The Seven Wonders of Quebec

St. Lawrence Seaway

Keith Jamieson

Canada is full of many natural wonders for which humans merit no credit, but to accept and to admire. However, all the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were built by people. In a like manner, therefore, I would say that of all the human-made structures in Canada, the St. Lawrence Seaway is certainly one of the Seven Wonders, for it provides the possibility of sea-going vessels to enter into the very heartland of North America with all its commercial implications.

Chateau Montebello

Rosa Papineau

The Chateau Montebello Hotel is renowned for being the world’s largest log “cabin.” It was built in 1930 on a spectacular site on the shore of the Ottawa River. It is grandiose considering when it was built.

Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish Park Project

Kathleen J. Wootton, Deputy Chief, Council of the Cree Nation of Mistissini

On behalf of the Chief and Council and the Cree Nation of Mistissini, I would like to submit this nomination for the Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish Park Project as one of the 7 wonders of Canada. Once realized as a Quebec provincial park, the Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish Park Project will protect a vast pristine territory (nearly 11,000 square km), which is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. This is the traditional homeland of the Mistissini Cree, an area that has been inhabited for millennia and continues to be inhabited in a traditional way by members of the Cree Nation of Mistissini. To the south, Lake Mistassini, the largest and deepest natural lake within the province with its limestone cliffs and shorelines is unique within the Canadian Shield. For this reason, it shelters many rare plant species. Within the boundary of the park, the Temiscamie River flows from its source to the north in the Otish Mountains and empties into Lake Albanel. The Otish Mountains harbour several summits reaching 1,000 meters and support Arctic tundra. And to the south, the Cosnier-Coldwater historical trade route has been used for millennia, linking the St Lawrence Valley to James Bay. This sector protects some key habitats for the vanishing woodland caribou. This unique park should be created during the year 2008, and it will welcome visitors from Canada and from abroad to discover the rich culture of the Eeyouch of Mistissini and the natural spaces they traditionally inhabit. More information about this potential 7th natural wonder of Canada can be found at

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The Cree Nation of Mistissini and the Government of Quebec have been working in partnership to develop and create the Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish Provincial Park.

Maple syrup

Erik Kanstrup

The sweetest, most delicious treat mother nature has to offer in this country.

St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal

Angela Wanner

St. Joseph’s Oratory, on the pinnacle of Mount Royal, is an awe-inspiring and spectacular landmark. The history of its construction… born out of Brother Andre’s faith in St. Joseph… is, in itself, nothing short of a miracle!

Fall colours in The Eastern Townships

Martine Lagasse

The intensity of the colors of the maple trees during the fall season is absolutely magnificent. It’s as if the trees are on fire!

La Rivière Kipawa – Laniel, Quebec

Alain Castonguay

‘Short, sweet and breathtaking’… The 16-km long Kipawa River flows from Lake Kipawa to Lake Temiscaming on the upper Ottawa River in Northwestern Quebec. It is both beautiful and virtually pristine, with many sets of rapids and a 90-foot waterfall in an area which is steeped in history and rich natural heritage. Its mixed-wood forested banks are beautiful, particularly on the lower half where stands of big red and white pine tower over the shoreline cedars.

This is the traditional territory of the Algonquin First Nations. Early explorers and fur traders camped at the mouth of the Kipawa River as far back as the 1690s. Its colorful modern history grew out of the virgin timber logging operations of the latter half of the 19th century when lumbermen drove their logs down to the markets in the south….

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The Kipawa River marks the northern end of a particularly beautiful natural area. The town of Temiscaming Sud marks the southern end. The area is forested and undeveloped. The shoreline of Lake Temiscaming along this stretch is incredibly beautiful, rugged and historic, with towering cliffs.

With the exception of one spot where the Kipawa winds out close to Highway 101 past a small cottage north of Laniel, and one logging access bridge, there is no development, no other cottages, and no buildings on the Kipawa River’s entire 16 km length. Paddlers commonly see loons, ducks and Osprey along the river, which is an indication of the health of the aquatic ecosystem. Moose, bear and deer are also occasionally spotted.

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