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Maravillas naturales Canadienses cerca de la ciudad

Maravillas naturales Canadienses cerca de la ciudad

Canada is a vast country filled to the brim with incredible natural wonders that will leave any lover of the outdoors awe-struck. You don’t have to fly to the far corners of the country to enjoy them. There are amazing wonders within close proximity to Canada’s biggest cities.


Here’s a look at a handful of Canadian natural wonders you can experience within two hours of a major urban centre.




Photo of Niagara Waterfall in Ontario
Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Less than a two-hour drive from Toronto sits Canada's most renowned natural wonder: Niagara FallsTítulo del enlace externo. Seeing them once means you'll want to see them again. Picture this: the sound of rushing the water as you approach the falls, the mist on your ski as you look up at a torrent of blue and white 50 metres above and the sheer power you can feel through your entire body... Once you've taken the falls, enjoy the surrounding region. It's full of fantastic attractionsTítulo del enlace externo and entertainment, terrific diningTítulo del enlace externo and wonderful winesTítulo del enlace externo.

Montmorency Falls on a sunny day in Quebec
Credit: Viajo Iogo Existo

Many people are surprised to discover that a waterfall one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls sits just minutes from Quebec City. At 83 metres, the Montmorency Falls are a sight to behold, both from within the city, and up close and personal in the Montmorency Falls ParkTítulo del enlace externo (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency in French). Hang out near the base or ride the gondola up to the top for a spectacular viewTítulo del enlace externo. More adventurous visitors might choose to hike one of the three Via Ferrata trailsTítulo del enlace externo, stopping at viewpoints along the way for some Instagram-worthy shots, or even zipline across the fallsTítulo del enlace externo.

Shannon Falls waterfall in Squamish, British Columbia
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Then there's Shannon FallsTítulo del enlace externo, a beautiful waterfall less than an hour's drive from Vancouver. Located next to the Sea-to-Sky GondolaTítulo del enlace externo, the falls originate 300 metres above sea level and steadily tumble down between granite cliffs. This waterfall is incredibly accessible and well worth the drive along the picturesque Sea to Sky HighwayTítulo del enlace externo.


Northern Lights

Blue and turquoise northern lights in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Credit: Tessa Macintosh

Canada offers some of the best northern lights viewing in the entire world, and you often don't have to leave the city to enjoy it.


The Northwest Territories provide some of, if not THE best aurora borealis viewing in the worldTítulo del enlace externo. To see the bright reds, blues, greens, and yellows dance across the night sky, all you have to do is take a look through your hotel window in capital city Yellowknife--known as the "Aurora Capital of North America." For a memorable adventure, experience the Northern Lights by dog sledTítulo del enlace externo or while staying in a comfortable tipiTítulo del enlace externo.

Blue and purple northern lights in Whitehorse, Yukon
Credit: Robert Postma

The Yukon capital of Whitehorse is also a fantastic place to see this natural wonder in actionTítulo del enlace externo asthis city often finds itself underneath coloured night skies. Only 20 minutes out of town, you can leave the lights behind and enjoy the aurora surrounded by nature before sleeping in a prospector-style tentTítulo del enlace externo.

Purple and green northern lights in Prince Edward Island
Credit: Tourism PEI / Stephen Desroches

If you can't make it up to Canada's territories, the Northern Lights have also been known to make a rare appearance in EdmontonTítulo del enlace externo, at the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky PreserveTítulo del enlace externo a couple of hours north of Toronto, and even in Prince Edward Island National ParkTítulo del enlace externo half an hour north of the capital city Charlottetown.



Basin head provincial park in Prince Edward Island
Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Often called the best beach in Canada, Singing Sands in Basin Head Provincial ParkTítulo del enlace externo, just 75 minutes from CharlottetownTítulo del enlace externo, is a 14.5-kilomtre white sand beach with some of the warmest waters in Prince Edward Island. In fact, the beach is said to have some of the warmest waters north of Florida, occasionally exceeding 21 degrees celsius The beach's name is a result of its fine sand, which squeaks as your feet press into it--the result of a high concentration of silica and quartz. There are 23 beaches on Prince Edward IslandTítulo del enlace externo, and all of them are within a couple of hours of one another, so you can enjoy a handful of these natural wonders in a day.

Third beach in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia
Credit: Jiri Saftar

Forget near the city--how about directly within it! Vancouver has nine beautiful beachesTítulo del enlace externo within its boundaries, so you never have to stray far from your hotel to enjoy soft sand beneath your feet. In fact, National GeographicTítulo del enlace externo named Vancouver one of the 10 best beach cities in the world. The standout of the bunch is probably Wreck BeachTítulo del enlace externo, a 6.6-kilometre, clothing-optional beach near the campus of the University of British Columbia. If you prefer to keep your kit on, English BayTítulo del enlace externo with its volleyball courts, diving platform, and peerless people watching in the heart of the city's West End neighbourhoodTítulo del enlace externo comes a close second.

Grand beach provincial park in Manitoba
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You only need to travel 10 minutes from the city of Toronto to enter a completely different, beachy world. Hop on a ferry and journey to Toronto IslandTítulo del enlace externo and their three beautiful beaches. Lay down your towel and enjoy the best of nature with beautiful views of the city.


Finally, about an hour north-east of WinnipegTítulo del enlace externo, Manitoba, sits Grand BeachTítulo del enlace externo, often named one of the best beaches in Canada. There, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, you'll find dunes reaching nearly 12 metres in height, and ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming and even camping.


Other natural wonders

People hiking a mountain peak in Whistler, British Columbia
Credit: Destination BC / Blake Jorgenson

Every single year, thousands upon thousands of skiers and snowboarders take to the mountains of WhistlerTítulo del enlace externo to enjoy some of the best snow conditionsTítulo del enlace externo anywhere. In the summer, these mountains become a world-class mountain bikingTítulo del enlace externo and hiking destinationTítulo del enlace externo. Throw in the area's incredible lakes and rivers, and it isn't hard to figure why people flock to this village 90 minutes north of Vancouver to immerse themselves in nature.

Town road with a mountain backdrop in Banff, Alberta
Credit: Travel Alberta

While on the topic of mountains, the Rocky MountainsTítulo del enlace externo are undoubtedly a natural wonder, and they can be enjoyed after just a short, 90-minute drive from CalgaryTítulo del enlace externo. That quick jaunt will bring you into the unmatched Banff National ParkTítulo del enlace externo, home to glaciers, forests, rivers, valleys, and of course, mountains, all of which will dazzle you with their scale and beauty. It's in this park that you'll find the picturesque Lake LouiseTítulo del enlace externo, with its jaw-dropping turquoise blue waters set perfectly in front of the Victoria Glacier. Then there's the beautiful Moraine LakeTítulo del enlace externo, equally photo-worthy and a great place for a hikeTítulo del enlace externo or paddle. (Please note that Banff and Lake Louise areas are highly visited areas that require advance planning and booking).

Dinosaur provincial park in Alberta
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About two hours east of Calgary is Dinosaur Provincial ParkTítulo del enlace externo, one of the biggest dinosaur graveyards in the world. Fossils of nearly 500 species of animals and a remarkable 40 dinosaurs have been found amidst the park's spires, pinnacles, and other formations.

Hopewell rocks in New Brunswick
Credit: New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Parks

Across the country, both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick host an internationally-known natural wonder: the Bay of FundyTítulo del enlace externo, home to the highest tides in the world. The daily tides, resulting 12-metre change in water level, has shaped the unique landscape of the coastline and entire region, but is displayed most impressively at the unique Hopewell RocksTítulo del enlace externo--only 30 minutes from MonctonTítulo del enlace externo, the second biggest city in New Brunswick.

Little manitou lake in Saskatchewen
Credit: Carey Shaw Photography

Last but not least is Canada's own tiny little Dead Sea, Little Manitou LakeTítulo del enlace externo. Located just over an hour's drive from SaskatoonTítulo del enlace externo, this unique lake is filled with briny water rich in mineral salts that are said to  possess natural skin and body care properties. The perfect place to go for a rejuvenating float!