3 of the Greatest Canadian Attractions to Visit Soon
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, let’s check out some of the greatest Canadian attractions that make it one of the best countries to visit.
3 of the Greatest Canadian Attractions
1. Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta
The Lake is renowned as Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness” and the “Hiking Capital of Canada.” It is also home to one of North America’s finest downhill ski areas and numerous hiking and walking trails.
According to the Banff & Lake Louise Tourism website,
“You have seen photos of the lake but they haven’t prepared you for how it feels to experience it yourself. Rounding the corner, the sight of the emerald green water and rugged peaks and glaciers hits you viscerally. You’ve never seen anything so dramatically beautiful. Late in the day, with the glowing sun dropping behind Mount Victoria, it is quiet and still. As you wander around the lakeside path it seems like the whole scene is for just you to enjoy. It is a feeling you will remember forever.”
2. Nahanni National Park Reserve
Nahanni, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is the first place to be given UNESCO World Heritage status. According to National Geographic, you can descend into Canada’s deepest ancient river canyons, reaching 3,000 feet, untouched by the last ice age, and home to the Dene people for thousands of years.
#geologyscience#geologicalwondersoftheworld. There are several different landforms in the park that have taken millions of years to form, and give it a diversity not seen in any other national park in Canada. Sediment left by an ancient inland sea 500-200 million years ago had since become pressed into layers of rock. These layers were stacked about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) deep and are peppered with fossils, remnants of these ancient sea beds. As the continents shifted, the North American and Pacific Plates collided, the force of which pushed the layers of rock upwards. Ridges of rock bent and broke, leaving behind the ranges seen today. This same action also caused volcanic activity, sending molten lava into but not through the sedimentary rock. While there are no volcanoes in the park, towers of heated rock called igneous batholiths were sent upwards, pushing the sediment further up. The top layer of sedimentary rock was eventually eroded away, resulting in granite towers that form the Ragged Range. Over the last 2 million years, glaciers have covered most of North America, creating most of the land formations seen today. While previous ice ages affected the park area, the most recent, the Wisconsin Ice Age (85,000-10,000 years ago) touched only the most western and eastern parts of the park. This has left many geological features in the park much more time to develop than most of North America had. The central feature of the park is the South Nahanni River which runs the length of the park, beginning near Moose Ponds and ending when it meets the Liard River near Nahanni Butte. The South Nahanni is a rare example of an antecedent river. The mountains rose slowly enough, and the river was powerful enough that the river maintained its course over its history, meaning it has the same path today as it did before the mountains rose. As the river was meandering, the canyons it carved also meander. Most visitors only visit the portions from Virginia Falls (Nailicho) down.
Here are some of the must-sees at the park:
- The 302-foot-high Virginia Falls, which is almost twice the height of Niagara Falls
- Rare orchids
- The 4,757-foot summit of Sunblood Mountain and Dall sheep leaping from crag to crag
- Rabbitkettle’s volcanic Tufa Mounds
- Kraus Hotsprings (Nahanni’s first canyon, the steepest and deepest of them all, culminates at the hot springs.)
3. Stanley Park in Vancouver
Stanley Park is Vancouver’s first, largest, and most beloved urban park.
The park is considered a Canadian National Historic Site with all its historic artifacts, famous landmarks, monuments, First Nations art and other works of art, and stunning gardens. The nine totem poles at Brockton Point are British Columbia’s most visited tourist attraction.
These are just a few of the greatest Canadian attractions that should make you want to schedule a visit to Canada soon.