7 Reasons Canada is the Best in the World!!
As the second largest country in the world, there is no question that Canada boasts some of the most impressive landscapes to explore - featuring everything from stunning coast lines, towering mountain peaks, frozen glacier beds, dense forests, barren deserts and bountiful lakes and rivers. Our country is so impressive, in fact, that some features have been noted as the longest, highest and top in the world. To celebrate Canada Day this year, why not head out and see the natural features that make Canada one of the best places to adventure in the world, and fall even deeper in love with the beauty of our glorious country?
1. Bay of Fundy, NS/NB – Worlds Highest Tides
The Bay of Fundy, in between Canada’s Maritime Provinces Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, hosts the world’s highest tides, and we’re holding on strong to that title. There are many places you can enjoy exploring these world renowned tides, with some of the most popular places being the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, Burncoat Head Park in Nova Scotia or, you can even ride the tide in the Shubencadie River. With such an incredible feature in our own backyard, you won’t want to miss out on exploring the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy.
2. World’s Longest Coastline
Though Canada is not typically known for its sandy beaches and oceanfront views, our geography says otherwise! Along with having the highest tide in the world we also boast the longest coastline in the world. Stretching 202,080 km around our vast country, and bordering the shores of the Atlantic, Pacific and Artic Oceans, we have the longest coastline in the world by quite a stretch. The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, with 54,716 km. So, instead of spending your money on a tropical adventure, spend your summer with Canadian sand between your toes at one of our many incredible beaches along the world’s longest coastline.
One of the most popular destinations in Canada to get a chance to experience this profound coastline is in Tofino, BC. People flock here all year long to storm watch, surf, whale watch, hike and camp on the beach. You can find the best places to do all of these, and see part of the world longest coastline, in our Vancouver Island Mapbook and Backroad GPS Maps!
3. Wasaga Beach, ON – Longest Freshwater Beach in the World
Not only is Canada home to the longest saltwater coastline in the world, but we are well known for our freshwater features as well. With 3 million lakes, more than all other countries combined, and 20% of the world’s fresh water, it’s no surprise that we also have the longest freshwater beach in the world. Wasaga Beach in Ontario stretches 14 kilometers with panoramic views as far as the eye can see. So, if you really want to impress your date who likes long walks on the beach, take them to Wasaga Beach this summer for a walk on the world’s longest freshwater beach.
You can feel the freshwater sand between your toes using our Southern Ontario Backroad Mapbook, and also find plenty of other adventures!
4. Athabasca Sand Dunes, SK – Most Northern sets of Major Sand Dunes in the World
Nestled in the Northwest of Saskatchewan, the Athabasca Sand Dunes stretch for 100 km and are the largest active sand surface in Canada, and one of the most northern sets of major dune fields in the entire world. While it may come as a surprise that you would find this sandy oasis in the NORTH of Saskatchewan, the unique location makes for an even more original ecosystem, with rare plants that have only been found here. As a fragile environment, there are no facilities of any kind in the park, and it can only be accessed by float plane, but once you feel the sand of the Athabasca Sand Dunes between your toes, the journey will be totally worth it.
5. Seymour Narrows, BC – North America’s Strongest Current
We know all about current events in Canada! Along the stretch of the Discovery Passage, between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island in BC, is North America’s strongest current. Named Seymour Narrows, you certainly will be seeing more with flood speeds of 17km/h and ebb speeds of 18km/h – it’s not quite the place to take a relaxing dip on a hot day. While they have claimed the lives of many explorers trying to navigate this difficult channel, the Seymour Narrows will definitely capture your attention and the spot as North America’s strongest current.
6. National Parks Bigger than Countries
While you can’t get supersized fries from McDonalds anymore, you can get something super that’s definitely better for you. Canada has 42 national parks throughout our vast country, and some are so big that they are even larger than countries. For example, Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, stretching into the Northwest Territories, is 44,807 square kilometers, making it bigger than Denmark and larger than Switzerland as well. So next time you’re looking for a big adventure, just set off for one of our many parks.
7. Canadian Rockies
Though not a unique feature to Canada, the stretch of the Rocky Mountains that reside here are quite a magnificent and monumental feature of our country. Situated along the border of Alberta and BC, these impressive mountain peaks, glacier beds and stunning lakes, rivers and more attract millions of tourists from around the world each year, and it’s easy to see why. There are literally endless adventures to be had within the Canadian Rockies, whether you’re up for a leisurely hike through Banff, backpacking through Willmore Wilderness Park, or setting your sights on the impressive Emerald Lake in Yoho National park, there’s always something to do and certainly lots to see. You can’t celebrate Canada without celebrating what makes us rock – our world renowned Canadian Rockies!
Celebrate all these features and others that make our country one of the best in the world this Canada Day! Did we miss a feature you think that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!