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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Canada's Best Natural Attractions

Canada's natural attractions are absolutely extraordinary! Now, as it gets a little warmer in Canada, it's a great time to visit it's wonderful natural attractions. We brought you five of the best ones, here they are:

Bay of Fundy, the Maritimes

The Bay of Fundy extends from the northern coast of Maine into Canada between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Twice daily, the Bay fills and empties its 100 billion tons of water, creating the highest tides in the world - in some areas of the bay; tides reach more than 16 meters. The energy created by the force of these tides drudges up nutrients from the ocean floor that attract an interesting and wide range of animal life to the bay. The effect of the tides has also carved out a dramatic surrounding landscape of steep cliffs and sea stacks. In addition, water has worn away the shore's red sandstone and volcanic rock to reveal a plethora of fossils and signs of life from millions of years ago.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

With more than 168,000 cubic meters of water falling over its brink per minute, Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America and maybe the most famous in the world. The town of Niagara Falls is best known as a honeymoon spot, attracting millions of romancing couples every year; it's akin to a smaller, shabbier Las Vegas in that it has a reputation as an adult playground. Nevertheless, Niagara Falls has become more sophisticated, seeing the launch of a large, modern casino resort in 2004, which draws big name acts. The casino's success has had a trickle-down effect, with finer dining and other hotels opening up.

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights is a phenomenon seen in northern skies where solar particles collide with atmospheric gases and create a light show in the sky. Depending on how north the locations, the color of these lights are green, white, red, blue and/or violet. The aurora oval - the area where the northern lights occur most often and with greatest intensity - covers a huge part of Canada.

Rocky Mountains, British Columbia

The Canadian portion of this magnificent North American mountain range stretches along the British Columbia border and includes five national parks that attract millions of visitors each year for hiking, skiing, biking, fishing or just relaxing. Kananaskis Country is another popular year-round Rocky Mountain destination and featured prominently in the film Brokeback Mountain. Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Fernie, Kimberley, Waterton, Canmore, Invermere, Revelstoke, Golden, Cranbrook, Valemount and Kananaskis, of course, are all alpine towns that boast world-class skiing.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Two hours east of Calgary is one of Canada's most unique National Parks where dinosaur history meets stunning scenery. Pinnacles, serpentine spires and other sculptural land formations jut up from these Alberta badlands, creating an eerie environment unlike any other in Canada. This awesome landscape is home to some of the most extensive dinosaur fossil fields in the world boasting the remnants of more than 35 species of dinosaur that lived here 75 million years ago when the area was a lush, sub-tropical forest. Visitors can choose from bus tours, hikes, expeditions and other educational programs. In 1979, Dinosaur Provincial Park was designated a United Nations World Heritage Site.

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