10 Most Breathtaking Views in Canada

By: Angela Ayles
Moraine Lake, sunrise view. Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada. Banff National Park Francesco Riccardo Iacomino / Getty Images

Canada is a vast country with scenic grandeur on a magnificent scale. From the Atlantic to the Pacific and the U.S. border to the Arctic, splendour is on display. Here’s a collection of what could be the 10 best views in Canada.


10. Niagara Falls

Niagara waterfalls with Horse shoe falls and boat.
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Sure, it’s crowded and commercialized. Still, it’s a natural wonder that needs to be experienced with fantastic views. Take it all in from high viewpoints, from below on the deck of a boat, or from a helicopter circling above. Don’t let the crowds bother you, just go and enjoy the view.

9. Chesterman Beach

Sunset on Chesterman Beach, British Columbia, Canada
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Tofino is one of the best beaches on the West Coast. Unique geography allows visitors to walk out to Frank Island at low tide with numerous tide pools to explore. The sand spit reaching out to the island separates the beach into two uniquely beautiful sections.

8. Terrasse Dufferin

Canada, Quebec, Quebec City, Terrase Dufferin, and old lower town
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The boardwalk promenade high above the Saint Lawrence River provides historic vistas of Quebec that remind one of provincial France. The romance of a stroll along the high boardwalk is intensified by the backdrop of the Chateau Frontenac.

7. Okanagan Country

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The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is one of the warmest areas in Canada and is anchored by Okanagan Lake with its sandy beaches for those hot summer days. Wineries and orchards are set against a backdrop of rising cliffs and forested bluffs. Dry landscapes fill the lower elevations and provide sharp contrasts.


6. Cape Enrage

A lighthouse in Cape Enrage in New Brunswick, Canada. One of the best destinations in Maritime Region, East coast, Canada
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Cape Enrage is home to grand vistas. The lighthouse on the bluff of the cape stands like a sentinel eternally watching the sea. The tides of the Bay of Fundy lying below are among the most extreme in the world. You can view boats stuck high and dry at the pier side that is floating along just fine a few hours later.

5. Lake Louise

Lake Louise in Banff national Park,Alberta,Canada
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It’s easy to understand why Lake Louise and Banff National Park are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beautiful waters of the lake sparkle in blue hues and reflect back the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Paddle out on the water for stunning mountain views. In the winter the lake freezes to become one of the most spectacular skating rinks in the world.

4. Vancouver from the Water

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One of the most picturesque cities in the world is best viewed from the water. Rent a kayak or canoe and prepare to be awed. It’s easy to see why Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Vancouver Island on the opposite side is gorgeous in the setting sun.

3. Bonavista Peninsula

Bonavista Lighthouse in Bonavista Newfoundland Canada
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Angling out into the ocean about 120 kilometres off the mainland of Newfoundland is the Bonavista Peninsula. Lined with hidden coves, bays, and inlets, the sightlines for great views are plentiful. See icebergs drifting in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The small village of Trinity is postcard-perfect.

2. Signal Hill

Snow covered Jelly Bean Row, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (NF/NL), Canada at Christmas time. There are a variety of different locations in St Johns that get called Jellybean Row; most are on Signal Hill. Some, like this, overlook St John's harbour.
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Take in some of the best views of the Atlantic anywhere from iconic Cabot Tower and along the North Head Trail. See the location where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1901. The homes clinging to the hillside embody the Newfoundland spirit.


1.Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks of Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
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Once termed a “20 dollar view” because of the lake’s appearance on Canadian money, the splendour of the setting is worth much more than that. The glacier-fed lake is only about 14 kilometres out of Lake Louise, making it easy to see them both in the same trip. It is situated in the Valley of Ten Peaks and each provides its own unique view.

It’s likely many favourite views are not on the list simply because there are so many to choose from. A wealth of grandeur is something Canada is famous for and it should be celebrated.