10 Must-See Canadian Landmarks

Canada, home to a wide and native land of natural beauty—such as mountains, meadows, rivers, and great lakes—while hosting some of the world’s most buzzing metropolis—like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.  From the urban to the outdoorsy, Canada has something for every visitor.

Let’s take a look at Canada’s top ten most famous and fascinating landmarks…

1. Hopewell Rocks

Hopewell Rocks, located in the stunning Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, are unique rock formations pounded and shaped by tidal erosion, which shaped the lower parts of the stones much thinner than the upper, which has plants and trees growing atop. Go during low tide and walk among the maze that Hopewell Rocks creates or sit back and watch the sun disappear and illuminate through the rocks at sunset.

Canada, Bay of Fundy

2. The Canadian Rockies

Take in the splendor of this majestic mountain terrain. Canada’s Rockies are made up of wide mountain peaks, rolling hills, diving valleys, lush flora, and crystal cold mountain lakes and rivers for boundless activities—like camping, hiking, fishing, camping, bird watching, or mountain biking.

canadian rockies

3. Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

During a trip to Old Quebec City, a stop at the prestigious 19th Century-built Chateau Frontenac is worth the gawking. The elegant hotel and its watchtowers and stunningly decorated drawing rooms overlook the Saint-Lawrence River and the entire cityscape.

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

4. Banff National Park

If you’re the outdoor type than Banff National Park will be right up your alley—or rather your mountain, valley, forest, snow hill, or crystal clear lake. You can find many natural amusements all season long, like cycling, hiking, and swimming in summer; fishing, hunting, and mountain climbing in spring or autumn; and skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or sleigh rides during winter.

Banff National Park

5. CN Tower, Toronto

The urban city of Toronto is home to the renowned CN Tower, a communication tower with an antenna that reaches over 1,800-feet high, making this one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world. You can catch a glimpse of the CN tower from virtually anywhere in the city. However, you can venture downtown to the heart of Toronto to snap photos or take the elevator to view the entire cityscape from the amazing observation tower.

CN tower toronto

6. Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge spans links New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island via the sprawling Northumberland Strait. The bridge was built in 1997, and at 8-miles long and 200 feet above water level (at the highest peak), the view is stunning—particularly at sunrise or sunset.

confederation bridge

7. Parliament Hill

Canada’s famous parliament buildings, located on Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, are perched on the picturesque Ottawa River. In impressive Gothic Revival-style, take a guided tour of the structure that’s actually made up of 3 separate buildings—the East Block, the Centre Block (with its majestic Peace Tower), and the West Block.

Ottawa, Canada

8. The Northern Lights

The Northwest Territories is Canada’s largest and most pristine natural wilderness. Home to wood bison, moose, beaver, muskrat, caribou, grizzly bear, foxes, black bear, and whales, the most awe-inspiring element remains the “Aurora Borealis” or the Northern Lights, a natural light show that can most commonly be seen in September to October and from March to April, at night.

Aurora Borealis northern lights

9. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is well known as one of the Seventh Natural Wonders of the World. However, it’s Canada’s Horseshoe Falls that far out-impress the falls in the U.S., producing nearly 6-million cubic feet of water every single minute. You can catch the best view and take the best photos from Queen Victoria Park in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

niagara falls

10. Peggy’s Cove

Nova Scotia’s tiny, quaint seaside village sits on top cliffs that were carefully and naturally carved by glaciers. Explore the natural beauty of the village, with its iconic lighthouse, and let the sea salt kiss your lips at the nearby Peggy’s Cover Preservation Area, Indian Harbor, and Hackett’s Cove.

peggy's cove lighthouse nova scotia