Seven Wonders of Canada

As I reported earlier, the CBC has been on a quest to choose the Seven Wonders of Canada. After 25,000 nominations, more than a million votes, and friendly deliberations by three specially chosen judges, the seven wonders have been chosen. They are:

  1. The Canoe
  2. The Igloo
  3. Niagara Falls
  4. Old Quebec City
  5. Pier 21, Halifax
  6. Prairie Skies
  7. The Rockies

I must say I am extremely pleased with the list. It turned out to be not just a list of wonders but a list of powerful symbols representing every aspect of this great country. The Canoe, a brilliant aboriginal invention, was the means by which early European traders and settlers travelled through our forbidding wilderness. It continues to give us great joy by taking us into the wilderness that is so much a part of our identity. The Igloo, another great invention, represents the north and the northern aboriginal peoples who will need all of their inventiveness to survive the challenge of global warming.

Niagara Falls, the Prairie Skies, and The Rockies represent the some of the diversity of awe-inspiring landscapes in this country. In the online voting, the top seven choices were all natural wonders, but they couldn’t all make it on the list because the judges were mandated to choose both natural and human-made wonders. Old Quebec City definitely deserves to be on the list for its beauty and to represent Canada’s rich Francophone heritage. Finally, Pier 21 in Halifax, a wonder I didn’t know about before this process, was the port through which many of the immigrants who built this country arrived.

It really is an impressive list. It covers every geographic region, represents all of our founding peoples, and honours the marvellous landscape that is a part of our soul. I would have liked to see some trees on the list, and in fact the judges considered expanding the list to eight in order to include the mystical forests of Haida Gwaii, but they finally decided that if the world only gets seven wonders, Canada could make do with that number as well. So there you have it. Well done CBC and well done Canada!

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7 comments on “Seven Wonders of Canada

  1. Kailana says:

    That is a great list! I think it is very fitting for Canada as a whole.

  2. Stefanie says:

    Yay for prairies and mountains! Beautiful photos. Too bad about no trees making the list, but it's still a list to be proud of.

  3. Antony says:

    Yes, it is actually a pretty good list. Well done, indeed!

  4. Imani says:

    Go Old Quebec City!

  5. Jill says:

    What are the mystical forests of Haida Gwaii? I will go look it up but you sound as if you are actually familiar with them.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Haida Gwaii is also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, and are located off the north coast of B.C. The forests are (or at least were) dominated by huge cedar trees, which were made into great totem poles, war canoes, and lodges by the Haida people. It's extremely wet there so the forests are carpeted with moss. I've never been–it's quite remote.

  7. J.S. Peyton says:

    I had the chance to visit Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side) for the first time a couple of months ago and it was one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. I went in March, so there was still snow covering some of the rocks and it was definately a trial getting so close to the waterfall with the cold wind and spray blowing but it was definitely worth it! I would like to go back when it's a bit warm though… : )

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