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They're real and they're spectacular.

This is Mount Thor on Baffin Island in Nunavut

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(Nestor Lewyckyj)

It has the world's highest vertical drop

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That's 1,250 metres, straight down. The CN Tower is 553 metres tall

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(Nestor Lewyckyj)

This is Abraham Lake in Alberta

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(Flickr: matlacha)

The artificially created body of water looks pretty unreal in the summer...

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... But in the winter it looks like this

lake abraham ice

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Because a lake of ice bubbles is a real thing

lake abraham ice
(Flickr: Fred Dunn)

lake abraham ice 2
(Flickr: Fred Dunn)

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This is the Manicouagan crater in Quebec

(Wikimedia/NASA)

It's around 215 million years old and holds the title for largest visible impact crater on Earth

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The massive Daniel-Johnson Dam turns the crater into an enormous reservoir

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That is easily seen from space


(Wikimedia/NASA)

But it's far from the only crazy Canadian impact site

This is Pingualuit crater in Quebec


(Wikimedia/NASA)

It's around 3.5 kilometres in diameter...

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... And 1.4 million years old. That's a toddler in crater years

Wikimedia)

It also looks pretty crazy from space


(Wikimedia/NASA)

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These are pingos in the Northwest Territories

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(Flickr: DParsons1)

The mounds are actually massive hunks of ice covered in earth

pingo

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(Flickr: Tania Liu)

When they melt they look like this

(Wikimedia)

This is the Sleeping Giant in Ontario

sleeping giant
(Flickr: Calypso Orchid)

And this is what it looks like from a helicopter


(Wikimedia)

This is the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

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It has the highest tidal range in the world

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The difference between low and high tide can be as much as 16 metres. That's roughly the height of a five-storey building

bay of fundy

high tide
(Flickr: Gillian)

This is Nahanni National Park in the N.W.T.

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It's basically "The Land Before Time"

nahanni

Mixed with the "Lord of the Rings"

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(Wikimedia)

Virginia Falls in Nahanni is roughly twice as high as Niagara Falls

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This is Spotted Lake in B.C.

spotted lake

Mineral concentrations cause the crazy colours

spotted lake

spotted lake bc

spotted lake bear
(Flickr: Chris Wenger)

This is the sky in Saskatchewan

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Sometimes it looks scary

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Other times it's stunningly beautiful

saskatchewan clouds

saskatchewan clouds

There's a reason they call it the "Land of the Living Skies"

saskatchewan clouds

This is the Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland & Labrador

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(Flickr: Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism)

No, this is not Iceland

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(Flickr: Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism)

It's better

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(Flickr: Emmanuel Milou)

This is a glacial cave in Jasper National Park in Alberta

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And this one is in the Pemberton Ice Fields in B.C.

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This cave is on Devon Island in Nunavut

glacier 1
(Angus Duncan)

It's actually a channel inside a melting glacier

glacier 2
(Angus Duncan)

And there's lots of melting to go around...

melted glacier
(Angus Duncan)

Which is an important reminder that not all of Canada's natural wonders will last forever. See them now before they're gone



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