Among all countries in North America, Canada is undoubtedly one of the most scenic.  Blessed with vast landscapes, Canada is the perfect destination for nature-loving travellers.  Following an official announcement from the Canadian government that states international travel restrictions will now ease up, there is no better time to start planning your trip to the Great White North.

In no particular order, here are some of the most unforgettable natural sights you should add to your Canadian bucket list:

The Fjords of Quebec

The mostly French-speaking region of Quebec in Canada is more popularly known for its vibrant metropolitan scene.  However, visitors would be remiss to overlook some of this area’s stunning natural landscapes.  One of the most beautiful by far is the stunning fjords.  Usually a natural U-shaped body of water that’s common in Scandinavia, fjords are actually also quite common in Canada given their proximity to the Arctic Circle.  To best enjoy the fjords of Quebec, including the most famous Fjord du Saguenay, try joining a specialised cruise.  As seen on some of the packages listed on Explora Luxury Cruises, special Canadian fjords cruise trips eliminate the guesswork so you’re guaranteed to get the best views and experiences.  What’s more, the cruise packages include a ready-planned itinerary, so you can easily make the most of the townships surrounding each fjord.  For instance, while you’re at Fjord du Saguenay, you can also take part in sea kayaking, hiking, and skiing.

The Northern Lights of Manitoba

The Northern Lights (also called the aurora borealis) are described by the Canadian Space Agency as a colourful display of lights commonly seen in the night sky of the northern hemisphere. Created when charged particles collide with gases in the upper atmosphere, these collisions produce colourful flashes.  Because billions of these occur in sequence, the northern lights give the appearance of dancing across the sky.  In Manitoba, these lights can be witnessed almost nightly from August to May.  Although there are a number of places to see the aurora in Canada, Churchill in Manitoba is one of the best since it gives visitors a prime opportunity to also see polar bears during the winter months.

The Icefields of the Rockies

Located in the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia Icefields are the largest ice fields in North America.  Nestled in the province of Alberta, the Rockies offer an otherworldly landscape that includes snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers.  A large part of the Columbia Icefield is the Athabasca Glacier that covers 325 square kilometres and has a thickness of up to 365 metres.  Now, while the icefields in the Rockies are much more accessible than other Arctic options, it still does require planning to visit.  By signing up for tours like the Columbia Icefields Glacier Tour, you can safely traverse this expansive area using specially equipped buses and ice explorers.  On these vehicles, you can travel across steep gradients and slopes without contributing to glacial melt or falling into a crevasse.  If you have extra time, you can even get up close and personal with the glaciers by joining a hike or filling up your bottle with cold glacier water if your guide deems it safe.

The Natural Parks of Vancouver

As we’ve shared before, Vancouver Island is one of the most exciting places to visit in North America given its size, diversity, and beauty.  One of the best ways to make the most of your visit is by renting a car and driving through locations at your own pace.  Among the stops you should definitely make is the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. Relatively close to Victoria, this parks striking feature include sights like swimming holes, waterfalls, and rolling hills.  While these places are very well-maintained and can afford you lovely peace and quiet, they can get quite busy during peak tourist seasons, so weekdays may give you more privacy.

As the second-largest country in the world, it’s no surprise that Canada holds many natural wonders.  For the intrepid traveller looking to immerse in natural beauty, this makes the great Canadian North the destination of a lifetime.

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