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The country is full of incredible wildlife, jaw-dropping mountains and an enormous amount of recreational opportunities to choose from.
Formed by receding glaciers, Niagara Falls links the international border between the U.S. and Canada. It consists of three waterfalls: The Horseshoe Falls (the most powerful waterfall in North America), the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are located on the Niagara River and they have a combined fall with the highest flow rate of all of the world’s waterfalls.
This gorgeous glacier is part of the Rocky Mountains Columbia Icefield located in Jasper National Park. You will want to visit this glacier soon. It has been shrinking for about 150 years and is losing more than five meters of ice every year. A review on TripAdvisor says: “It a beautiful and very interesting place to go. Amazing pictures after a small hike up to the glacier. It has markers all the way up the walk so you can see where the glacier used to be years before as it recedes further and further up the mountain.”
Thousand Islands was the first National Park east of the Canadian Rockies. It consists of more than 20 islands between Kingston and Brockville. The park is like heaven on earth for people who love all sorts of water activities. Visit the scenic granite islands; explore secluded bays by kayak or powerboat; enjoy a day by the river; discover rare species of turtles and birdlife alongside undulating hiking trails; and experience the magic of this captivating and historic wilderness, just a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, according to Parks Canada.
For some of the most spectacular scenery and gorgeous views of Canada’s national treasures, drive Icefields Parkway. It’s a 144-mile drive through the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks World Heritage Site. Views tons of wildlife, mountain lakes, and glaciers. Bonus: You can travel by car, bus, bike, or on foot.
Bay of Fundy is one of Canada’s natural wonders. It's home to some of the world’s highest tides and contains some of the rarest whales on the planet. Explore Canada’s history in this incredible coastal environment – dinosaur fossils and sea cliffs. Also go hiking, sea kayaking, tidal rafting or enjoy a boat tour. Click here for more information.
Located in Alberta, Jasper National Park is home to many regal summits, an abundance of outdoor quests, pristine wilderness, a variety of wildlife, and spectacular scenery. Visitors continue to go back to Jasper for its valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, alpine meadows, more than 600 hiking trails, and whitewater rafting opportunities.
Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park is Lake Louise – one of Canada’s most iconic lakes. It is a perfect summer or winter vacation destination. In the winter, Lake Louise provides one of the most scenic skating rinks in the country, while in the summer, it provides otherworldly paddling opportunities.
Ivvavik is the first national park in Canada to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement. The park protects a portion of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd and represents the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta natural regions. If you are looking for an adventure in a secluded subarctic wilderness, you’ll find it in Ivvavik. Hike the trail to Halfway to Heaven, raft down Firth River; camp out in the fall and see the aurora borealis. The best way to access the park is by charter plane.