Top Five: Canada’s Most Iconic Attractions

by admin on October 23, 2013


From the mists of the Niagara falls to the soaring majesty of the Rockies, there’s plenty of truly iconic attractions and destinations within Canada’s huge land mass that draw visitors from all over the world. Here’s our round up of five of the country’s most impressive tourist spots to whet your appetite for a Canadian getaway.

Calgary Stampede, Calgary

Calgary Stampede, taking place annually for the last 98 years is not only the world’s largest rodeo, but is also a world-famous two week music festival. Here you can enjoy the region’s popular rodeo shows, bull riding and barrel racing as well as renowned pancake parties and wild stampede parties held in tents around the city. Blues, folk and country music fills the air as thousands gather for the festivities, which draw crowds from around the world.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

At over 50 metres high, the three impressive waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls on the border of Ontario and the US state of New York produce the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world. The state park around the falls offers over 400 acres of lush landscapes and local wildlife and the beautiful falls make for a breathtaking addition to any visit to the country. Here you can take a boat tour on the world-famous Maid of the Mist right up to the falls, for which waterproof clothing is provided, so you can expect to get wet!

CN Tower, Toronto

At over 553 metres tall, CN Tower in Toronto is the world’s tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world, and has become a symbol of Canada around the world. It’s viewing platforms offer a spectacular view of southern Ontario that is tough to beat, which is the reason over two million international visitors flood to take in the panorama for themselves. At the top, you can enjoy a fine dinner at the 360-degree restaurant, or check out the hair-raising glass floor or the outdoor terrace.

Canadian Rockies, British Columbia/Alberta

Running all the way from the US border to the northern end of British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies boast some of the most beautiful, serene and breathtaking scenery in the world. These stunning mountain ranges are distinct from the American Rockies as they have been very heavily glaciated, resulting in sharply pointed mountains separated by wide, U-shaped valleys gouged by glaciers, unlike their more ’rounded’ American counterparts. Here visitors can enjoy hiking and biking along the many scenic, wildlife-laced trails, or even gondola, horseback and helicopter adventures to soak up the eye-catching views.

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick to Nova Scotia

The Bay of Fundy is a unique ocean bay stretching between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia boasting the world’s highest tides with around 100 billion tons of seawater flowing in and out with each tide cycle. The dramatic scenery around the bay attracts tourists from around the world, with eroded sandstone statues, marsh plateaus, rock cliffs and mud flats. The wildlife of the bay is also a big draw for visitors, with over eight different species of whales, as well as seals, seabirds, dolphins and much more.

See them for yourself: The best way to fit in as many iconic sites into a holiday as possible is to hire a car and hit the road for a self-drive holiday, or by booking a guided tour. Contiki Holidays offer a range of Canada tours that include visits to many of these impressive destinations.

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