Canada is a land of jaw-dropping scenery. From English Bay to Iceberg Alley, here are a few especially excellent views that are guaranteed to wow.
1. Big Muddy Badlands, Saskatchewan
There’s almost nothing to see here, but that’s exactly the point. Located about two hours south of Regina, the views on the walk toward Castle Butte Mountain are equally as stunning as the ones you’ll see if you brave the short, but extremely steep, hike to the top.
2. English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.
From Point Grey to Prospect Point on Burrard Inlet, English Bay is a popular sightseeing and recreational area year-round. Strolling or cycling The Vancouver Seawall, which runs the length of English Bay, is the best way to appreciate its beaches (especially at sunset).
3. Jasper National Park, Alberta
In Jasper National Park, the SkyTram—an enclosed cable car—whisks you up 1,000 metres as your “flight attendant” points out landmarks such as Mount Robson. On Whistlers Mountain, enjoy views from the walking trail and Summit Restaurant.
4. East Quoddy Lighthouse, New Brunswick
Locally dubbed “the most photographed lighthouse in the world,” this red and white tower—also known as Head Harbour Lighthouse—is accessible by foot at low tide from Campobello Island. It’s the perfect place to watch the Bay of Fundy’s record tides.
5. Flowerpot Island, Ontario
Composed predominantly of limestone, this island—especially the part close to ground level—has been slowly eroding for millions of years. View the island from the ferry to Manitoulin Island, or make the 6.5-kilometre voyage from Tobermory to the island via a glass-bottom boat.
6. Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland
This area—spanning the northern tip of Labrador to the northeast coast of Newfoundland—is one of the world’s best spots to see icebergs. Ten-thousand-year-old icebergs are a common sight here, so hop on a boat tour or rent yourself a sea kayak and float on by.
7. Yellowknife (Aurora Village), N.W.T.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are best seen from Canada’s far north. Wrap up warm and settle in for an unobstructed view of this celestial scene at the Aurora Village near Yellowknife and relax as the brilliant greens and yellows light up the sky above you.
8. Magdalen Islands, Quebec
The coastline of this tiny archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is well worth the five-hour ferry ride from P.E.I. Stroll along one of the many beaches on Cap-aux-Meules or Havre Aubert Islands and marvel at the red cliffs that loom above you and the giant freestanding rocks just off shore.