Top Ten Canadian Landmarks

I love my country. If you've known (of) me for a while, you've probably noticed that I semi-frequently like to make lists about my native country, Canada. Well folks, here's another one for you. This list compiles the ten most beautiful and wonderful landmarks of Canada.
The Top Ten
1 Niagara Falls

While often associated with New York and the U.S.A., it is commonly known among people who have come to see the Falls that the best place to be is on the Canadian side of the border. All three waterfalls (the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the very small Bridal Veil Falls) can be seen quite clearly from our side and the attractions that surround the falls, themselves, are greater in number and, in general, more impressive. This is not to take away any of the positive attributes of the American side, however. I have been across the border many times and there are a fair share of wonderful parks and attractions to visit.

2 CN Tower

Many choose to describe the CN Tower as a symbol of Canada, much like how the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the U.S.A. the tower was, for 34 years, the tallest free-standing structure in the world and remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Believe it or not, it can be struck by lightning up to fifty times per year and has the world's largest observation deck. It's worth the cost of admission, folks. I guarantee it.

It's so big that it's hard to comprehend until you're standing right below it

3 The Canadian Rockies

Should be far higher, possibly the most impressive and magnificent mountain range on Earth with some truly incredible views.

There is little to say about this impressive mountain range other than that it is a breathtakingly gorgeous corner of the planet. The Rockies (Canada's portion of them) extend from B.C. (British Columbia) to Alberta and stretches over 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometres) in total (from New Mexico to B.C.).

I only wish they were in Ontario.

4 Chateau Frontenac

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this magnificent grand hotel is the crowning Jewel of Quebec City, the province of Quebec, and perhaps Canada all together. It has over 600 rooms and suites and holds the distinction of holding the world record (and I'm talking about Guinness, here) for being the most photographed hotel in the world.

It's truly stunning (but tedious to draw, so don't try it), and hosted one of the most magnificent breakfasts I've ever had. Inside and outside is detailed and beautiful.

5 Parliament Hill

Over three million visitors visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario ever year. And with it's wondrous architecture, it's not hard to understand why. Even though most Canadians don't understand the politics behind our government, we still love to stop and stare at the grand building that is home to where it all goes down.

6 West Edmonton Mall

It's the largest shopping mall in North America and is the fifth-largest in the world (mind you, some of the largest are dead malls and are almost entirely vacant). It was the largest from 1981 to 2004 and contains over 800 stores (and related services) and has over 24,000 employees within it. It features the second-largest indoor theme park, the second-largest indoor waterpark, an indoor lagoon (which contains a salt-water habitat, a replica of the famous Santa María ship, and other features), an NHL-sized skating rink, mini golf, two movie theatres (one with IMAX), a bowling alley, a recreation centre, a number of hotels, an indoor shooting range, nightclubs, an indoor skate park, a wedding chapel, three radio stations, and three internationally-themed shopping "street" districts. That's quite a mall.

7 Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (commonly referred to as the ROM) is one of North America's largest museums and attracts over one million visitors each year. It was established in 1912 and opened its doors in 1914. It was under direct control of the University of Toronto until 1968 and has maintained close relations with it ever since. If you're wondering what there is to see in the ROM, it is home to famously impressive collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, fossils, Near Eastern and African art, Art of East Asia, European history, and Canadian history. The museum also is home to an extensive collection of design and fine arts, including clothing, interior, and product design, with special attention paid to Art Deco.

8 Algonquin Provincial Park

Located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Ontario, Algonquin is the oldest provincial park in Canada (it was established in 1893). It is about 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 square miles) in size and is roughly one and a half times the size of P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island), the smallest province of Canada, and it is a gorgeous place to visit at any time of year.

9 Hockey Hall of Fame

This list would not be complete without the addition of the Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario. It acts as both a hall of fame and a museum of the sport, containing exhibits about players, teams, records, memorabilia, and trophies and awards. The main attraction within the HHOF is the Stanley Cup, the most glorious and famous professional sports trophy in the world.

10 Confederation Bridge

Opening in 1997, the Confederation Bridge links together the provinces of New Brunswick and P.E.I. and is the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water (8 miles / 12.9 kilometres). Most of the bridge is forty metres above water (with a section that rises to sixty metres above water for ships to travel under). It takes about ten minutes to get across it. Wow.

The Contenders
11 Jasper National Park
12 Formula 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - Montréal

Formula 1 fans know it - this is a scenic riverside track used for F1 & NASCAR races.

13 1000 De La Gauchetière
14 Banff National Park
15 Lake Louise
16 Cape Breton
17 Gastown
18 Capilano Suspension Bridge
19 Whistler
20 Fortress of Louisbourg
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