Part of Canada’s wonderful charm is its stunning scenery. The Canadian outdoors is spectacular no matter where you visit and part of what makes it so is the abundance of lakes. Each province and territory has an array of lakes, including alpine, glacial, boreal and other varieties.

There are few things more relaxing than spending time near a body of water. Listening to the water lap against the shore, watching ripples made by fish or ducks and enjoying nature are surefire ways to instantly melt stress and put you at ease. No matter where you travel to in Canada, you’re bound to come across a lake or two.

Lake Moraine

Situated in the province of Alberta, Lake Moraine is a prime example of Canada’s stunning beauty. It’s certainly one to put on the must-see list and with hiking and mountain biking trails, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing there’s plenty to do around here. Adventure seekers in the area can try their hand at rock climbing, cross country skiing and ice skating in the winter months.

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Lake Winnipeg

The sixth largest lake in Canada, Lake Winnipeg is bordered by dazzling boreal forests, sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and bat caves. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or a little of both you’ll find it here. Lake Winnipeg is also home to a diverse ecosystem with unexplored islands and tributary rivers.

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Garibaldi Lake

In British Columbia you’ll find Garibaldi Lake, less than a two hour drive from Vancouver. Garibaldi Lake is one of Canada’s most beautiful and is a popular destination for hiking and canoeing in the summer and for a variety of cold weather activities in the winter. Along with water views, you can take in the impressive mountain peaks like Black Tusk. Garibaldi Lake’s turquoise colors is unusual and breathtaking. It’s the result of concentrated glacial runoff water from the tops of the mountains mixed with small rock particles to create what looks like moving art.

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Kootenay Lake

Also in British Columbia you’ll find Kootenay Lake. Located in the south of this province, Kootenay Lake is the fourth largest in British Columbia. This lake is situated in the Canadian Rockies between the ranges Nelson and Purcell, flowing into the Kootenay River. If you watch closely you may spot a grizzly bear roaming the forest! Kootenay Lake also has a year-round ferry that crosses between Kootenay Bay and Balfour, a popular summer destination.

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Lake Simcoe

If you’re looking for a retreat from Ontario’s summer heat, head to Lake Simcoe. This freshwater lake is a perfect spot for an afternoon of fishing, jet skiing or boating around the water. If you want to try something new, it’s also often used for kite surfing. Lake Simcoe is just as fun in the winter months when it freezes over and becomes host to numerous ice fishing competitions. Sailing enthusiasts can check out any of the seven yacht clubs around the lake, which host a variety of regattas.

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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and home to major Canadian cities, Hamilton and Toronto. The name 'Ontario' means "Lake of shining waters" in the ancient Huron language. From boat trips and water sports to wine tasting and tours of the spectacular Niagara Falls, there is plenty to do and see on this popular lake.

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Great Bear Lake

The Northwest Territories is home to Great Bear Lake, and though it’s not so easily accessible, it’s worth the trip. Adventure seekers will love the challenge of trekking up the lake, and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the landscape and the wildlife. This lake gets its name from the First Nations living in the northern shore who called themselves Chipewyan, meaning “grizzly bear water people.”

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