The Most Beautiful Places in Canada
We challenged you to photograph the most beautiful places in Canada, and you delivered! From pretty prairies to magnificent mountains, you went above and beyond to showcase the majestic landscapes our country has to offer.
Let’s start off strong with Brian Lambert’s lovely lighthouse shot. With the sprawling beach and trees stretching off to the horizon, PEI’s Murray Harbour Range Front Lighthouse certainly deserves a place in our roundup of the most beautiful pictures of Canada.
Place to Ponder
Sandy Sinclair’s peaceful photo has us wishing we could teleport through our screens. Taken near the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, this bench is the perfect place to read a book, contemplate life’s big questions, and admire the reflection of the Rockies mirrored in the calm lake.
There’s no better place for an autumn stroll than Parc-des-Quatre-Pins in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Russ Hayes’s shot is so vivid, you can practically feel the crunch of the red maple leaves under your feet as you breathe in the crisp fall air.
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Good Things on the Horizon
“Nothing more beautiful than the Bluenose sailing the Bras d’Or Lakes around beautiful Cape Breton Island,” writes photographer Ruth Boudreau. A bike ride along the legendary Cabot Trail is an unforgettable way to explore Nova Scotia’s magic and soak up these picture-perfect sea views.
Russ Hayes snapped this fall landscape from the open door of a helicopter. This thrilling view of the Laurentians, Quebec, is straight out of an impressionist painting, with its vibrant red, orange, yellow, and green trees helping the lone cottage play peekaboo.
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This breathtaking beach was a quick stop for photographer Brian Lambert as he made his way along the coast of the Fundy Trail Parkway in New Brunswick. “The sun kept trying to shine but the fog was never far away,” he writes.
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Birds of a Feather
How cute are these delightful puffins playing around by the water? This candid shot by Brian Lambert spotlights Elliston, Newfoundland’s funny feathered friends and stunning natural beauty.
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Little Church in the Valley
Gloria Pawliuk’s quaint Qu’Appelle Valley view is certainly among the most beautiful pictures of Canada. The epitome of peaceful country living, the red-roofed Kennell Anglican Church in southern Saskatchewan is a sight for sore eyes.
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The sunset peeking through the clouds makes Erica Henault’s shot from Strathcona Provincial Park all the more inspiring. This is one of many stunning lakefront landscapes crowned by snowcapped mountains that you can visit at the oldest provincial park in British Columbia.
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Sheri Skocdopole captures the serenity of a pre-sunrise kayak expedition on Edith Lake in Jasper National Park. “The early mornings are a wonderful time to enjoy time on one of the beautiful lakes in Jasper. The glassy water gives you incredible reflections as the loons and grebes call into the silent daybreak. It’s pure heaven!”
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To Erica Henault, the most beautiful place in Canada is the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit in British Columbia. “This 116km chain of 12 lakes, waterways and connecting portages takes us through diverse, picturesque, breathtaking wilderness areas,” she writes. “Tranquil, stunning scenery, swimming with moose… my happy place!”
Land of the Living Skies
Gloria Pawliuk’s snap of the Saskatchewan sunset is undeniably one of the most beautiful pictures of Canada. With striking silhouettes against backdrops like these, it’s no wonder Saskatchewan is known as the land of the living skies!
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Sea to Sky
This spectacular view of the Rockies was captured by Gabor Dosa from the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola ride in Squamish. The snowy peaks and bundled travellers secure this a spot in our gallery of the most beautiful pictures of Canada.
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“The crowds of visitors have left for another season, but the beauty of Grand Pré is year round,” writes Karen Cook, of Kingston, Nova Scotia. “Even on a day when the sky was ominously dark with an approaching storm, the autumn colours surround the church.”
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It’s easy to lose yourself in the awesomeness of the Rockies, and Dan Wever conveys their overwhelming scale beautifully in this shot taken at the Waterfowl Lakes in Banff National Park. He writes that the stretch of scenic highway from Banff to Jasper is one of his favourite areas to photograph for Our Canada!
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Pop of Colour
“We toured the beautiful town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia a few years back,” writes Alberta native Dan Wever. “I fell in love with all the colourful buildings, shops and homes in the town! I decided to book a sailing trip on the Bluenose II and caught this photo as we returned to port from the ocean.”
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The Tip of the Iceberg
“To me anywhere with an iceberg is beautiful!” writes Rhonda Beirnes of Listowel, Ontario. After feasting our eyes on this incredible shot taken near Battle Harbour, Newfoundland, we’d certainly be inclined to agree!
Gorgeous Gros Morne
“While hiking in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, we came upon this majestic view of the mountains,” writes Ashley Detillieux. What a perfect photo opp to stumble across!
Did you know that Gros Morne is also home to one of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls?
Take Me Home, Country Roads
Ashley Detillieux dazzles us again with this lovely shot of a country road in Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. She calls the endless fields the “epitome of untouched beauty.” Ashley, we couldn’t agree with you more!
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The looming spider outside of the National Gallery seems to sense that this building is home to some of the most beautiful pictures of Canada! Paula Brown captures the scene with a deep purple sky, adding to the drama of the gorgeous architecture.
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Westerman Beach in Tofino is one of the best places to catch a wave and take in nature at its finest. Gabor Dosa perfectly captures the colourful surf boards and summer fun!
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Another winner from Gabor Dosa showcases the magic of winter on the southwest coast of the Fraser Valley. “With daytime temperatures hovering around -11C, the landscape is one of beauty, awe and wonder.”
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Alan Cheng had the same idea as famed Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson by snapping a stunning shot of these white water rapids. Named for Jackson, who painted “Spring on the Onaping River” after laying his eyes on this view, the A.Y. Jackson Lookout is northwest of Sudbury, Ontario, and now inspires even more gorgeous art and photography—Alan’s included!
You’ll find more of Alan’s awesome captures in this gallery of candid photography.
This magnificent sunrise is pure serenity! With the brilliant hues of orange and pink reflected on the lake, photographer Paula Brown shows us the best of Petrie Island, Ottawa.
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Ripple in Time
When someone from Tofino says they’re going to “the beach,” it’s Chesterman Beach they’re referring to. Maria Powell caught this calming oceanfront scene in a moment of solitude. The mesmerizing ripples will have you staring for hours.
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For Nicole Adair, the early bird most certainly gets the worm! This sunrise over Okanagan Lake is worth the pre-dawn wake-up with its sprawling snowy mountains and bright orange highlights.
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Hidden Hiking Gem
Eva Lake in Mount Revelstoke National Park has it all: crystal clear water, towering trees for shade, and impressive snowcapped mountains in the distance. Nicole Adair took this photo on her first hike to an alpine lake, which certainly did not disappoint.
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Another excellent shot from Nicole Adair shows a spectacular sunset over Oyama, B.C. The flowers in the foreground add to the already magnificent view from atop a mountain. Mind if we move here?
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The Majesty of Spirit Island
“One of the most beautiful sights in Canada is Spirit Island, nestled in the mountain with teal water surrounding it,” writes photographer Rebecca Bromberger. We’re with you on that one, Rebecca.
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Life is a Highway
“Driving on the Trans-Canada highway, west of the Canadian Rockies, the landscape can be described as God’s Country,” writes Gabor Dosa. “It’s nothing short of majestic, dramatic, breathtaking, and mesmerizing.”
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