Beautiful Gems Of Canada
The world’s second-largest country offers divine spots
As my team so nicely pointed out in the article The Artful City of Besançon, I enjoy going on various adventures across North America and oftentimes sharing them with my followers. I am really looking forward to building a lovely family someday and discovering more of its breathtaking landscapes together.
Below are my chosen beautiful gems of Canada at the moment in each Canadian province. Enjoy!
British Columbia — Mount Robson Provincial Park
This is one of the most remote areas of Canada. Home to Mt. Robson, which stands at 3,954 meters, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The stunning landscape features glacier-capped peaks, waterfalls, and nature trails. The Valley of the Thousand Falls is the most popular hiking trail — with the name becoming obvious on days when there is rainfall.
Ontario — CN Tower
Possibly the most popular attraction in Toronto and, by extension, Canada. Pierces the Toronto skyline, offering impressive views of the city and beyond. There is elevator access to the observation deck and restaurant. Lights up at nights. Also houses the Roger’s Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium, which are among the top attractions in Toronto.
Northwest Territories — Yellowknife
The capital of the Northwest Territories, this location was originally developed around the gold rush era of the 1930s. Still driven by mining, but is now an art and cultural hub with wooden buildings and prominent institutions such as the Prince Of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Among the attractions and fun things to do in Yellowknife include going on houseboats on the Great Slave Lake, visiting the waterfalls at Hidden Lake Territorial Park, and viewing the Aurora Borealis.
Alberta — Drumheller
A must-visit attraction for anyone obsessed with the history of dinosaurs, Drumheller is known as the “Town of the Dinosaurs.” Fossils of various species of dinosaurs have been discovered, giving rise to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. With a surrounding landscape described as badlands, visitors can explore unique rock formations and interesting hiking trails leading past various sights and attractions.
Saskatchewan — Saskatoon
There are a lot of heritage sites to discover in this easy-going town in Saskatchewan. Visitors can check out attractions such as the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, which is dedicated to the first Prairies people, and the reconstructed “Boomtown 1910” main street. Art lovers can also check out the Remai Modern Museum while families with kids will find added enjoyment at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.
Quebec — Château Frontenac
Built in 1894 for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, it stands as one of the most prized landmarks in Quebec. A grand hotel offering breathtaking views due to the spectacular elevation. The full name of the premises is Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Visitors are able to view the ruins of Fort St. Louis, which was originally at the location in colonial times. The Château Frontenac was also the site of the Quebec Conference in 1843 (a meeting where D-Day landings were decided upon by world leaders).
Nunavut — Iqaluit
Iqaluit is an Inuit name that translates to “many fish.” Was first developed as a U.S. military airfield in the 1940s. Today, the location is the main administrative center of the Baffin region and houses the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Iqaluit is a modern town where a number of hotels, schools, attractions, etc. can be found.
Manitoba — Canadian Museum for Human Rights
One of the newest major attractions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the design of this building is based on the dramatic Canadian landscape. The exhibits here focus on various human rights themes pertinent to Canada and the world, in general. There are also exhibits that change in accordance with progress made from current global rights issues.
Yukon — Signpost Forest
Signpost Forest is another of my chosen beautiful gems of Canada. Located along the Alaska Highway in the vicinity of Watson Lake, Signpost Forest is made up of random signs. A unique collection of signs left by visitors, the attraction was started by a homesick soldier who erected the first signpost for his hometown back in Illinois.
Newfoundland and Labrador — Red Bay
A national historic site, Red Bay speaks to the fishing heritage of the area. Features remains of Spanish whaling boats and other pieces of the past that tell the interesting story of fishermen and whalers who arrived from Europe centuries ago.
New Brunswick — Magnetic Hill
One of several “gravity hills” around the world, this phenomenon located in Moncton seems to defy gravity. A popular tourist attraction, you can drive to the foot of the hill, put your car in neutral and the vehicle will amazingly run backward up the hill. There is, of course, a scientific explanation but still a cool experience.
Nova Scotia — Bay Of Fundy
The Bay Of Fundy is located at a rather special spot. Designated in 2014 as one of the seven wonders of North America, the attraction is known for having the highest tides in the world. The area also records the rarest species of whales, an abundance of dinosaur fossils, and semi-precious minerals. A paradise for nature lovers.
Prince Edward Island — Confederation Bridge
All of 12.9 km long, this handsome bridge is the world’s longest over freezing water. Considered an engineering marvel, you can see why this would make my list of beautiful gems in Canada. Opened in 1997, linking PEI to mainland Canada for the first time. The most stunning views of the bridge are seen from the town of Borden-Carlton.
“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” ~ Oscar Wilde.