With ocean on three sides and a lacework pattern of lakes and rivers criss-crossing the country, Canadaâ€™s magnificent landscape is perhaps best viewed from the water at Â “see” level.
But you don’t need to invest a lot of time or money in a luxury cruise to enjoy the scenery–consider one of these easy ferry excursions instead:
1. View BC’s dramatic coastlineÂ on a 20-minute mini-cruise aboard BC Ferriesâ€™ Queen of Capilano, which crosses fjord-like Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to picturesque Bowen Island severalÂ times daily.
2. Have your camera at the ready when you make the short ferry trip across theÂ St. Lawrence River from Levis to QuÃ©bec City: the looming view of Old QuÃ©bec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is particularly dramatic.
3. For the prettiest views of theÂ historic harbour inÂ Halifax, Nova Scotia, make the 12-minute ferry crossing between Nova Scotiaâ€™s capital and the city of Dartmouth.
4. For centuries, visitors have found respite from the urban bustle ofÂ Toronto in the lushly wooded Toronto Islands, just a short hop across Lake Ontario from Canadaâ€™s largest metropolis. Year-round ferry service departs from the docks at the foot of Bay Street. The return trip offers great photo opps of the cityÂ skyline.
5. At the historic junction ofÂ Manitobaâ€™s mighty Red and Assiniboine Rivers is Winnipegâ€™s premier tourist attraction,Â The Forks. From May to September, the River Spirit water bus plies the scenic and tranquil riverfront. Or rent a canoe or paddleboat and explore at your own pace.
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