Top 10 Canadian Wonders
Proudly Canadian. It’s a theme this coming weekend. And it’s legitimate.
Here are 10 top Canadian reasons to travel this great land from sea to shining sea:
- Manicouagan Crater, in Québec.
Scientists say that over 210 million years ago, this region was struck by a 70 km meteor. It has the dubious honour of being one of the largest craters in the world.
- Fossil Forests, in Nunavut.
Ellesmere Island in Nunavut is so cold, and the land is so dry, tress became fossilized over 50 million years ago. The forest of gray, icy stumps creates an eerie and peculiar landscape.
- Hoodoos, in Alberta.
Drumheller is home to some of the coolest geography in the world. Deserts, rain-forests, sulphur-pools and crystal blue glacier lakes are all worthy of a visit. The Badland or Coulee hoodoos are a result of wind, water and ice erosion. The shale and sandstone layers of the 1 to 3 metre-pillars are said to have been created over 70 million years ago. They won’t be here forever!
- The Bay of Fundy, in New Brunswick.
Walk across the Bay of Fundy’s ocean floor in the morning and you may need to portage a kayak with you. The exact same spot can be 12 metres deep in the afternoon.
- Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, in Ontario.
There are so many things to do in Ontario but if you happen to be in Toronto, this library is amazing. Kick back with 18th-century writings about monsters and myths. Crane your neck up to feast your eyes on 3,000 metres of manuscripts that won’t be found anywhere else in the world.
- The Signing Sands, in Prince Edward Island.
This is just like it sounds. Walk the beach and the sand signs or squeaks. Scientists suggest that the content of silica and large grains have something to do with it but nobody can say for sure. It’s quite amazing to hear though.
- The Enchanted Forest, in British Columbia
Hidden amongst some of the oldest trees in the world, are folk carvings of mythic creatures.
- Dawson City, in Yukon.
Gold Fever is alive in spirit in this town that is a snapshot in time. A lively place that is bursting with heritage sites and attractions.
- Tseax Cone, in British Columbia
The Tseax Cone is a young cinder cone and is one of the most accessible volcanic centres in British Columbia. Yep, a Canadian volcano!
- The Grotto, in Ontario
In the Bruce Peninsula is an incredible cave that is carved from ancient limestone and filled with the crystal-clear, pristine turquoise water of Georgian Bay. You can walk along a ledge inside its cavity or, if you’re brave enough, even take a swim inside!