The Seven Wonders - Views

Of course, ‘wonders’ usually look quite impressive, and sometimes they’re also wonders because of what you can see from them.

Long Beach, British Columbia

Deborah Stewart

When you turn into Long Beach, the view will take your breath away.  I felt in awe the first time I saw it and was so proud that Canada had such a beautiful, awesome and breathtaking location.  It is truly magnificent!

Layer Cake Mountain, Kelowna, BC

Sandra Perro

Kelowna boasts a totally unique formation unlike any other identified on earth. The view of Layer Cake as one rounds 8 Mile Corner on the way to the City from Big White Mountain is striking. Or hike the Greenway Trail for a most imposing view from the bottom up. There's nothing else like this anywhere!

The view from Bow Summit, Alberta

Eveline Goodall

The view from Bow summit is located twenty six miles (42 m) north of Lake Louise along the Banff-Jasper Parkway. Surrounded by dark green spruce, fir, and pine trees, framed by glaciers and snow clad peaks, the deep, dark, turquoise blue-green color of Peyto Lake extends to the northwest. Beyond it, like small jewels, lie similarly coloured Chephren, and Waterfowl Lakes and the bends of the Mistaya River.  Fed by Peyto Glacier, the view has thrilled me since my childhood. It is truly one of Canada's Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The lake’s deep-blue color changes with the light of the day and the season and Peyto glacier’s melted water flowing across a delta (large rock sediment that drops out of the water flow) and into the lake. This water is laden with finely ground particles of rock debris known as rock flour, which remains in the lake. It is not the mineral content of the rock flour that is responsible for the lake’s unique color, but rather the tiny particles of rock flour that reflect the blue-green sector of the light spectrum. Bow summit is not a mountaintop. It is the highest drivable Pass in the Canadian Rockies. A good parking lot leads to a well marked trail and sturdy viewing platform, both with wheel chair access, evidence of Parks Canada's commitment to place this wonder within the range of possibility of all people.  The summit separates the flow of waters south via the Bow Glacier and Bow River and north to the Mistaya River. Peyto Lake and Glacier were named to honour Bill Peyto, an early Canadian Rockies guide and Park Warden.

The Ripening Wheatfields of the Prairies

André Lalonde

To see the golden wheat fields of the prairies waving in the wind, as far as the eye can see, is akin to seeing the ocean waves. This spectacular view defines Canada's Prairies: vast, open, and free. One feels very small in this grandness of Nature.

The Corner, Manitoba

Rita DuCharme

This is our little corner of Canada and it just happens to be called The Corner:

Take Highway 478 West of Binscarth, MB and you will end up in the beautiful Assiniboine River Valley, but just before the valley you will see Gambler Indian Reserve and that is where The Corner is. At that point you look out over the Assiniboine Valley and see the river that was used as a highway for centuries and when you are there at the right time of day you can see the sunset, first in the valley and then again on the western prairie across the river where the former Metis community of Ste. Madeleine is located. (2 sunsets, same day, same place). If ever you want to view beauty, history, present and future of Canada, this would be the location. For this view that allows you to look where Metis were removed from their land, you would be standing where they were moved to which at one time was the location of Canada’s largest sheep ranch.

Nothing spectacular, not a Niagara Falls just one small beautiful snapshot of our country.

Centre Island's view towards Downtown Toronto

Ben Hanff

I believe that when you look out over Centre Island with the tree's and leaves slightly impeding the view you feel like you are in an area that strikes the perfect balance between Urban and Rural. The impressive view towards the skyline, CN tower and Rogers Centre is breath taking.

Odette Sculpture Park, Windsor Ontario

Paula Subity

The Odette Sculpture Park is a museum without walls, a unique park showcasing more than 31 large-scale, internationally recognized works of contemporary sculpture by world-renowned artists. It is a place of convergence and divergence, difference and similarity. The Odette Sculpture Park is located on the shores of the Detroit River within Ambassador and Centennial Parks, between the Ambassador Bridge and The Art Gallery of Windsor. There is no where in the world, let alone in Canada where someone can view world class sculpture while enjoying a first class park system, and find something that everyone can enjoy.

Le Massif, Quebec

Jim Skelding

I was fortunate enough to go on a family ski outing at Massif 2 years ago and the again last New Years. The beauty of the site still takes my breath away thinking of the view of the St. Lawrence, Ile aux Coudres and the south shore several miles across. At first glimpse you think you might be skiing down the mountain right into the ice-choked St. Lawrence. At the end of December there are still a few late freighters heading downriver to the sea. They're like toys floating by. The view, the snow, the trees, the enthusiastic voices of the skiers make it one of the most awesome (as in 'totally awesome') wonders in Canada if not the world.

Chateau Frontenac boardwalk, Quebec City, Quebec

Dihane Mallette

When I was a young girl in High School, I would walk through the Plains of Abraham to get to the Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk, which afforded a magnificient view of the St. Lawrence River.  The richness of the view's experience and the delight of the elegant wooden walkway was where I first felt in kinship with the other wonders of the world.
As soon as I heard about your contest, I remembered 'my boardwalk', and my nomination is in honour of it.

NS Cape Blomidon, Wolfville, N.S.

Joline Belliveau

On this point in Nova Scotia the view is spectacular.  You can see for miles every which way.  On a glorious sunny day, the sun glistens on the water and you can see spots all over the section of the province.  What a sight - however, the cliffs are eroding - but still a wonderful spot.

Blue Rocks - Conor's Cove, Nova Scotia

 

As you drive into Blue Rocks from Lunenburg approaching my mother's house, there to your right, first obscured by trees and rock, the view opens up suddenly to the sea. The road winds following the rocky shore of blue rock and crashing waves and there's the cove, Conor's Cove (my mother's name for it as it was my son, Conor's favourite place to wander and explore as a young boy). The view is breathtaking, the open sea in sight, and the fish hut that has stood some one hundred years right in the middle of the cove. Some days the sea is rough and the skys dark while other days the sea is dead calm and still others where the sky is clear and bright. And when the sun begins to go down the lighting is wondrous. It always gives me a sense of peace, awe and wonder. A true Wonder of Canada.

3RD TEE, Green Gables Golf Course, Cavendish, PEI

Elgin Coutts

My father, Elgin Coutts, who has travelled across Canada, often said the view from the 3rd TEE of the 3rd hole (previously many years ago the 5th TEE of the 5th hole) at the Green Gables Golf Course was beautiful. As you looked down the fairway, you could see the Anne of Green Gables House, then you could see the sand dunes on the beach at Cavendish, and then the mighty blue Gulf of St. Lawrence. If was a windy day with the wind coming onshore, you would be able to hear the surf.

Bird Rock Of Cape St.Mary, Nfld/Labrador

Over 70,00  nesting birds including puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills congregate here annully  at the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve on the tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The 1.4 km trail to the 200-foot high ledge over some rough terrain is certainly worth the trek for an up close and personal view of the breeding grounds of seabirds, some with 2-meter wide wing spans,all vying for space that is no bigger than a few thousand square feet in size.

Flying over Quebec to view the Seigneurial system, Quebec

Patti Chmelyk

What an absolutely egalitarian land system - thank heavens for the wisdom of les Habitants.

Western Brook Pond, Nfld

Seeing is believing. 700 ft high cliffs on both sides of a narrow fresh water lake (pond) that is sheer pleasure to behold as we cruise many kilometers. It is also a rugged back country hike for those so inclined. It's head waters form a panoramic view that is used in many promotions to entice visitors to the ‘rock’.

Northern lights

Abdirizak Mohamed

There is nothing more wonderful than the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis). At night, the sky is filled with spectacular colourful Northern lights. The flat, treeless, tundra land of the arctic can you an unobstructed view of the Northern Lights.  These wonder lights are so amazing; you can spot them from far distance gradually approach you and pass overhead while they dance, forming spectacular colourful moves and shapes that makes you tilt your face upward and rotate your head 180 degrees to keep watching  and enjoy the amazing Northern lights, one of the seven wonders of Canada, The Northern lights.

Liard Hot Spring & Hot Spring Island

Pamela Morninglight

“I love hot springs…. Two are special to me.  First the Liard Hot Springs.  I visited them in summer and winter and winter is the best.  It’s located on the Alaska Highway just south of the BC-Yukon border.  The approach is by a 7/10th of a kilometre boardwalk over warm marshy areas where unique animal and plant species survive cold northern winters.  It was -50 centigrade the winter I visited.  I undressed very quickly and got in. It was an amazing experience to feel the divine heat of the pool and to have icicles form on my eyelashes. 

The second wonderful pool is built on the edge of Hot Spring Island in Haida Gwaii.  The view from the pool is the spectacular seascape of Juan Perez Sound.”

The Whistle, Long Eddy Point, Grand Manaan Island, New Brunswick

JC Sulzenko

It's all about ashes. My ashes. While I hope my death is far, far off, my last will and testament is clear: I wish my ashes to be scattered off Long Eddy Point, AKA locally as "The Whistle" on Grand Manaan Island in the Bay of Fundy. This is a switch for me. I had fallen for the view from Lake O'Hara Lodge in the Rockies when I was in my teens. It seemed a perfect place disappear, in terms of leaving my ashes amidst the moraine. But once I had stood at Long Eddy Point and looked west at Sunset, towards Campobello Island and mainland New Brunswick, I changed my mind and my will. From this vantage point, the almost unbroken wall of 300 ft. cliffs cascades down the whole western shore of the island. Below, the waters of the Bay swirl and curl on the beach almost gently, when the tide is low. When it's high, the sound of the waves can be deafening, some 100 ft. below the viewing platform where you stand. Eagles and ospreys fly past. Minke whales and dolphins arc their way up the coast. Seagulls bob in quiet waters or cry their way to somewhere else for the night. But it's the light at sunset, how it changes and reflects on the surface of the sea that is mystifying and magnificent. An artist's palette could perhaps capture one moment of the display but not the range of hues over the time it takes the sun to go down. A film or video would leave the viewer too remote. You have to be there and see it all. Right to the second when the sun slips below the silhouette hills and all the clouds take on its farewell, and the waves add reflection, their answer in this Canadian pageant. I've been back dozens and dozens of times. Each sunset unique, restorative, both fleeting and eternal. That's why I'm nominating this vista as one of Canada's wonders. And why I know that the view from "The Whistle" will sustain me beyond ‘til death do us part.’