August 28, 2012 | By Adam Bisby, MSN Travel
Top 10 Canadian places to visit before you die

These Canadian destinations should be on everyone's bucket list.



These Canadian destinations should be on everyone's bucket list. (© Larry MacDougal/CP; WhyNotThisOne/Flickr; Jonathan Hayward/CP)
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  • These Canadian destinations should be on everyone's bucket list. (© Larry MacDougal/CP; WhyNotThisOne/Flickr; Jonathan Hayward/CP)
  • Athabasca Glacier is a six kilometre-long ice sheet in the Columbia Icefield. (© Sean Kilpatrick/CP)
  • The ponies that roam Sable Island, N.S., are protected by law. (© sleepyorange/Flickr)
  • Château Frontenac is a famous tourist destination in Quebec City. (© Perry Mastrovito/CP)
  • Ontario's Algonquin Park was an inspiration for the Group of Seven. (© Tibor Kolley/Globe and Mail)
  • From beluga whales to birds to polar bears, there's an abundance of wildlife in Churchill, Man. (© Jonathan Hayward/CP)
  • Mount Thor, in Auyuittuq National Park, has the world's tallest sheer cliff. (© WhyNotThisOne/Flickr)
  • Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland, contains Atlantic Canada's tallest mountain range. (© Jonathan Hayward/CP)
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Who knew that compiling a bucket list for Canadian travel would be more difficult than for the entire planet? Canada has more than its share of world-famous sights — Niagara Falls, Lake Louise, the CN Tower, Green Gables, the list goes on — but should they beat out less-travelled places that surpass their more popular rivals when it comes to ambiance, unadulterated beauty and the elusive concept of Canadian-ness?

This is a weighty question, one that becomes weightier still when our list, by definition, covers a mere 10 places to visit before we kick the proverbial bucket. Talk about a hard deadline. The best we can do, then, is include spots that transcend convenience, popularity, budgetary constraints and personal tastes, and deliver experiences that truly fit the expression "once in a lifetime."

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