With international travel plans on hiatus for essentially the past two years, we have developed a new appreciation for all the diverse and majestic landscapes on our own soil. Turns out, you don’t even have to venture beyond Canada’s borders to find deserts, rainforests, and cobblestone streets straight out of a European village.
There are so many places in this country that are incredibly similar to other places in the world, and here are 6 of the best examples.
Mount Washington, BC / Upernavik, Greenland
The Mt. Washington ski resort on Vancouver Island has many similarities to Upernavik, a small town in northwest Greenland. From the snowy landscape to the multicolored houses, you could barely tell the two apart in some photos.
Quebec, QC / Brussels, Belgium
Widely known as Canada’s most European city, Quebec City is sometimes compared to European cities like Vienna and Brussels for its historic architecture, cobbled streets, and narrow alleys lined with shops and cafes.
Quebec City is one of the oldest European colonies in North America and it has definitely retained its historic charm.
Drumheller, Alberta / South Dakota, USA
Drumheller is home to the badlands of Alberta. The area is known for its iconic sand and clay cornerstones called hoodoos and the dramatic landscape of the Horseshoe Valley. Its rugged beauty closely resembles Badlands National Park in South Dakota, made up of rock formations, canyons, and similar wildlife.
Banff Upper Hot Springs / Rigi Kaltbad, Switzerland
The stunning mountainside hot springs of Banff, Miette and Radium – known collectively as the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs – resemble Switzerland’s Mineralbad & Spa in the Swiss Alps resort called Rigi Kaltbad.
The springs overlook the majestic Rigi mountains and in addition to the panoramic views, guests have access to herbal saunas, treatment rooms and a crystal spa, according to Free time.
Tofino, BC / Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
There’s no place in Canada (or the world) quite like the beach town of Tofino on Vancouver Island. Its year-round foggy climate, breathtaking sandy shores, and ancient rainforests put Tofino in a league of its own, but it shares some similarities with Carmel-by-the-Sea in California.
Also a small seaside town on a peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea has both sandy beaches and impressive rocky cliffs, similar to those you’ll find in Tofino.
Osoyoos, BC / Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico
The city of Osoyoos in the Okanagan Valley is known as Canada’s pocket desert and its landscape is one of a kind. This vast and extraordinary region is home to one of the rarest ecosystems in the world.
In photos, you would barely be able to tell it apart from the Chihuahuan Desert in northern Mexico and the southern United States.