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From natural wonders to architectural icons, Canada is home to a list of must-visit landmarks that every Canadian should have on their travel bucket list. How many have you already seen? How do you possibly pick which one to head for next?
We’ve paired our list of destinations with some fun, fascinating, and/or kinda weird pieces of Canadian trivia to spark your wanderlust and help you make your decision.
The Badlands’ Dinosaur Provincial Park runs for 70 km along the banks of the Red Deer River and was established in 1955 — its history however, extends a lot further back. Like, 75 million years back to when the sediment that forms the alien-looking landscape was first deposited on the shores of the Red Deer.
Welcome to the only city in North America that’s still walled in by ramparts and a stunning citadel. Quebec City’s centuries-old walls are a Unesco World Heritage site, built by British colonialists as an additional defense against our neighbours to the south following the Canadian victory in the War of 1812. Today, the Citadel is the HQ of our country’s only fully French language regiment.
How long does it take to get from the bottom of the 553-metre-tall CN Tower? Just 58 seconds if you take one of the Tower’s six elevators which each travel at a respectable 22 kmh. Doing the stairs? That take a little bit longer.
Banff National Park’s Moraine Lake sits 1,885 metres above sea level but its elevation has nothing to do with the reason that this world-famous lake is so blue. The colour comes from silt or rock flour produced by area glaciers shifting against lakebed rock. Suspended in the water, the flour reflects sunlight and the lake appears a brilliant aquamarine.
Ever proud Canadian knows that Peggy’s Cove is home to one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world but how many of us know who Peggy is? There are two theories: one is that the name comes from nearby St. Margaret’s Bay — Peggy being a diminutive of Margaret. The other is more romantic and involves a local shipwreck whose only survivor was named Peggy.
Spanning the distance from PEI to the mainland in New Brunswick, the Confederation Bridge is nearly 13 km long — the longest in the whole world. One of the reasons it’s so lengthy is because the bridge isn’t straight. The project took longer and cost more because curves were built into it in order to make sure that drivers kept their attention on the road rather than going on total autopilot like a straight bridge would allow.
Every spring cherry trees bloom in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, making it the ideal season to visit this Canadian landmark. The park also features nearly 30 km of hiking trails and an eight-km-long bike trail that skirts the edges of English Bay. If it’s Indigenous art you’re looking for, the park has been collecting and displaying western red cedar totem poles since the 1920s.
We’d have to be crazy not to give a shout out to one of the Natural Wonders of the World when it’s located right here at home between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Bay has the highest tides on Earth — sometimes reaching up to the height of a five-storey building. How much water is that exactly? About 100 billion tonnes every tide.
Speaking of water, here’s an incredibly wet Canadian landmark that you can sail under, helicopter over, or just stand alongside of and take it all in. Just don’t climb in a barrel thinking you’ll make it over the edge. On sunny days, rainbows are super common thanks to the mist created by the massive, rushing falls.