The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Canada. Photos and a brief description.
Canada ranks second in the world in terms of area. There are many rivers, lakes, and forests occupy almost half of the country's territory. This country also has a rich history. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are many different tourist attractions in Canada. Conventionally, they can be divided into two types: natural and historical. Natural, first of all, include numerous national parks. Flora and fauna in them has been preserved almost in its original form. It also includes rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Historical tourist attractions are museums and places where memorable events took place. As well as temples, churches and various architectural structures.
35 Top Tourist Attractions in Canada
It is located on the border of two countries: Canada and the USA. The part that is located on Canadian territory is shaped like a horseshoe. Often this waterfall is called that. It is considered the most powerful in North America. Every year, the Horseshoe takes from 8 cm to 2 m of Canadian territory. To stop this process, a whole system of canals and drainage systems has been created.
Parliament Hill (Ottawa)
Located on the south bank of the river in Ottawa and is the heart of the city. It is a symbol of national revival. It is an architectural complex in which the highest authorities of the country sit. Initially, the central part was built in the 19th century, but later there was a fire and it was destroyed. In 1922 the complex was restored. Its highest part is called the Peace Tower. It is dedicated to the Canadians who died during the First World War.
Stanley Park (Vancouver)
Located on a peninsula. It is washed by the waters of the English Bay, Vancouver Harbor. The park borders downtown Vancouver. It was opened in 1888, named after the 6th Governor General of Canada. The area of the park is more than 400 hectares. Most of it is occupied by forests that are over a hundred years old. There is also a miniature railway, a summer theater, tennis courts and a golf course, monuments and sculptures, the Vancouver Aquarium on the territory.
Granville Island (Vancouver)
This is the mall in Vancouver. It is here that a huge market is located where you can buy clothes, food, wood products, fish and much more. In fact, this is not an island, but a peninsula. It is located under the Granville Street Bridge, next to Falls Creek. There is also a water park, which is the most tourist popular and largest in British Columbia.
A mountain located in Montreal. It has 3 peaks, the highest point is 233 meters. The mountain is located between the Appalachians and the Laurentian Uplands. In 1876 a park was formed here. Another tourist attraction is the Cross on Mont-Roal. The first version of the Cross was installed back in 1643 as a token of gratitude to the Virgin Mary. Also here is the Oratory of St. Joseph, which is a place of Catholic pilgrimage.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel
The castle is one of the symbols of the province of Quebec. Built and opened in 1893. Later it was rebuilt several times. In 1981, it was included in the list of National Historic Places. The author of the project is the American architect Bruce Price. It was here that Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt negotiated in 1943. Now the castle houses a hotel, which is considered one of the most photographed in the world.
CN Tower (Toronto)
The tower was built in 1975 and is a symbol of Toronto. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It is also one of the seven engineering wonders of the world today. The tower is used for telecommunication needs, there is an observation deck and a revolving restaurant. The observation deck is very popular among tourists. Its floor is made of thick tempered glass. This allows you to walk over the city.
Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
The Cathedral is located in the historic center of Montreal on Place d'Armes. The first version was built in 1672. But the modern version of the basilica was built in the 19th century. The author of the project was the Protestant architect James O. Donnell. At that time, the temple became the largest religious building in North America. Unfortunately, in 1978 the basilica chapel was badly damaged by fire. It was restored, but with changes.
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Located on Mount Royal in Montreal. About 2 million people visit it every year. This place is very popular among Catholics. The oratory was built in 1924. The founder is the monk Andre Bessette, who was canonized by the Pope in 2010. During his lifetime, the monk healed many people, but even now there are many confirmed healings in the Oratory. The Roman Church confirmed the truth of these miracles.
Rue du Petit Champlain
Located in the historical part of Quebec. The street was founded at the end of the 17th century. Its first inhabitants were French artisans. It is here that the oldest buildings in Canada are well preserved. The street is rich in architectural and historical monuments. For example, they include the Square of Arms. Those who wish are invited to ride along the street in a horse-drawn carriage.
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Opened in 1857. At first it was called the Museum of Natural History, but in 1912 it was renamed the Royal Museum. It is located in Toronto on Bloor Street and Avenue Road next to Queen's Park. The museum's collection includes about 6 million exhibits and 40 galleries. And 150 years after its opening, the architect Daniel Libeskind transformed the museum building. It is made in the form of crystals.
Ripley Aquarium (Toronto)
Opened in 2013. It is the largest in Canada. There is a wide variety of marine and freshwater inhabitants. The glass tunnel with a moving floor is especially popular. There is a zone similar to the Canadian Great Lakes. As well as a zone similar to the Indian Ocean. This aquarium has one of the largest collections of jellyfish in the world. There are also "elders" - 100-year-old lobsters.
Royal British Columbia Museum (Victoria)
Built in 1886, and now the number of exhibits is more than 7 million. This is the main tourist attraction of the province of Victoria. And the title of Royal was given to the museum by Queen Elizabeth II. There are many different galleries here, but there are three permanent galleries: the history of local peoples, as well as the natural and the latest. There are many different artifacts, there is even a Victorian submarine.
Heritage Park Historic Village (Calgary)
The village recreates life in Western Canada from 1860 to 1950. The open-air museum is located on 127 acres of land. It is proposed to make a trip by train, horse-drawn carriage. Improvised actors recreate the life of those times. In addition to acquaintance with the old streets, it is proposed to inspect the decoration of houses, schools, shops.
Royal Tyrrell Museum and Dinosor Park
The park is located in the province of Alberta, in the valley of the Red Deer River. Created in 1955 in order to protect the excavation sites of fossil animals. In 1979, the park was included in the UNESCO list. And if earlier the finds from the park were taken to museums across the country, in recent years they have become exhibits of the Tyrrell Museum. This museum is located near the park. It has a rich collection, but also a well-equipped laboratory. The museum has 10 exhibition galleries and each of them represents a certain era of the planet's development. Until the appearance of man.
Hockey Hall of Fame (Toronto)
The hall was opened in 1943, but it did not have a permanent location for a long time. It is now located in Toronto on Young Street, in the former Bank of Montreal building. It demonstrates the development of not only Canadian but also European hockey. Here are stands with skates and clubs from different times. There are also handicrafts. But the pride of the Hall is the Stanley Cup.
Underground City (Montreal)
It was opened in 1962. It is a large shopping center located underground. There is almost everything here: various shops, offices, hotels, cinemas, garages, concert halls, restaurants and cafes. There are even residential complexes underground. From here there are exits to almost all land-based shopping and business centers of the city. You can get around here using buses and the metro.
Casa Loma Castle (Toronto)
The castle was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Sir Henry Pellat was the owner and Edward Lennox was the architect. The castle has 98 rooms, a large library, a botanical garden. There are shower rooms. For some time the castle housed a hotel. However, later the government took over the property. After that, the question arose about the demolition of the castle, but nevertheless it was decided to open a museum here.
Located on Cape Diaman. It is an integral part of the fortification of the old city. The fortress was built in 1812. But even before that there were fortifications. However, the construction of the fortress made it possible to make this area impassable to the enemy. Later, the residence of the first persons of the state was located here. And in 1943-1944, conferences were held within these walls with the participation of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, William King. Now there is a museum here.
Rideau Canal (Ottawa)
The canal was built in 1832 in case of war with the United States. It is one of the oldest active channels in North America. It was built for steam ships. Now used for tourism purposes. In summer, boat trips are offered, and in winter it turns into one of the largest ice skating rinks in the world. The channel is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The original locks and canal-forming structures have been perfectly preserved here.
Parks of the Canadian Rockies
It is a system of four national parks: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho. It also includes three British Columbia provincial parks, hot springs, glaciers and mountains, and the headwaters of major river systems. Since 1984 it has been a UNESCO site. Banff is Canada's oldest national park. There are many glaciers and coniferous forests on its territory. Jasper is the largest reserve in the Rocky Mountains. This is where Lake Maline is located. Kootenay has a wide variety of landscapes, from cacti to glaciers. Yoho is located in a mountainous area. There are many lakes and waterfalls on its territory.
The national park is located in the central part of the country between the Athabasca and Great Slave lakes. It has long and cold winters, but warm and short summers. On the territory you can see grassy prairies and meadow plains. It is in Wood Buffalo that the largest herd of American bison lives on the continent. Cranes and pelicans nest here. Elk and deer, beavers and wolves are also found in the park.
National park on the island of Newfoundland. Founded in 1973. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is a wide variety of landscapes. There are glacial valleys, waterfalls, fjords, lakes. On the territory of the park are the Long Range Mountains - this is the oldest mountain system on the planet. The uniqueness lies in the fact that here you can observe the drift of the continents.
Signal Hill (St. John's)
This is a hill near the city of St. John's, on which fortifications and a signal flagpole are located. They appeared on a hill in the 17th century after the Seven Years' War. During the reign of Queen Victoria, the Cabot Tower was built here. The site is now a National Historic Site of Canada. In summer, historical reconstructions are often held here.
This is a demonstration flower park. Located in Brentwood. The arrangement of the garden began at the beginning of the 20th century. Previously, there was a limestone quarry here. After working out, it was covered with earth. And from that time on, Jenny Pym, the wife of the owner of the quarry, began to lay out a garden. The place gained popularity in 1920. Now there are 5 thematic gardens here: sunken, rose garden, Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean. They are open to visitors all year round.
Montreal botanical garden
It is one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world. It was opened in 1936, and in 2007 it was included in the list of Canadian Historic Places. On the territory there are: Japanese, Chinese, English, Alpine gardens, a rose garden, azaleas, a garden of rhododendrons, a garden of aquatic plants. Also located here is a garden of poisonous plants and the Garden of the First Nations. Squirrels, ducks, turtles, herons live in this territory.
Capilano Suspension Bridge (Vancouver)
Built in 1889. This is a project of engineer George Grand McCain. The first version was made from hemp rope and cedar planks. But in 1956 it was completely rebuilt, as the old version fell into disrepair. Located at an altitude of 70 meters, and the river below it seems very small. The bridge is private property. All rights to it belong to Nancy Stibbart.
Located within the boundaries of the city of Quebec in Montmorency Park. The waterfall has a height of 84 meters. It was discovered in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. Nowadays, a pedestrian bridge has been built over the waterfall, and below the Montmorency River flows under the highway. The pedestrian bridge is also a viewing platform. From here you have a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River, into which Montmorency flows. Orleans Island is also clearly visible.
This natural tourist attraction is an archipelago of islands. It stretches along the Canadian border in the province of Ontario at the source of the St. Lawrence River. In total, 1864 islands are located here. Back in the 19th century, these islands became the cause of contention between Canada and the United States. After Canada won, they became a place for good recreation and tourism.
The second name is the Rocks of Flower Pots. Located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Cape Hopewell. Here, twice a day, there is a maximum tide, and the rocks almost to the top are submerged in water. They have an unusual shape. And the reason for this is the tides. But in order to see and understand the entire tidal cycle, the park should be visited twice a day.
This is a system of freshwater lakes in North America. This includes a number of large and medium-sized reservoirs connected by smaller ones. The largest include: Upper, Huron, Michigan, Erie, Ontario. Fishing, shipping, and many ports are developed here. This system is among the largest accumulations of fresh water on the planet. Now the ecological situation of the lakes has improved significantly. They are very attractive to tourists.
Located along the northeast coast of Vancouver. The width of the strait is 2.5-5 km. There are no cities or towns along its entire length. For the west coast of North America is the main navigation channel. In the warm season, about 150 killer whales come here, and tourists often come to see them. And in order to study killer whales in their natural habitat, an ecological reserve was opened.
This highway was built in the 1970s for tourists. The main function is to link the Banff and Jasper National Parks. During the trip, picturesque views of the surroundings open up. Driving along it you can see glaciers, the highest mountains of Canada, glacial lakes. Also along the way you can see bears, mountain goats and cougars, eagles, moose.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort
The famous ski resort located in British Columbia. Ranked among the best in North America and the world. Here you can ride on the slope of the glacier. The height of the snow cover reaches 914 cm. This is one of the snowiest places on the planet. And in 2010, the Winter Olympic Games were held in this place.
Mount Grouse (Vancouver)
One of the main tourist attractions of Vancouver. It is part of the North Shore mountain range. You can climb the mountain with the help of a funicular, from here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings and the ocean. In winter, 25 slopes and several ski runs are open here, which are suitable for both experienced and beginner skiers.