Beyond Canada’s iconic natural wonders like Niagara Falls and the northern lights, there are so many hidden gems to be discovered from coast to coast (and up north!). These beautiful places in Canada are not to be missed.
It’s safe to say that Canada’s top tourist attractions can be found in nature. Our country is home to three ocean borders, the Rocky Mountains, and lots of forest in between, including 24% of the world’s boreal forest. Canada is a destination just waiting to be explored by true nature lovers. Read on and see if you recognize any on our list of the best underrated natural wonders of Canada.
Please note: Some of the attractions mentioned below are closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including all of Canada’s national parks and some local provincial parks. When the world slowly opens up again, make sure to follow the guidelines put in place so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful outdoors as much as possible!
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
Some of the most beautiful places in Canada can be found in the Maritimes. The Bay of Fundy, tucked between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, is renowned for its legendary tides because of the water levels that rise and drop over 17 metres from low to high tide. The Bay of Fundy was even a finalist in the New Seven Wonders of the World list and is one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of Canada.
Another great reason to visit the area is Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. These jagged formations (some crowned with trees) look rather ordinary until the water recedes and they are revealed in all their towering glory. The powerful tides of Fundy have hit the base of the rocks harder than the tops, leading to their unique, mushroom-like shape.
Before visiting this natural wonder, make sure to check out low tide times.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
With its wide variety of natural beauty, it’s easy to think of Gros Morne National Park as a microcosm of Canada. Gros Morne is the highest peak along the Long Range Mountains where hiking trails are available. The area is also home to a number of waterfalls, including the famous Pissing Mare Falls.
Two highlights of the park are the Tablelands and Western Brook Pond. Tablelands is a geological wonder that looks like an island of barren desert in a sea of luscious green.
Don’t let the word “pond” in Western Brook Pond fool you. This is a mighty fjord with incredibly pure freshwater, sheer cliffs, and views that will take your breath away. In short, its World Heritage Site designation is well-deserved.
Bonnechere Caves, Eganville, Ontario
Looking to travel back in time on your trip? Well, you’ve hit the jackpot because the Bonnechere Caves are full of fossils from around half a billion years ago. According to geologists, the caves used to be at the bottom of a tropical sea. Explorers have found all sorts of specimens of sea life, from coral to trilobites.
You can join in on the fossil hunts organized by the Bonnechere Museum to learn how to find fossils. Bonnechere Caves are one of the natural wonders of Canada worth visiting for an underground adventure.
Della Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia
Did you know that British Columbia’s Della Falls is one of Canada’s tallest waterfalls? While Niagara Falls boasts the more powerful flow, Della Falls almost triples its height with a vertical drop of 440 metres!
Located in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park on the even more beautiful Vancouver Island, the falls are best reached by boat across the lake (unless you own a helicopter). After reaching your destination, you can attempt the 14-kilometre ascent to the base of Della Falls. If you’re not up for the trek to the base of this Canadian natural wonder, Della Falls can be enjoyed from afar as well.
Flowerpot Island, Tobermory, Ontario
Flowerpot Island in Tobermory, Ontario, is nothing short of a natural wonder. This attraction is located on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula, an unmissable Canadian destination with plenty to do and see, especially during the summer months. After hiking some trails in the Bruce Peninsula National Park, visitors can be wowed by the unique rock formations that are Flowerpot Island.
You can get on board a drop-off cruise tour going to Flowerpot Island that also lets you take in other sights that Fathom Five National Marine Park has to offer. Tour the 19th-century shipwrecks, the Big Tub Lighthouse, and be inspired by the surrounding crystal clear waters and great views.
Leanchoil Hoodoos, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Bordered by Banff and Kootenay, Yoho National Park is part of the Canadian Rockies’ world of natural wonders, and it’s the geological formations of Leanchoil Hoodoos that set it apart from the rest. Hoodoos, also known as fairy chimneys because of their shape, are normally found in hotter, drier climates. That makes Leanchoil Hoodoos, with its fantastic forest and mountain views, all the more special.
This Canadian natural wonder is not for beginner hikers. The path is steep and difficult. However, if you’re not confident about your hiking skills, you can always visit the Drumheller Hoodoos in the Alberta Badlands!
Candle Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan
If you’re looking for an underrated Canadian getaway and beach experience that will cause envy among friends and Instagram followers, this is it. About two hours north of Saskatoon and you’re in this prairie province’s top camping destination of Candle Lake. We assure you, the drive up will be worth it.
Candle Lake comes equipped with Saskatchewan’s standard-issue tree-lined coastlines and clear waters. Couple an afternoon on this beach’s soft purple sands with one of Saskatchewan’s famous sunsets and you’ve got the recipe for heaven on earth. It isn’t called “Land of Living Skies” for nothing.
Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The Okanagan Valley is filled with endless natural wonders, and one highlight of the region is definitely Spotted Lake. What makes this attraction unique is that it is surrounded by Canada’s only true desert, and a beautiful example of how gorgeous minerals can appear. Known originally as Kiliuk, Spotted Lake comes into its own in the summer, as its water evaporates and leaves multi-coloured deposits that make it the lake look like a picture painted by nature.
Please remember that this natural site and tourist attraction is a sacred site for the Okanagan Nation. Its waters are said to possess healing properties. It is important to remember that the lake is on private property, and respect the sensitive ecological and cultural nature of this wonder when you visit.
Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland and Labrador
Does it get more epic than watching 10,000-year-old ice giants float by? The east coast of Canada offers an unmatched experience and brings the Arctic to your doorstep. You can take a boat tour or stay cozy and watch them drift by as you watch from the shore. With the appropriate knowledge, you can get up close and personal in a sea kayak, but this should be done cautiously, with a lot of research and experience.
The best time to catch these icy wonders is late May and early June. Every year feels like a new experience seeing this Canadian natural wonder.
Mount Thor, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut
Mount Thor’s world-record 1250-metre vertical drop is probably as terrifying as it is breathtakingly beautiful. This remote peak is a mecca for serious rock climbers who come to Baffin Island looking to conquer the ultimate challenge.
If you’re not a rock climber, Auyuittuq National Park’s towering granite landscape, fjords, and remote landscape are reason enough to visit. Plus, seeing Mount Thor from a distance is even enough to give you all the thrills you need from this majestic Canadian natural wonder.
Exploring the natural wonders of Canada
Beyond Banff and Niagara Falls, there are tons of amazing places in Canada to explore. These beautiful yet underrated natural wonders of Canada should be added to anyone’s bucket list!