The Seven Wonders of Ontario

Hamilton’s waterfalls

Mark Sabourin

Hamilton is the waterfall capital of the world; more than sixty waterfalls exist in the city.  The Niagara Escarpment will be nominated by many, but the waterfalls of Hamilton best represent the beauty of the escarpment.  It is exceptionally rare for such a large city to have such geographic largess in tact (and largely unknown to non-residents) within its borders.  Hamilton may be beautiful for its tree-lined streets, gorgeous parks and diverse nature trails, but Hamilton is spectacular for its waterfalls.
Thank you, from a proud Hamiltonian

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

Anthony Chezzi

This is a wonder within a wonder. Within the deepest mine in Canada where the richest ore was taken is an observatory with international scientists studying the mystery of the planet.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Cristina Gamble

Algonquin Provincial Park is the quintessential Canadian Wonder.  While it might clearly fall under the "Natural Wonder" category, consider this: the park is actually man-made in terms of its geographic boundaries and rich history.

Algonquin Provincial Park is host to many other Canadian Wonders as well, including the Canadian Shield, the Northern Lights, the mighty moose, the iconic beaver, the loon, the canoe, the white and red pine, and countless other species of flora and fauna.

The history of the park is astounding.  Small bands of First Nations people inhabited the park as long as 5,000 years ago.  Pioneer loggers started searching for big pine in the early 1800s.  Algonquin Park was a favourite spot for Canadian artist Tom Thompson, who drowned on Canoe Lake in the park.  The park has been an increasingly important recreation destination since the 1930s.  Thousands upon thousands of people from all over Ontario, Canada, and indeed all over the world, visit the park every year to enjoy the majestic lakes and sunsets by canoe, kayak, car, foot, and mountain bike.

Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Ontario and once of the largest parks in Canada.  And it is certainly historically, recreationally, and naturally significant.
While there are many other beautiful parks across Canada, none match the caliber of Algonquin when you combine the park's sheer size and natural beauty with its rich history, recreational significance, and ability to inspire.

Nothing inspires me like Algonquin.  It is my Mecca, and has been since I was an infant.  It has been my escape, my meditation, my spiritual guide, my muse, and my most favourite spot in the world.  As a young infant and child, my parents would take me and my brother to Algonquin's organized campgrounds for family vacations.  I graduated to interior camping and backcountry canoeing at the age of eight.  I have been canoeing in Algonquin for the past 30 years.  While I have seen many changes in Algonquin due to the increase in the volume of visitors, it consistently inspires me.  I always return from my trips revitalized, refreshed, at peace, and with a new perspective on life.  Of course, I am not the only one.  There are countless artists, photographers, writers, film- makers, naturalists, scientists, and historians that have been inspired by Algonquin.  The founders of ROOTS even have a special history with the park.

I most passionately, ardently, and lovingly nominate Algonquin Park as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada.  It will always be number one for me.

The Stratford Festival Theatre and Surrounding Parks

Warren Gaul

In the age of steam the people of Stratford fought to keep this area from industrialization (standing up to the CPR). The goal was to keep this a people place.  The age of steam ended in Stratford the last of the big engines dismantled one at a time.  The residences looking to their resources, using their ingenuity in the face of potential economic disaster, nurtured an idea (the Stratford Festival) into a world-class success story.  Walk the path around the lake below the theatre early in the morning, the morning mists clinging to the edges to fully understand this wonder.

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto

Gary Ridge

The colours and wacky building design are refreshing and inspiring. You always "wonder" how those pencils hold it up. A building that makes you smile - how often does that happen!

Kingston City Hall

Paul Tye

The greatest example of British North American architecture in the world, this building is a living and operating example of Canadian history. What is even more spectacular than the building is its survival story, as it has struggled to maintain its place not only in our great city but also in the national landscape. Demonstrated in its limestone and detail is the modest pride that is Canada.

Indian Pictograph Rocks in Lake Superior Provincial Park

Mary Stanford

1 mile north of Agawa Bay Scenic Lookout in The Lake Superior Provincial Park, North of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Some of most spectacular beauty in the world is in this area. These pictographs, drawn by Indian travellers, are hundreds of years old. The history of Indian journeys and legends has been recorded on the rock face facing Lake Superior, and the pictographs have withstood the test of time.  This is part of our Canadian history, free for all to enjoy but not known by many. A true wonder deserving consideration.