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The 10 most breathtaking mountains in Canada

Mountains in Canada are too many to count. From the Rocky Mountains to the Coast Mountains, the St. Elias Mountains and beyond, it's undeniable that our country has some of the most impressive mountain views in the world.  

Here are some of the most breathtaking mountains in Canada.

Mount Nimbus, B.C.

This mountain is a standout not only for its thrusting, jagged shape, but because of the fact that it can be taken in from a suspension bridge more than 600 m in the air.

But, be ready to commit to this exhilarating feat: visitors need to ride a helicopter to get there, and have to hike 2.5 km of terrain to get back.

Tombstone Mountains, Yukon

This hulking series of peaks in central Yukon is the namesake for the territorial park it resides in, and is known for its stellar views. Nicknamed the "Patagonia of the North," the steep range's serrated tops make it look like something out of a fantasy book or movie.

Ha Ling Peak, Alberta

This 2,407 m peak on Mount Lawrence Grassi near Canmore has had a controversial history due to its formerly racist name, which stuck for more than 100 years before it was finally changed in 1997. It's a popular site for tourists, so the trail to reach it can be quite heavily trafficked during peak — no pun intended — hiking season.

The Three Sisters, Alberta

Not to be confused with the trio of mountains of the same name in Oregon, these iconic Canadian peaks are extremely recognizable from many vantage points in and around Canmore.

For added excitement, view them while partaking in outdoor activities like whitewater rafting on the nearby Kananaskis River.

Mount Burgess, B.C.

This impressive beauty in Yoho National Park is one of a few well-known standalone peaks in the Rockies. The mountain overlooks the beautiful glacial Emerald Lake and boasts some of the world's most important fossil beds, the Burgess Shale.

The site has World Heritage designation and is the oldest in the world containing soft-part imprints.

Floe Peak, B.C.

This 3,006 m summit in Kootenay National Park doesn't yet officially go by this moniker, but has adopted the epithet for Floe Lake, which it overlooks.

It is strikingly symmetrical in appearance and is part of the Vermilion Mountain Range.

Foster Peak, B.C.

Like Floe Peak, this stunning mountain face is located in the Vermilion Range of B.C.'s Kootenay National Park, which is known for its stark scenic contrasts between hot springs, snow-capped peaks, and glacial lakes and rivers. It is the highest peak in the whole range.

Mount McLean, B.C.

The member of the Mission Ridge has been a bit of cause for confusion for some visitors, as the name actually refers to two summits, one of which is the highest peak in the entire range. It sits about 7 km from the town of Lillooet in south-central B.C, east of Vancouver.

Mount Thor, Nunavut

Located on Baffin Island — which is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest on earth — this distinctive leaning peak has the world's greatest "purely" vertical drop, of 1,201 m at an angle of about 105 degrees. If you're in for a thrill, this is definitely one for your bucket list.

Gros Morne Summit, Newfoundland and Labrador

This peak offers unbeatable views of the lush forested mountains that help comprise the varying landscape of tablesands, fjords, rugged coasts and beaches in this must-visit Atlantic national park of the same name.

Lead photo by

Kalen Emsley


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