You will be surprised to know that in Canada, the second-largest country in the world by area, more than half of its landscape is intact and relatively free of human development. Most of its land area is covered by forests and many areas are protected or conservation areas. As you tour Canada with your Canada visa, you will realize this fact for yourself.
There are innumerable lakes here and most of them are famous for their surreal beauty. But the lakes listed below are some of the most beautiful and possess special features that make them a must-see on your visit to Canada.
Little Limestone Lake, Manitoba:
Located in Little Limestone Lake Provincial Park Reserve in northern Manitoba, this is the largest marl lake in the world. The carbonate-rich mud and stone of the lake contain minerals that cause the water to change color as the seasons change, depending on the temperature of the water. You can get beautiful and unique photographs in any season.
A glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, this is another unique lake. When it is full towards the end of June, the water turns a deep shade of blue. This azure water lake is famous for its walking and hiking trails. Go to the top of Rock Moraine and get the best views of the lake. You can go canoeing in these beautiful waters.
This is a beautiful lake in Jasper National Park and is one of the largest glacier-fed lakes. With azure waters, the lake is famous for Spirit Island and the superlative views of the three glacier tops. Explore the lake in a canoe or kayak and go overnight camping. Or go on a Maligne Lake Boat Tour and explore the Spirit Island. See the water change color from blue to emerald as you approach the glaciers.
A man-made lake, the Abraham Lake’s water level depends on the Bighorn dam. It is Alberta’s largest reservoir. Apart from its clear blue waters, it is famous for its frozen ice bubbles. Visit here between December and March to see the frozen methane bubbles. People love to skate on the windy, frozen lake. Another popular way to explore the lake is by helicopter. Be very careful while walking over the frozen lake as the ice may be thin at places.
Spotted Lake is located in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada. A high concentration of colorful mineral deposits supposedly with healing properties are revealed as the water evaporates during summer. These appear as large yellow, green, or blue spots in the water. The different colors of the spots are due to the different minerals like calcium, sodium, and magnesium sulfates. The spotted Lake has also been called ‘the most magical place in Canada.
It is the largest and a beautiful lake surrounded by lush, green forest in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. Visit it in summer to appreciate the emerald beauty of the lake. The emerald color of the water is due to “marl” at the bottom of the lake bed, a mixture of limestone and clay. The color is most vibrant in summer as the water evaporates. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or paddling in this beautiful lake. It is also stunningly beautiful in winter. Go on a gentle hiking trail with your family.
This lake, located in Jasper National park, Alberta, is not a lake but an area in which the Maligne River backs up and suddenly disappears underground. During summer the lake is filled with icy blue-green water from the melting glaciers. By Autumn, the lake shrinks and almost disappears as the water drains through sinkholes. Fishing is a popular sport, and rainbow and brook trout are in plenty here. Get beautiful photographs of this spectacular lake as you hike down to the lakeshore.
If you are in Ontario, then explore Lake Ontario. It is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and partially in Canada and partially in the US, whose water boundaries meet in the middle of the lake. All the water in the Great Lakes flows through this lake. Different parts of the lake offer different habitats, ranging from dunes to wetlands to forests to rocky cliffs, making it an ecological wonder. The lake never completely freezes because it is so deep. Go sailing or on Yacht tours on the lake. Visit Niagara-on-the lake town and experience its attractions.
Canada’s natural beauty is to be seen to be believed. Majestic mountains, sweeping prairies, the Rockies, beaches, and glaciers, Canada has it all. But the many lakes with their unparalleled beauty and special features beat all the others. So, go explore Canada and have a great time.