3 new must-visit tourist attractions in Canada

Jasper Skywalk

(This article originally appeared on our sister site, Travelandescape.ca, by Steph Spencer)

Several attractions are set to open, offering new experiences and different perspectives for visitors to some of Canada’s most popular destinations. Here are a few we’re excited about.

Cruise Niagara Falls on a Catamaran

Taking a boat cruise to see Niagara Falls up close has been a perennial favourite since it was first offered to visitors centuries ago. Now, a new generation of boats has been launched for the Voyage to the Falls cruise.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises just announced the names of its two new catamarans, built for viewing the falls. Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder can each carry up to 700 plastic-poncho-clad passengers on its tiered decks designed to optimize viewing of the astoundingly powerful waterfalls.

See the Columbia Ice Fields from a New Vantage Point

Glass floors have a polarizing effect on people. Either they are an exhilarating way to gain new perspective on the landscape below, or they are a terrifying folly for foolhardy thrill-seekers. If you fall into the first category, then you’ll want know about the new Glacier Skywalk.

Opening in May, the Glacier Skywalk Experience is the first major new attraction to open in Jasper National Park in 50 years. The experience interprets different aspects of the surrounding landscape, including the geology, biology and ecology of the unique ecosystem. The tour culminates in a 30-metre glass observation deck where visitors can view the Columbia Icefields and Sunwapta Valley from a vantage point that’s higher than the Eiffel Tower.

Reflect on Humanity in Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been many years in the making, but it’s finally set to open in September.

The museum is housed in a striking new building at The Forks designed by architect Antoine Predock, whose Tower of Hope has already become a feature of the Winnipeg skyline before the attraction has even opened.

Exhibits focus on international human rights concepts interpreted through a Canadian lens and are intended to be not only educational and uplifting, but also thought-provoking, so that visitors are challenged to contemplate humanity. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights also claims to be the only museum in the world devoted solely to human rights education.