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The 16 Most Photogenic Spots in Canada

Torngat Mountains National Park | © ビッグアップジャパン / Flickr
Torngat Mountains National Park | © ビッグアップジャパン / Flickr
Canada is the world’s second biggest country in terms of size, so it’s fair to say there’s a lot of beautiful places across its vast land. Some of them are big names, like Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, while others are a little more underrated. From national parks to cities to buildings, here are 17 of the most photogenic spots in Canada.

Lunenburg

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Lunenburg's Waterfront
Lunenburg's Waterfront | © Wladyslaw / Wikimedia Commons
The small Nova Scotian port town of Lunenburg, and its waterfront Old Town, is unique as it’s one of only two North American urban communities designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seventy percent of the Old Town’s colorful colonial buildings are still standing from the 18th and 19th centuries.
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BC Legislature Building

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Twilight at BC's Legislature Building
Twilight at BC's Legislature Building | © Jude Freeman / Flickr
Surrounded by manicured lawns, fountains and statues on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the BC Legislature Building is of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Illuminated with electric lighting for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the building’s silhouette continues to glow every night.
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Old Quebec

Apartment, Hotel
Charming Old Quebec
Charming Old Quebec | © Tony Webster / Flickr

Built in the 17th century, this fortified French colonial city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Upper Town is home to churches, the Citadel, Place Royale, and the world’s most photographed hotel, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Old Quebec personifies European charm and is the only walled city north of Mexico.

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The Bear's Hump

Park, Natural Feature
Waterton National Park
Waterton National Park | © Lee Coursey / Flickr
For the best view of one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks at Waterton Lakes, head up the short but strenuous hike to Bear’s Hump. The panoramic vista includes Waterton Valley, Mount Cleveland, and Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes. From Bear’s Hump, hikers will understand why Waterton is described as “where the mountains meet the prairies.”
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Mount Thor

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Mount Thor
Mount Thor | © Manuel Lacoste / Shutterstock
Auyuittuq National Park, located on Baffin Island in Nunavut’s Arctic region, features a landscape with fjords, glaciers, icefields, and granite monoliths like Mount Thor. At an elevation of 1,675 meters (5,495 feet), Mount Thor also has the world’s greatest vertical drop at 1,250 meters (4,101 feet). Although the national park is extremely remote, adventurers still visit to rock climb Mount Thor.
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Fogo Island

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Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn | © Timothy Neesam / Flickr
Fogo Island is the largest offshore island in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Flat Earth Society says it’s one of the four corners of Earth. The architecturally intriguing Fogo Island Inn is undoubtedly the island’s most photogenic spot, but its forested and rocky landscape is just as remarkable.
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Toronto Skyline

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Toronto's Stunning Skyline
Toronto's Stunning Skyline | © Ryan Hurril / Flickr
For the best Toronto skyline view and photo, catch the ferry to the Toronto Islands. From here, visitors can capture the skyline in all its glory, including the all-important CN Tower. The 533-meter-high (1,748.7-foot-high) tower held the record for the world’s tallest freestanding structure for an incredible 34 years, until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa overtook it in 2007.
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Rideau Canal

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Rideau Canal at Night
Rideau Canal at Night | © PoYang_博仰 / Flickr
The Rideau Canal looks just as good in winter as it does in summer. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ottawa, constructed in the late 19th century, winds through the downtown area, before reaching a series of locks and the Ottawa River beside Parliament Hill. In winter, part of the canal is transformed into a world-renowned ice skating rink.
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