25 Stunning Travel Photos to Spark Your Wanderlust

Looking for travel inspiration? Grab your passport! We asked Canadian photographers to share their favourite shots from adventures near and far—and the results are truly awe-inspiring.

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Inspirational Pictures - Klor Virap Monastery in Armenia
Photo: Alan Cheng

Inspirational Pictures That’ll Have You Packing Your Bags

The Monastery and the Mountain

This shot was snapped at the Klor Virap Monastery in Armenia, near its border with Turkey. “The background mountain is Mount Ararat in Turkey,” writes Alan Cheng of Scarborough, Ontario.

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Inspirational pictures - American side of Niagara Falls
Photo: Cheryl Power

Across the Gorge

Of course, you don’t have to leave Canada to experience awe-inspiring natural wonders! Cheryl Power took this stunning shot of the American Falls—from the Canadian side of the gorge.

Discover 10 unique things to do in Niagara Falls.

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Canadian Rockies
Photo: Erla McCormick

A Shroud of Clouds

We can’t get enough of the Canadian Rockies, and neither can talented photographer Erla McCormick!

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Inspirational Pictures - Tivoli Gardens in Denmark
Photo: Fred Allin

Gardens of Light

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, is definitely a bucket list destination.

These fascinating Denmark facts will have you seeing this Scandinavian country in a whole new light.

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Inspirational Pictures - Sound of Music Museum in Salzburg
Photo: Paula Brown

My Favourite Things

The Sound of Music Museum in Salzburg, Austria looks like a genuine winter wonderland!

Check out 10 of the world’s greatest museums.

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Streets of India
Photo: Maryse Tremblay

The Streets of India

Maryse Tremblay’s incredible photo makes us feel like we’re with her in Agra, India.

Don’t miss these tips for Canadians travelling to India for the first time.

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holland homes
Photo: Russ Hayes

The Dutch Way

The Hague in the Netherlands is famous for its beautiful brick buildings. Russ Hayes’ shot really guides the eye to fully appreciate the city’s architecture.

Discover more unique architecture from around the globe.

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Inspirational pictures - Iceland's famous black church
Photo: Jen St. Louis

Take Me to Church

Budirkjirka—Iceland’s famous black church—stands in perfect contrast with the beautiful scenery around it.

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Inspirational pictures - Sahara Desert, Morocco
Photo: Cat Taylor

Desert Sands

“One of my furthest destinations has been the Sahara in Morocco, where we rode camels off into the red sands to camp overnight and see the desert stars,” writes Cat Taylor of Calgary. “I may have travelled further in miles, but never as far from ‘home’ as I did that night.”

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Netherlands at dusk
Photo: Edith Beerda

In the Twilight

This photo was taken in the town of Haarlem, Netherlands at dusk. “This was my first time to Europe, and the Netherlands didn’t disappoint,” writes Edith Beerda.

Discover the world’s most bike-friendly destinations.

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Inspirational pictures - mexico temple
Photo: Deb Sandau

Ek Balam

Deb Sandau snapped this from the top of a temple looking over the dig site in Ek Balam, Mexico.

Feeling adventurous? Check out the best hikes in the world.

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Nova scotia sunset
Photo: Julie Sabo

Remains of the Day

The Nova Scotia coastline is always stunning—but never more so than at sunset.

Here are more pictures of Nova Scotia that’ll take your breath away.

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Stratford Upon Avon
Photo: Bill Chan

A Serene Scene

“I encountered a phenomenal scene in Stratford. The city is beautiful and this particular location, Tom Patterson Island, is my favourite place to catch a nice sunrise,” says Bill Chan.

Find out what winter looks like in Stratford, Ontario.

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Californian trees
Photo: Susan Muehmer

California Dreamin’

Susan Muehmer snapped these mystical trees in the Bohemian Grove at the Muir Woods National Monument, California.

Here’s where you’ll find the oldest trees in Canada.

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Inspirational pictures - valley in Abbotsford BC
Photo: Marianne Detmar

Best Coast

“Beautiful British Columbia—my first time visiting this beautiful province,” writes Marianne Detmar. “This was taken about one hours drive North of Abbotsford, B.C. Will definitely be back!”

These hidden gems of B.C. are well worth exploring.

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Jasper Lake in Alberta
Photo: Linda Stacey

Medicine Lake

“I travel to the Alberta Rockies every year I can,” writes Linda Stacey. “The beauty is well worth the trip.”

Here’s more Alberta scenery that must be seen to be believed.

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Colorado road trip
Photo: Dave Bowman

Switch Back

Dave Bowman drove all the from Edmonton to Pike’s Peak, Colorado—far above the tree-line—to get this inspirational picture.

For something a little nearer to home, check out these great day trips from Edmonton.

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Panda at San Diego Zoo
Photo: Jillian Manton


“I was fortunate enough to visit the San Diego Zoo,”writes Jillian Manton of Cambridge, Ontario. “The pandas were visiting and enjoyed posing for pictures in the sun.”

Discover the best wildlife experiences across Canada.

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Inspirational pictures - Dettifoss Falls, Iceland
Photo: Bruce Raby

Contrasting Colours

Iceland’s otherworldly Dettifoss Falls—reportedly Europe’s second-most powerful waterfall—was masterfully shot by Bruce Raby.

Explore the most impressive waterfalls in Canada.

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Photo: Maryalice Wood

Standing Guard

The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt is thought to be the link between mankind and the gods. Maryalice Wood captured the iconic half-man, half lion in all its glory!

Check out more inspirational pictures of ancient architecture from around the world.

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Peggy's Cove
Photo: Marg Newton

Take Me Back to Peggy’s Cove

If this shot of Peggy’s Cove at sundown doesn’t convince you to pack your bags and head to Nova Scotia immediately, we don’t know what will.

Don’t miss this love letter to the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa
Photo: Char Jones

Four Brothers

Char Jones of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, captured these cheetah on a morning stroll in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Photo: Maria Powell

Storybook Village

The honey-coloured stone houses of the Cotswolds are the epitome of “English village.”

After you’ve finished exploring the Cotswolds, be sure to check out these must-see London attractions.

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Urqhart Castle, Scotland
Photo: Olivia Lane

Majestic Ruins

Situated beside the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Urquhart Castle (captured here by Olivia Lane of Cobourg, Ontario) dates back to the 13th century. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame is that it features prominently in many of the famous “Nessie” photos over the years.

Brush up on the fascinating legend of Ogopogo—Canada’s very own lake monster.

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Low Tide in El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico
Photo: Sheila Faryna

Low Tide

Sheila Faryna’s shot of Mexico’s El Golfo de Santa Clara is wonderfully understated.

For more inspirational pictures, marvel at this gallery of the world’s most famous castles.

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