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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Famous Canadian Landmarks

There’s more to Canada’s iconic landmarks than meets the eye! Delve deeper into Canada’s nooks and crannies with these surprising facts.

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The CN Tower in Toronto is one of the most famous Canadian landmarksPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know the CN Tower…

…was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers? Toronto’s beloved tower shares its impressive status with the Channel Tunnel, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Panama Canal, the Itaipu Dam and the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works. ASCE’s award cites the CN Tower, and its six companions as the greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century.

Check out these incredible things to do in Toronto.

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Niagara Falls in Ontario, CanadaPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Niagara Falls…

…has seen its fair share of daredevils? In 1901, a foolhardy American schoolteacher named Annie Taylor became the first person to plunge over the Falls in a barrel. The 63-year-old woman survived her dangerous stunt, and warned others not to follow in her reckless footsteps. Unfortunately, her wise words have fallen on deaf ears. Adrenaline junkies using barrels, rubber balls, jet-skis—even a kayak—continue to gamble with their lives in the quest to challenge Niagara Falls.

Don’t miss this gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.

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Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec CityPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Chateau Frontenac…

…is one of the world’s most elegant and luxurious hotels? Designated a National Historic Site of Canada and a United Nations Heritage Site, Le Château resembles an enchanting European castle. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the hotel has welcomed many esteemed guests, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Charles Lindberg and Princess Grace of Monaco. Film director Alfred Hitchcock adored the Château so much that he featured the hotel in his 1953 Hollywood thriller, I Confess.

These great Canadian hotels are worth adding to your bucket list.

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Canadian Rocky MountainsPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know the Canadian Rocky Mountains…

…have earned the nickname the “Serengeti of North America?” The mountains hold the distinction of being home to a spectacular array of wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, foxes, wolverines, coyotes, lynx, wolves, moose, mountain goats, elk, mule deer, caribou, bison and white-tailed deer.

Here are more awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies.

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Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward IslandPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Confederation Bridge…

…spans 12.9 km, making this engineering marvel the world’s longest bridge constructed over ice-covered waters? Before the bridge’s unveiling in 1997, the only way to reach Prince Edward Island was via ferry or airplane. Now crossing the Northumberland Strait is a breeze—it only takes drivers 10 minutes to get to the other side.

From the luminous waters of Lake Louise to Quebec’s Ice Hotel, we’re counting down the greatest attractions in Canada.

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Parliament Hill in Ottawa, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know at Parliament Hill…

…during the summer months the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces brings military precision and music to Canada’s capital each morning at 10 a.m.? Dressed in scarlet tunics and furry Busby hats, Canada’s own regimental band and pipers perform the traditional ceremony at the foot of Ottawa’s Parliament buildings.

From “Snafu” in the Yukon to Newfoundland’s “Happy Adventure,” these funny Canadian town names often have fascinating origins.

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Habitat 67 in MontrealPhoto: Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Did you know Habitat 67…

…is like an out of control game of Tetris? Built by architect Moshe Safdie, this unique apartment complex consisting of prefabricated concrete pieces was originally a pavilion for Expo ’67. Today, Habitat 67 is one of the most photographed landmarks in Montréal, appearing in music videos, on album covers and on the silver screen.

Passing through Quebec? Use our list of things to do in Montreal as your guide!

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Bay of Fundy Photo: Shutterstock

Did you know the Bay of Fundy…

…is privy to one of the most remarkable sights in the world—mammoth 15-metre high tides? It may come as a surprise to many that the world’s largest, most amazing tides roll home right here in Canada. Over 100 billion tonnes of water rush in and out of the Bay during one tidal episode. Just one! For visitors and locals alike, the magical disappearance of so much water makes the Bay of Fundy area of Atlantic Canada a must-see destination.

These are the places in Canada every Canadian needs to visit.

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Canada Place in VancouverPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Canada Place…

…contributes aurally to Vancouver’s daily soundtrack? Each day at noon, the Heritage Horns at Canada Place ring aloud with the first four notes of the national anthem, O Canada.

Learn about Keno City, the weirdest place in the Yukon!

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Peggy's Cove in Nova ScotiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Peggy’s Cove…

…punches above its weight? While thousands of visitors pour into the Nova Scotia village each year, Peggy’s Cove possesses a remarkably small population of approximately 46 people—a number that fluctuates yearly when summer residents return to the area.

Can’t get enough of the Maritimes? Here are the best things to do in the Magdalen Islands.

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Signal Hill, CanadaPhoto: Shutterstock

Did you know Signal Hill…

…made communications history in December 1901? Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal here. Sent from Cornwall, England, the Morse code message Marconi received on the hill sparked the beginning of the world’s love affair with communications technology.

Learn more mind-boggling facts about Canada!

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West Edmonton MallPhoto: Ronnie Chua/Shutterstock

Did you know West Edmonton Mall…

…still wears the crown as the largest mall in North America? Built by the Ghermezian brothers between the years of 1981 and 1998, the West Edmonton Mall contains 800 stores and services, a hotel, the world’s largest indoor amusement park (including the world’s largest indoor triple loop rollercoaster), the world’s largest indoor wave pool, and an NHL-size ice arena. At 5.3 million square feet, it stretches for 48 city blocks—rivaling the size of a small city—and dwarfs the 4.2 million square feet of Bloomington, Minnesota’s Mall of America.

Discover the surprising things that were actually invented in Canada.

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Royal Canadian MintPhoto: Mike Rogal/Shutterstock

Did you know the Royal Canadian Mint…

…hails from the Prairies? Canada’s pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, 50-cent pieces, loonies and toonies are all made at the impressive Winnipeg building of the Royal Canadian Mint. And not stopping with Canuck change, the Mint also crafts coins for 60 other governments around the globe, too.

Check out these reasons you’ve got Winnipeg all wrong!