7 New Canadian Attractions to Make Your Summer Vacation

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Photo credit: Paul Bride

The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever in Canada. With jaw-dropping gondola rides, an innovative new aquarium, a sky walk that is bound to cause shaky knees and a thrilling park ride that will send you plummeting into fantasy land, these new attractions are guaranteed to turn this summer vacation into one of the most memorable ones yet.

The Glacier Skywalk — Jasper National Park, Alberta

From May to October, visitors to Jasper National Park will get to experience the park’s breathtaking scenery like they never have before. The Glacier Skywalk — a platform made of glass that stands 280 meters above ground — is not designed for visitors with a fear of heights. Although, it may be worth conquering your fear to see the park’s wildlife, waterfalls, mountaintops, foliage and fossils from this new and absolutely thrilling perspective.

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Photo credit: Glacier Skywalk

Photo credit: Glacier Skywalk
Photo credit: Glacier Skywalk

Photo credit: Glacier Skywalk
Photo credit: Glacier Skywalk

Niagara Thunder and Wonder — Niagara Falls, Ontario

Although the Maid of the Mist boat tours have been wowing Niagara Falls’ visitors for years, Niagara Falls water tours are about to get even more exciting and drastically more wet with the Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder catamarans. Not only will these new catamarans — which took their first tours this May — take tourists deeper into the falls than ever, they’ll also be used for more low-key (and much drier) excursions like romantic sunset cruises and night tours.

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Photo credit: Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Photo credit: Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Photo credit: Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Photo credit: Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Photo credit: Hornblower Niagara Cruises

 Canadian Museum for Human Rights — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Not all of Canada’s newest attractions involve death-defying outdoor adventures. And although the brand-new Canadian Museum for Human Rights won’t be opening until the tail end of summer in September, it’s guaranteed to be a highlight of the season. The museum will outline the amazing struggle for equality and understanding throughout the world with a special reflection on Canadian experiences. As if the innovative technology and stunning exhibits on the interior weren’t enough, the complex and ultra-modern architecture of the building is bound to leave visitors in awe.

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Photo credit: AJ Batac

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Photo credit: Robert Linsdell

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Photo credit: Richard Ray

 Wonder Mountain’s Guardian — Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian is one of the most ground-breaking rides to hit the amusement park circuit this summer, and it’s right here at Canada’s largest amusement park — Canada’s Wonderland. This highly interactive, 4D dark ride takes riders to the peak of Wonder Mountain then straight down into five different layers of a mythical world made more realistic than ever with simulated movements, wind and live interaction.

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Photo credit: Canada’s Wonderland

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Photo credit: Jeremy Thompson

Sea to Sky Gondola — Squamish, British Columbia

The brand-new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is one of the most anticipated attractions (and modes of transportation) of the summer. The gondola will take tourists as well as adventurers on a 10-minute ride that lifts them 885 meters above sea level. Those short 10 minutes will warrant unforgettable views of the breathtaking coastal forest, Howe Sound fjord and snow-covered mountain peaks. Although, the gondola ride isn’t the only adventure, once visitors arrive at the top, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, hiking trails and countless photo-ops await.

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Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola

Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola
Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola

Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola
Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — Toronto, Ontario

Ontario seems to be the center of attention this summer, and although the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened toward the end of 2013, this summer will be it’s first one open for business. This brand new, state-of-the-art attraction is now Canada’s largest aquarium featuring exhibits that have already become world-famous like the Danger Lagoon and Rainbow Reef. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about Canada’s underwater ecosystems with exhibits displaying the fish of Canada’s rivers, lakes and oceans.

Photo credit: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Photo credit: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Photo credit: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Photo credit: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Photo credit: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Photo credit: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

FlyOver Canada — Vancouver, British Columbia

Sixteen million dollars went into the construction of one of Canada’s newest and most extravagant attractions — FlyOver Canada. Located at the Canada Place pier in Vancouver, FlyOver Canada is a 30-minute flight simulation ride that gives visitors of all ages a true flying experience including wind, mist and various scents. Best of all, this world-class attraction — featuring the latest advances in ride technology and projection — takes riders on an east-to-west tour of some of the country’s most breathtaking sites in just a matter of minutes.

Photo credit: FlyOver Canada
Photo credit: FlyOver Canada

Photo credit: FlyOver Canada
Photo credit: FlyOver Canada

Photo credit: FlyOver Canada
Photo credit: FlyOver Canada

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

Comments:

  • Breath-taking Views and places one can visit when touring WESTERN-CANADA.
    Beauty is all around us most anywhere we go to visit. God is truly our CREATOR.

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