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A Canadian Winter Provides Plenty Of Breathtaking Sights

11/24/2015 11:26 EST | Updated 01/21/2016 01:59 EST

Winter approaches quickly.

While many might dread it, we're excited. Sure, the cold season can bring plenty of inconvenience on roads and public transit but it can also make for some spectacular sights across Canada.

The Great White North is home to incredible terrain, historic sites, and cities that can sparkle with a sprinkling of snow.

We know winter has its challenges. But for now we'd rather focus on the beauty.

Here are 12 breathtaking sights to see in a Canadian winter:

"Canyon Lights" in North Vancouver, B.C.

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cliffwalk

They're quite something.

canyon lights

Niagara Falls. Frozen.

niagara falls frozen

niagara falls frozen

And especially at night.

niagara falls frozen

niagara falls frozen rainbow

An ice hotel.

hotel de glace

(Photo: Flickr user Rachid Lamzah/License)

hotel de glace

(Photo: Flickr user Clément Belleudy/License)

Could you sleep here?

hotel de glace

(Photo: Flickr user Pierre-Arnaud Kopp/License)

Winter art projects. Like Montreal's "Entre les Rangs."

entre les rangs

entre les rangs

Or "Prismatica."

prismatica

Old Quebec City.

quebec city winter

quebec city winter

It's magical at Christmastime.

quebec city winter

Night skating in Montreal's Old Port.

skating montreal winter

(Photo: Flickr user Michael Vesia/License)

It's breathtaking.

skating montreal winter

(Photo: Flickr user Christophe Roudet/License)

Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ont.

skating montreal winter

(Photo: Jazmin Million/Wikimedia Commons)

Its "Alight at Night' event sees millions of lights strung around historic buildings.

upper canada village alight at night

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upper canada village alight at night

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Moraine Lake in Alberta.

moraine lake alberta frozen

It's pretty at any time of year. But winter is special.

moraine lake alberta winter

The Icefields Parkway.

icefield parkway winter

(Photo: Flickr user Daveybobby/License)

It's a spectacular drive through Alberta's Rocky Mountains.

icefield parkway winter

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The Northern Lights over Nunavut.

northern lights canada winter

Watch them light up the snow on the ground.

northern lights canada winter

Winter can be tough ...

maritime snow tunnel

There was so much snow in the Maritimes last year, some people had to dig a tunnel to reach their car.(Photo: Stephanie Collicutt)

But it can also make for plenty of icy beauty.

northern lights canada winter

So just remember this when the cold gets you down.

winter canada landscape

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