Canada is popular among tourists for many reasons, but its unimaginably beautiful lakes are one of the biggest attractions of the country. The rare majestic beauty of Canada’s lakes is the reason why many backpackers apply for a Canada visa. This 2018, if you’re planning to visit Canada, make sure you enjoy these 10 most beautiful lakes during your trip:
1. Medicine Lake
Located within Jasper National Park, Medicine Lake is 9.7 km (6 miles) long and is more of a geologic analogy rather than just a lake. Water from the Maligne River melts during extreme summers and the excess water fills Medicine Lake with water fluctuating to different levels. And over a period of time, the water drains out, all due to its underground draining system, the most extensive in the world. Rich in fauna, this lake is frequented by wild animals such as grizzly bears, mule deer, black bears, wolves, caribou, and mountain sheep. You can also find bald eagles and osprey that live off the fish in this lake.
2. Lake Superior
Shared between Canada’s Ontario and the US, Lake Superior is Canada’s largest lake occupying an area of 82,103 square kilometers (51,016 square miles). It is fed by more than 200 rivers and there are several islands on this lake. This lake also serves as a cargo transportation route but is closed during winter months. Severe storms throughout the ages have led to several shipwrecks finding their permanent home on the lake bed, making for some spectacular dives. This lake has over 80 species of fish like chinook salmon, brook trout, sea lamprey, bloater, round goby and many more.
3. Lake Ontario
The seventh largest lake in Canada, Lake Ontario is located at the US boundary. The Niagara River that rises from Lake Erie is the main source of water, and the lake is drained by the St. Lawrence River and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Ontario is also the 14th largest lake in the world, with a shoreline that is 1,020 km (634 miles) long. The watershed region of Lake Ontario is home to a variety of birds, amphibians, fishes, and plants.
4. Abraham Lake
Even though its waters look glacial blue, Abraham Lake on Alberta’s North Saskatchewan River was not created by any glacial waters. In fact, this is an artificial lake that was formed by damming the river in 1972. The tranquil surroundings become exceptionally beautiful during winter when temperatures fall well below freezing and the lake freezes completely.
5. Lake Louise, Banff National Park
A lake that seems both real and surreal, Lake Louise is unique in every aspect. The water changes its color from turquoise blue to emerald green simply with the change in daylight and season. The lake was named after Queen Victoria’s daughter, Louise. Although the water is too cold to swim, daredevils enjoy a quick dip after hiking around the surrounding mountains in the summer.
6. Lake Huron
This second largest lake in Canada deserves an honorary mention. With a huge surface area of 37,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles), it is the fifth largest freshwater lake on the planet! It was also one of the first lakes to be discovered by European explorers. Despite the over 1,000 shipwrecks on the lake’s bed, which make for excellent diving locations, it is still one of the most frequented lakes in Canada. Connected to Lake Michigan by the Straits of Mackinac, it was once hit by the worst storm that lasted for a whopping 10 hours and sank 10 ships with 235 seamen.
7. Reindeer Lake
Reindeer Lake on the border between Saskatchewan and Manitoba is the second largest lake in Saskatchewan, as 80% of the lake is in this area. Reindeer Lake is also the ninth biggest lake in Canada. With a heavily indented coastline, the lake has a collection of various small islands and offers a magnificent range of stunning landscapes.
8. Lake Athabasca
Located at the edge of the Canadian Shield, Lake Athabasca beautifully stretches with a 1,900 km (1,180 mile) coastline, thereby making it the eight largest lakes in Canada. Fed by the Athabasca and Peace rivers, the lake is rich in flora and fauna with fish species including yellow perch, longnose sucker, burbot and more. Although the beauty of the lake is too precious, its proximity to oil sands development has raised vital environmental concerns.
9. Lake Joffre
Renowned for its stunning beauty, Lake Joffre astounds with its surreal turquoise crystal-clear water. This glacier-fed lake is loved by hikers and adventure enthusiasts, and mountaineers can be seen here all through the year. Fishing, hiking, camping, and rock climbing are some of the popular sports in the area, but the lack of public transportation makes it difficult to reach these realms. However, if you have your own vehicle, easy parking space is available.
The lakes of Canada, especially those on the western side, are the pride of the country through their beauty, flora and fauna, and tranquillity. These lakes are one of the biggest reasons for tourists flocking to the Canadian country from all parts of the world. From hitchhikers to backpackers bit by the wanderlust bug, each of them travels across continents to experience the beauty of these lakes. Have you witnessed them already? If not, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Canada today!
Priya is an avid travel writer who specializes in adventure travel writing. Her blogs and articles give deep insight into various tourist places and act as a perfect travel guide for someone who is traveling to a place for the first time.