Canada marks Earth Hour 2016


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Climate change is a hot topic around the world. In Canada, nationals proudly demonstrated their affinity with the country’s spectacular landscape and environment by participating in Earth Hour earlier this month.

Earth Hour is a global event that aims to promote a positive message about protecting our planet and the incredible habitats and creatures that call it home. By switching off the lights for just 60 minutes, you can show your solidarity and have a positive impact on the future of climate change. For Canada, where several national landmarks attract hordes of sightseers to take holidays to Canada every year, caring for these natural beauty spots is a key priority.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led the country’s support of Earth Hour, calling on his fellow citizens to plunge Canada into darkness and get behind the organisation’s important message about climate change.

In a tweet on Saturday March 19th, Trudeau wrote:

He later went on to suggest that the federal budget, announced the following week, would accommodate climate change action, adding:

“We’re all on this planet together. Tweeting about Earth Hour is one thing. Tuesday, we’ll put words into action with a budget that builds a clean economy for Canada.”

With the Prime Minister expressing Canada’s concern for the environment, it’s easy to see that the country has a lot to protect. In 2007, Canadian network CBC Television’s show The National held a competition asking viewers to vote for their top seven wonders of Canada.

Naturally, the likes of world-famous sites like Niagara Falls, The Canadian Rockies, Nahanni National Park, Bay of Fundy and Cabot Trail made the list – as chosen by the Canadian people! With so many popular beauty spots to choose, which other landmarks feature in the top seven?

The unusual Sleeping Giant won the hearts of the nation, claiming first place in the race. This characterful land formation resembles (you guessed it…) a giant and has been an admired fixture of Sibley Peninsula in Ontario for generations. Measuring up to 250 metres high, legend has it that the giant is actually Nanabijou – a mythological figure of the indigenous North American Ojibwa community. Today, the Sleeping Giant lies on his back forming the steep cliffs in the namesake Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Sleeping Giant in Ontario in Canada

From earth to sky, the Northern Lights also find their way into Canada’s favourite natural phenomena. The Aurora Borealis, a naturally occurring light display in the heavens, astounds spectators around the world and it seems the Canadian people feel the same way. With the nation’s northern provinces reaching far into the Arctic Circle, Canada is an ideal destination to see the light show for yourself. Fort McMurray in Alberta is particularly well situated to soak up this once-in-a-lifetime view, and on a side note, the location’s Vista Ridge ski area is ideal for skiing in Canada.

Northern Lights in Canada

For more information on action the Canadian government is taking to protect its amazing landscapes, visit

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