In our article on most photogenic spots of Canada – we will discuss about the Second largest country in the world, which is home to a wide variety of landscapes ranging from tall, snow-capped mountains and glaciers to pristine, crystal blue beaches and metropolitan Cities. This dynamic landscape is what provides this beautiful country with varied climate and the multiple unique species of flora and fauna that are specific to regions in the country. It is this attribute of Canada that also makes it one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Offering activities that satisfy the wants of all kinds of vacationers, be it the sporty, outdoorsy kind or the quiet kind that are looking for a relaxing, educational or culturally motivated trip. But it doesn’t stop there:
The geography of Canada has made it plenty clear that it is a sort of Heaven for Photographers as well. Stunning natural phenomena like the majestic Aurora Borealis (more commonly known as the Northern Lights), gigantic Glaciers that just happen to float by Cities which are centres of cultural richness and Mesmerizing waterfalls are only some of the few that this magnificent piece of the world has to offer. Having said this, The beauty of Canada cannot be successfully captured in just a few of these beautiful locations but I am sure it can be agreed that the places mentioned below are some of the most breathtaking in the country. So without further ado, here is a list of some of the most photogenic places in Canada:
1.Niagara Falls, Ontario
It is common knowledge that most waterfalls are extremely aesthetic as a basic characteristic. But those who behold the Niagara falls will agree to the fact that it is one of the most beautiful and majestic waterfalls in the world. Straddling the border that divides the United States of America from Canada, the Niagara falls comprise 3 waterfalls that collectively form one of the widest waterfalls in the world. While it is more commonly associated with America, the Niagara falls afford a more spectacular view from the Canadian side. The canadian end is home to the biggest of the 3, the Horseshoe falls over which exists a beautiful, perpetual rainbow. To make the most of your visit to the Niagara falls, it is advisable to visit during the Summer months when you can bear witness to firework shows during the evenings. The powerful waters of the falls and the mist make for a very photogenic location as well.
2.Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy presides among the Maritime Provinces, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. This Natural Wonder of North America is one of the most spectacular bays that open into the Atlantic Ocean. The Bay of Fundy is renowned to receive some of the highest tides in the world that can reach up to a whopping 51 feet and fill the bay two times a day. This particular location is most suited for adventure sport enthusiasts who can take part in activities like tidal bore Rafting and Sea Kayaking among others.
But for those who wish to sight see and capture photographs of the natural phenomena that occur here, the best places to visit would be the Hopewell Rocks where one can take a walk along the Ocean floor during Low Tide. When high tide hits, all but the tops of the rocks get submerged by the powerful Tide that rolls in. Another aesthetically pleasing point would be the Sandstone Arches which are naturally formed by the eroding action of the high tides. One can explore some of the most beautiful Sea Caves and can also trek through the Fundy National Park to come across some indegenous wildlife.
3.Yellowknife, Northwestern Territories
Known to be one among the world’s most beautiful, naturally occuring phenomena, the Northern Lights are guaranteed to leave those who witness them speechless. With Canada’s proximity to the North Pole where this spectacle occurs, it is no wonder that the country is home to some of the best locations from which the Northern Lights can be viewed in all their glory. Of the many places belonging to the North Western Territories, Yellowknife is undeniably the most favoured for this particular activity, owing to its extremely dark skies that make the Lights appear all the more ethereal. Placed strategically inside the Aurora Oval, the skies light up brilliantly with greens, blues and purples during the winter months.
The Aurora Borealis is a phenomenon that must be experienced in order to be able to witness the full magnitude of its beauty. For photographers looking to capture a few pictures of the luminous skies, it would be advisable to visit Yellowknife from the months November to April.
4.Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, Alberta(Banff National Park)
Situated within the same National Park, these two incredibly scenic lakes are the treasures of the Canadian mountains. While Moraine lake is in the Valley of Valley of the Ten Peaks, Lake Lousie, it’s much bigger counterpart is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, very close to the border of Alberta. While both lakes are glacier-fed and are known for their crystal clear, turquoise blue water that very beautifully reflects the surrounding Snow capped peaks, lake Louise is slightly more wide than Moraine Lake. When visiting Moraine Lake, tourists can trek their way up to Rock Pile in order to get a spectacular view of the lake. A little ways off from here, tourists can visit the beautiful Lake Louise, proudly referred to as the “Diamond in The Wilderness” by locals. The best photographs of this magnificent lake can be clicked while on the Gondola ride in Banff up towards Sulphur Mountain.
Both lakes provide Kayaking and Canoe experiences to tourists while the surrounding mountains provide hiking trails that afford amazing views of the lake as mentioned. It is to be noted that one can visit the lakes only between the months of May and October because the roads leading up to them remain closed during the winter months.
5.Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of the three Maritime Provinces of Canada and is the most populated of the three as well. Renowned worldwide for its Breathtaking and scenic Views of forests as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia is a must on any photographer;s itinerary. And the best way to take in these views is along the 185 mile stretch of road that is referred to as the Cabot Trail. This path, owing to its length, offers some of the most dynamic geography Canada has to offer, ranging from Cape Breton Islands in the North, Views of Spectacular coastline in the Eastern and Western ends that boast whale sightings and the Margaree River valley towards the South. The path is also known to wind along most of the important tourist destinations of the Province that include galleries, museums and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park where Tourists driving by can hope to catch glimpses of the native wildlife of the area. The best time to visit would be during the summer months in order to make the most of the hiking trails that lead off from the main path.
6.Queen Charlotte Islands/ Haida Gwaii, New Brunswick
This archipelago of around 150 small islands and two main ones(Graham and Moresby) is one of the hidden treasures of New Brunswick, located off the Alaskan Panhandle. With thousands of years of history documenting the lives of the Haida First Nation people who originally lived here, this group of islands is now a part of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. The islands are also home to some of the rich, nature defying Rainforests of Canada where wildlife that is specific to the region can be found.
The islands are most famous for the Totem Poles and Argillite Carvings left behind by the Haida First Nation People which are a symbol of their culture. At the moment, only around 10 to 12 people are allowed onto the islands at a time and the only means of getting to and off the islands is a boat. A Haida Watchman guides and narrates the history and importance of the Totems and Carvings to the tourists that visit the Islands. Although this is a beautiful and Photogenic location all year round, visiting during the months of June and July would be favourable in terms of climate.
Old Quebec is a City that boasts around 400 years of history that chronicles the growth of French Canadian Customs and Traditions. This fortified city full of European charm is now a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO. Its idyllic French Colonial Architecture makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the World, let alone Canada. Some of the amazing experiences and locations that tourists can access within the city include: Capturing photographs of the Chateau Frontenac, known as the most photographed hotel in the world, exploring all that the Dufferin Terrace has to offer, visiting the walls that make Old Quebec the only walled city north of Mexico, walking along the St. Lawrence river to Old Port and many, many more mesmerising places. In order to experience and capture the essence of what French culture is like in the North American continent, make sure you visit the city of Old Quebec and all its wonders.
8.Castle Butte in Big Muddy Valley, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is a province of Canada that is really close to the Canada-United States border and is part of the Canadian Badlands. This Province which was home to the Canadian First Nation People for thousands of years is extremely rich in Culture and History. To add to this, Saskatchewan is also the site of a multitude of museums that document the History of the region and inform the public as well. One of the most notable historical relic of the region is the Compressed sandstone-clay formation that stands tall in the middle of a relatively flat grassland called Castle Butte. Believed to have been formed during the last Ice Age, This natural formation served as a hideout and lookout shelter for most bandits that were on the run from what is now called the United States of America. But the beauty of this region is amplified during the summer when the whole prairie is in bloom with wildflowers. For all photographers out there, this gigantic relic from aeons ago is considered very photogenic to capture on film.
9.Baffin Island, Nunavut
This is the biggest of the Islands belonging to Canada and the fifth largest in the world. Having been discovered by European settlers in the 16th century, Baffin Island is another place from which tourists can view the Northern Lights in all their glory. Home to the Inuit people of old, the Island has multiple museums that preserve and exhibit the History and Culture of the region and its people. The island also houses two amazing National Parks, one of which is the Auyuittuq National Park which is covered by the Penny Ice Cap which is a remnant of the Ice Age. The Island is also immensely famous for the Glaciers and Fjords that take up most of the landscape and provide an ethereal Blue tinged white setting that is great for photography.
As for the wildlife of the region, it was predominantly utilized by whaling companies in history. Hence, one can expect to find animals like whales, Narwhals, Seals in the waters surrounding the land and Polar Bears and arctic foxes on the Island.
For tourists who wish to visit, do keep in mind the fact that the Island is above the Arctic Circle and this means that the temperatures can get extremely cold. So, it is advisable to pack warm.
10.Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, This national park is very unique because of the features it possesses. It is historically valuable owing to the Green Point within its boundaries which is a treasure trove of ancient sea fossils. Other important aspects include the Gros Morne Mountain which is one of the oldest formed peaks in the whole world and the Western Brook Pond which is a huge freshwater fjord. Also part of the National park is what is known as the Tablelands which are large expanses of the Earth’s mantle that were exposed to the surface because of Earthquakes in the area. Do visit this geographical wonder in order to be able to capture breathtaking pictures of natural wonders.
Canada is a land of beauty and cultural richness that is unparalleled by any other country in the world. Witness the wonders of Canada for yourself by visiting the country. Due to Canada’s closeness to the Arctic, the general climate is cold and dry in the winters and moderately warm in summers and so, it is advisable to dress accordingly. Do let us know which of these places you choose to visit first!