There's no time like summer to hit the road and see some of Canada's incredible sights. With a country as vast as Canada, there’s no shortage of must-see locations from coast to coast to coast. We’ve rounded up the top 5 iconic locations for your family travels this summer.
On the west coast of Newfoundland, Gros Morne is a geological wonder hundreds of millions of years in the making. Mountain peaks overlook dramatic rocky cliffs that plunge into ancient fjords. The barren Tablelands offer the unique sight of an exposed section of the earth's mantle, a rare rock so rich in heavy metals that it supports almost no plant life. Animals, however, are abundant here. On land there are moose, caribou and bears, the air above is filled with birds and the waters are home to seals and whales. Of course it’s not just about the awe-inspiring views around every corner. Newfoundland offers some of the most unique cuisine in Canada… cod tongues and flipper pie anyone?
Near the top of the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick's Hopewell Rocks offer a daily reminder of the remarkable scale of the world's highest tides. When the water is low, visitors wander onto the beach and stroll among the rock stacks that rise several metres out of the sand. But when the tide rises and the water rushes back up the bay, the stacks are transformed into tiny islands you can paddle around in a canoe or kayak.
In the heart of our national capital, Parliament Hill is an inspiring place that makes you proud to be Canadian. Sitting high above the Ottawa River, right next to the locks of the Rideau Canal, the Hill is topped by the Peace Tower and Centre Block, home to the Houses of Parliament and the Senate. From an observation deck atop the tower, gaze out on the grounds of Parliament, over the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau and north to the gorgeous rolling hills and forests of Gatineau Park. Come during summer to catch the colourful Changing of the Guard, or for fireworks and celebrations on Canada Day. And no trip to Ottawa is complete without a BeaverTail in the heart of the Byward Market!
Canadians have strong beliefs about the values of peace and harmony, and there are many examples along our lengthy border with the United States. Perhaps the most beautiful is Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which straddles the border between Alberta and Montana. It was formed in 1932, when parks in each country were joined in the spirit of peace and goodwill between neighbouring nations. The Canadian section, Waterton Lakes National Park, boasts an incredible range of ecological diversity, including an 'international' herd of elk, and the deepest lakes in the Rockies.
About 2 hours west of Whitehorse is the gateway to another example of cross-border beauty: Kluane National Park and Reserve. Within this imposing landscape of mountains and glaciers is Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak at 5,959 metres. Kluane boasts the largest icefields outside the poles, with more than 100 kilometres of flowing ice filling its valleys. Beyond Yukon's borders, Kluane joins up with one park in British Columbia and two more in Alaska to form the world's largest internationally protected area. For the really adventurous, try a Flightseeing tour of the park. This bird’s-eye view lets you soar alongside Canada’s highest peaks!