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Two Canadian destinations make National Geographic's list of must-see places


The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many species of bear, including the grizzly (file photo courtesy: Steve Hillebrand)
The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many species of bear, including the grizzly (file photo courtesy: Steve Hillebrand)

Staff writers

March 14, 2013 — Canada's east and west coasts make an appearance on National Geographic's list of must-see destinations.

Cape Breton is a definite must-see (courtesy: Jurek Durczak)
Cape Breton is a definite must-see (courtesy: Jurek Durczak)

Looking for vacation ideas?

Why not try British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest or Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island?

Both spots made National Geographic's 2013 list of must-see places.

Cape Breton Island, best known for hiking trails and stunning greenery, is no stranger to recognition: Travel and Leisure magazine has voted it one of the world's best islands three times so far.

National Geographic recommends visiting the island in October to take advantage of the Celtic Colours music and cultural festival -- but there's plenty to do year-round, like exploring Highlands National Park (which covers approximately 20% of northern Cape Breton).

In western Canada, British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest represents the world's largest untouched coastal temperate rainforest, spanning more than 400 kilometres.

It's home to breathtaking plants and trees, including 1,000 year-old western red cedar, as well as some of the country's largest grizzlies and rare white kermode spirit bears.

What's your favourite Canadian destination? Let us know in the comments below!

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