Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls are the most famous waterfalls in Canada—and understandably so. Actually made up of three different falls, the aptly named Horseshoe Falls is the only one located on the Canadian side. Easily accessible and awe-inspiring, Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful in North America. Receding glaciers formed the falls thousands of years ago and the beautiful green colour is due to dissolved salts and finely ground rock. Multiple viewing options are available including the Hornblower boat cruise which replaced the Maid of Mist tour boat, which operated from 1846-2013 and was North America’s oldest tourist attraction. In 2007, the base of the falls was used to portray “World’s End” in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Get to know 10 more movies filmed in Canada.
Montmorency Falls – Quebec City, Quebec
Located just outside of Quebec City, these magnificent falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls. A suspension bridge over the crest of the falls allows for multiple views of the tumbling torrent, the St. Lawrence River and even as far as Île d’Orléans. (Check out the most beautiful bridges in Canada.) A funicular is available to transport you from the top to the bottom (or vice versa), and for those a little more energetic there is a wooden staircase. The waterfalls are accessible year round, and in the winter the spray freezes to create a layer of flowing ice, which is climbed by only the bravest souls.
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Bridal Veil Falls – Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, British Columbia
Pretty and delicate, the Bridal Veil Falls are located just east of Chilliwack, British Columbia, and really do look like their namesake, with water gently cascading over smooth rock. An easy 15-minute walk to the falls takes you through lush foliage, which includes cedars, hemlocks and ferns. Picnic tables are available, and there are lots of opportunities for viewing wildlife along the way. Mount Cheam, where the falls are located, is also a popular hang-gliding and paragliding site for adventurous types wanting a bird’s eye view.
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