Canada’s Top 5 Tourist Attractions
The allure of North America’s big backyard
By Oxana Tsirelman, Staff Writer
Destination Canada gathered research on the top five attraction sites, and has come up with the following results:
1) The Rocky Mountains, located on the border of British Columbia and Alberta, travel from the American border to the Northern end of B.C. Inside the Rocky Mountains lie some of the most extraordinary and tranquil scenery. What differentiate the Canadian Rocky Mountains from the American Rockies are the heavy glaciers. In turn, this separates the mountains by U-shaped valleys that are hidden by these glaciers. The American Rockies are more round shaped, which is why our Rockies go from Northern British Columbia to New Mexico. Canada can make a profit from the Rocky Mountains easily due to the number of tourists this particular location attracts.
2) The Niagara Falls is another enticing location. What’s interesting about it is that it’s three separate waterfalls: the Southern tip of Ontario and the border between Canada and America. They are respectively known as the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the smaller, Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls is also regarded as the Canadian Falls since it’s based in Canada for the most part. It’s no surprise that the Falls are a prime tourist attraction. After all, “The sight and thunderous sound of the cascading waters are mesmerizing and the mystic power of the falls will always stay with you.”
3) Pacific Rim National Park remains among the top tourist sites of Canada. The park stretches some 40 kilometres and goes through Long Beach on the West Coast of Vancouver Island between Ucuelet and Tofino.
4) The Cabot Trail is located in the highlands of Cape Breton, on the East Coast of Nova Scotia. In fact, it’s a beautiful drive because you are exposed to the legendary loop on the side of the mountains. Part of what makes this location so breathtaking is that it raises high above the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Cabot Trail also winds around Cape Breton’s Northern shore. Another interesting fact about the Cabot Trail is that it’s been rated as among the top Island destinations in the world. After all, this is in no small part to the Cabot Trail’s breathtaking vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline, “where pods of whales and bald eagles are a common sight.”
5) Baffin Island is a location not to be taken lightly since not only is it Canada’s largest island, but it’s the fifth largest island on Earth. It’s located between Greenland and the Canadian mainland in Nunavut. What makes this island most attractive is the nature it has to offer: “Vast vistas of untouched scenery, interrupted only occasionally by small Inuit villages – a people that still live with respect for, and in pact with, their environment.” Lastly, this island is rich in wildlife. You can find walruses, some whale species, caribou, polar bear, arctic fox, arctic hare, lemming, arctic wolf, seals, migrating fowl, shore birds, sea birds, and many more!