October 30 2012 by Bryson Forbes
There are certain places across this great country that are truly iconic and have come to represent and symbolize Canada. It is difficult to narrow the list down to just the top five, but here is my take on the most iconic places in Canada.
5) Canada Place Vancouver - Canada Place may not have made my list of it were not for the 2010 Winter Olympics where it received much attention and was the media centre for the Olympics. Located on the Burrard Inlet waterfront in downtown Vancouver, the building's exterior is covered by fabric roofs resembling sails. The white sails of the building have made it a prominent landmark for the city, as well as drawing comparisons to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Vancouver is our second biggest city and arguably the most popular and Canada Place symbolizes both the city and now our country.
4) Niagara Falls, Ontario - if you have one of the eight wonders of the world then it just has to make the list! Niagara Falls are a world-famous set of three of the biggest waterfalls in the world which are located on the Niagara River, about 100 kilometers south west of Toronto. The three falls combine for the highest volume flow rate of water in the world and the highest drop is 165 feet! The natural spectacle brings in millions of tourists yearly and the area has taken on a reputation as North Vegas, with a casino, shows and attractions.
3) The Bluenose in Halifax - Yes folks, a boat has made the list. The original Bluenose (there have since been four replicas) was a Canadian fishing and racing schooner from Nova Scotia built in 1921. The Bluenose was built and launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and appears on both the Canadian ten cent coin and the license plate for the province. Ask any Canadian what the most famous boat in Canada is and without hesitation they should all say the Bluenose. As for the name, Bluenose is a nickname given to Nova Scotians, after all they spend a lot of time around cold water.
2) CN Tower, Toronto - Built in 1976, the CN Tower (CN stands for Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower) is a communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto. At 1,815 feet tall it was the world's tallest free-standing structure and world's tallest tower at the time it was built. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto's skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.
1) Parliament Buildings in Ottawa - No surprise a guy from Ottawa picks Parliament Hill as number one. Can I include the Rideau Canal too? The parliament buildings serve as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance. It's our equivalent of the White House and attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year.
I am sure you agree with some but some of you will feel I missed an obvious one or two. Which ones? Let me know what places in addition to this list are iconic and truly Canadian.