1. The oceanside views from Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.).
PEI is one of the most naturally stunning and historic nooks of the country. With its oceanside beaches (check out Cavendish Beach) and its lush landscapes, the eastern island is effortlessly charming and romantic.
Lake Louise in Alberta’s Banff National Park is the country’s first national park. The lake’s unique hue of gray-ish aqua is the result of glacial erosion, creating gray rock particles that gets flushed into the water.
3. The glaciers of Kluane National Park in Yukon
The Kluane National Park is home to stunning blue glaciers that expand across 22,000 kilometers. The view is most breathtaking from a helicopter, but most people hike through its trails and even dare to ski off some of its cliffs.
4. The coastal towns of Newfoundland & Labrador
The allure of Newfoundland and Labrador is mostly found in its cute coastal towns. Although the climate is pretty chilly year-round with its high ocean currents, summers in Canada’s northeast coast are cool, easy, and very appealing.
(Above: the coastal town of Norris Point; bottom left: a bonfire off of a Newfoundland beach; bottom right: Fort Amherst of St. John’s Newfoundland.)
5. The Big Muddy Badlands and The Outlaw Trail of Saskatchewan
In Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy Badlands lies a a 60 meter (196-foot) castle of compressed clay (appropriately called “Castle Butte”). The badlands lie in the Big Muddy Valley, a 55 kilometer-wide area formed during the last ice age.
6. The “polar bear capital of the world” AKA Churchill, Manitoba
The shore town of Hudson Bay is internationally known for its polar bears, who migrate toward the shore in the autumn.
Churchill is also one of the cutest towns in Canada because a) they offer a safe polar bear tour where you observe them from a bus called a “tundra buggie,” b) the locals are known to leave their car doors unlocked for others in the event of polar bear attacks, and c) there is a polar bear jail for those who wander into town.
The Muskoka Lakes are one of Toronto residents’ favorite getaways, and also named one of National Geographic’s Best Trips of 2012 . The tranquil waters and the deafening silence of the woods is the kind of escape all city dwellers yearn for.
8. The historic Chevalier House (ou La Maison historique Chevalier) in Quebec
Built by Jean-Baptiste Chevalier in 1752, the monumental 17th century structure is emblematic of whimsical Quebec architecture. Lined with cobblestone roads and European-style houses outside, the grand house has a grand view to the famous Château Frontenac, a famous hotel that stands above the city.
The stunning spring falls turn to ice during the winter months.
10. The sandy dunes of Cavendish in Prince Edward Island
The town of Cavendish, with its reddish sand dunes and quiet cliffs, inspired the classic 1908 Canadian novel Anne Of Green Gables.
During certain times of the year, Pitt River’s basin is a melange of ice fields, glaciers, and mini streams that fall from the mountains. The combination makes this spot quietly magical.
Nova Scotia’s steep cliffs and dense forests overlooking the Atlantic Ocean make it a gorgeous sight in the daytime and a mystical one at night.
13. The Saint Elias Mountains that span from northern British Columbia through southwest Yukon
The St. Elias Mountains have some of the most extensive ice fields in the world, stretching across 235 miles (about 378 kilometers). Some of their peaks stand up to 5,200 miles (about 17,000 feet). While most of the mountains are non-volcanic, there are portions in the western range that are.
Historic Yukon continues to preserve practices from the Gold Rush-era days when they’d paint their buildings in bright colors in order to attract new settlers and visitors.
15. Bay of Fundy Tides in New Brunswick
New Brunswick is home to some of the world’s tallest tides and rock formations. Each of these wonders stands about four stories high.