to visit every province and territory of Canada…and I’ve seen some AMAZING things, both in cities and in nature. Each of these is one that made my jaw drop.

  1. The Bay of Fundy. Hands down, the coolest natural thing I’ve seen in Canada. Tides here rise and fall an astonishing 54 feet twice a day, and you can really see it happening! There are a zillion activities there, like surfing on tidal bores and all manner of boat rides, but for me, simply watching the water swirl in and out from atop the precipice at the end of Cape Split (after an 8 kilometer hike) was amazing, as was walking on the bottom of the ocean at Hopewell Rocks…and returning later to see it full of water. But best of all: Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, where you can see the boats floating in the small marina, go for a drive, have a lobster supper, and return to the marina to see those same boats sitting on the ocean floor. Amazing.

    Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy at high and low tides. © Randall Shirley

    Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy at high and low tides. © Randall Shirley

  2. Niagara Falls. It’s not Igauzu (my all-time favorite waterfall), but the waterfall Canada shares with the United States is a stunner.
  3. Tofino Beaches. Ahh…what’s not to love about Tofino? Well, maybe the difficulty of getting there or the high expense of everything once you arrive, but the beaches are the most beautiful non-tropical I’ve ever seen. Plus you can learn to surf there! Cool.

    Cox Bay Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. © Randall Shirley

    Cox Bay Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. © Randall Shirley

  4. The Northern Lights. This phenomenon may not belong to Canada, but Canada certainly offers many great places to see the Northern Lights! My experience with the Northern Lights was in Inuvik, Northwest Territory – and that’s a place few tourists will make the effort to travel to. A shame really. I went in the dead of winter (mid-January), and had about 19 hours of opportunity every day & night to view the lights! I also did some amazing dogsledding with Judi Falsness of Arctic Chalet – her operation is the only one in the world that takes visitors out with all-white husky teams. Simply dazzling.
    Northern Lights Aurora Borealis at Inuvik, Canada. © Randall Shirley

    Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) at Inuvik, Canada. © Randall Shirley

    White husky dogsled teams at Inuvik Canada Arctic Chalet. © Randall Shirley

    White husky dogsled teams at the Arctic Chalet in Inuvik, NWT, Canada. © Randall Shirley

  5. Three Sisters Mountains. If they look familiar, it’s because they played the title role in “Brokeback Mountain.”  There are a lot of mountains in western Canada. A lot. I can’t claim to have seen them all, but I have seen a hell of a lot of them, and the one spot that makes me stop the car every time is the Three Sisters just outside the gates of Banff National Park, in Kananaskis Country. You can stay in the town of Canmore (lots of good spots to eat there) and stare at those mountains every day.

    The Three Sisters Mountain near Banff, Canada. © Randall Shirley

    The Three Sisters Mountain near Banff, Canada. © Randall Shirley

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One Response to “Best Natural Wonders of Canada”

  1. John Keegan says:

    I am very fond of the Laurentians in Quebec. They are the oldest mountains in the world which makes for charming countryside. You would think you were in the French Alps. The villages and resorts have the most wonderful French cafes and restaurants.

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