Beauty and Wonder: Canada’s Best Spots
Canada is a beautiful country. It’s got its share of wildlife, natural wonders, and bustling cities. It can be daunting to decide which ones should be visited personally so let us round up the best spots that Canada has to offer!
Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia
Located at the Historical Mile 496 of the Alaska Highway is a chance to soak at Canada’s second largest hot springs. This place was originally known as the Tropical Valley but eventually it was the hot springs that bought in most of the people. The hot springs are open year-round. Yes, even during winter.
The best time to go would be winter as it’s the off-season. Traffic would be lighter compared to the bustling summer season. It also provides a lovelier view as the surround forest is caped with snow. The cold temperatures build off steam from the water, and if you’re lucky, the northern lights add a dazzling show to those intrepid enough to go for an evening soak.
L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland
Around forty-five minutes away from St. Anthony Harbor, a formerly unknown Viking outpost lays. It is said to be the spot where ancient Norse sailors first established a settlement in North America. Not only does this site provide a chance to view what artifacts these enterprising warriors left behind, it also gives a good chance to sample the delicacies of the Atlantic like Cod (freshly caught) and your pick of lobsters from the nearby wharf.
It is pleasing to note that this spot is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The home to some of the most extreme tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy boasts an unusual sight. The severe difference of water level during low and high tides carve out some pretty dramatic caverns and shapes. The bay is actually between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It is just easier to get there from New Brunswick if you follow their Atlantic coastal road.
If you’re in the area around late July, you’ll be treated to the sight of migrating sandpipers (also known as curlew and snipe). It can also get pretty busy at the time as avid bird watchers are also sure to be on-scene.
Sanguenay-Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec
A prime spot for the adventurous type of traveler, this icy terrain offers cliffs and a chance to rediscover pathways that the navigators of old found so long ago. Despite the frozen tundra, local made cheddar cheese and different manners of blueberries (pies, jams, and teas) are the norm during the fall season.
In the area is the Arvida Bridge. It is known to be the first bridge in the entire world that made solely of aluminum.
Big Muddy Valley, Saskatchewan
Don’t let the name fool you. There is more to this place than dusty roads and wide open spaces. The vast landscape is also home to some strange and ancient aboriginal stone effigies with some pretty interesting names. A good example of this is the Big Beaver Buffalo.
Summer is the best time to go check this area out as the late June up to early August rain beings about the bloom of prairie wildflowers. There is just something about the Big Muddy Valley that illicit the images of cowboys and bandits—it’s definitely something for those who are adventurous and kids at heart.
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Aiming to reconnect with nature and find your spirit animal? The Great Bear Rainforest is quite known for the plethora of wildlife that either passes through or calls the expansive flora home. The rare cream-colored Kermode bear (also known as the Kermode bear) also calls this place home. It isn’t just grand old cedars and waterfalls that make this area incredible. The rivers local to the area see thousands of salmon return per year. This also makes a great opportunity to spot grizzly bears in their natural habitat.
Those that wish to bring back a piece of the local culture may purchase carved masks and carefully crafted jewelry made by the people of the Nuxalk Nation. It helps promote awareness and sustainability of the tourism as well as helping the locals with their livelihood. This amazing natural treasure is certainly worthy of being called one of Canada’s best spots.