The 11 Most Impressive Buildings in Canada
POSTED April 11, 2019
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A writer who has worked with many publications including Lonely Planet, LA Times, and BBC.
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Fogo Island InnCanada’s most dramatic contemporary hotel building, this awe-inspiring Newfoundland landmark thrusts towards the water like a space-age boat about to launch.
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Château FrontenacThe most imposing of Canada’s historic railway hotels, this castellated multi-turreted edifice is Québec City’s most-photographed building – for good reason.
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Canada PlaceThe sail-shaped building that launched a million postcards, Vancouver’s pier, conference centre and cruise ship terminal is a must-see for downtown visitors.
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Banff Springs HotelNestled among Rocky Mountain forests, this iconic Fairmont property looks like a giant wedding cake – especially when its gabled rooftop is frosted with fresh-fallen snow.
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Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de QuébecCanada’s most famous church, this Old Québec landmark has an achingly ornate interior. Built more than 350 years ago, it’s also one of North America’s oldest places of worship.
Parliament BuildingsPerfectly framed on Parliament Hill, Ottawa’s grand, gothic revival pile echoes but improves on the 19th-century British architecture that inspired it.
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Canadian Museum for Human RightsWinnipeg’s most striking modern landmark, this 2014-opened structure was designed by Antoine Predock and resembles a huge hand holding a beacon of hope.
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Habitat 67Built for the Expo 67 World’s Fair yet still looking decidedly futuristic, Montreal’s most famous housing complex was designed by architect Moshe Safdie.
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Art Gallery of OntarioA 19th-century building transformed by Frank Gehry’s sparkling glass and wood-framed façade, Toronto’s AGO is one of North America’s largest and best-looking art museums.
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Marine BuildingOnce the British Empire’s tallest skyscraper, Vancouver’s 1931-built art deco masterpiece is richly adorned with aquatic and transportation-themed decorative motifs.
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Studio BellThe 2016-opened Calgary home of the National Music Center wraps its silvery arms around an old-school live music tavern, moved here from across the city.