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.
- 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.
- Niagara Falls. It’s not Igauzu (my all-time favorite waterfall), but the waterfall Canada shares with the United States is a stunner.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.