Canada is famous for its stunning vistas, from the Arctic shores to the Rocky Mountains. But that’s not all the country has to boast about. It also has engrossing cities, rich wildlife and some of the friendliest people on Earth.

As Canada marks its 150th birthday, we celebrate all that makes the country great in pictures. (And we couldn’t resist throwing in a lake or two.)

150th celebrations in Ottawa

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec, Canada

Skiing in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Colombia, Canada, North America

A First Nations totem pole

Vermillion Lakes and Mt. Rundle in autumn, Alberta, Canada

Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle, Alberta

Vermillion Lakes and Mt. Rundle in autumn, Alberta, Canada

Sandy beach on Lake Ontario in Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Sandy beach of Lake Ontario in Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Salt Flats, Grosbeak Lake, Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

Salt Flats, Grosbeak Lake, Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rocky Mountaineer train at Morant’s curve, Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Alberta

Rocky Mountaineer train, Canadian Rockies, Banff national Park, Alberta, Canada, North America

Polar bears, Wapusk National Park, Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba

Wapusk National Park, Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada, North America

Blue Peyto Lake, Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta

Peyto Lake, Banff-Jasper National Parks, Canada, North America

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, North America

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Toronto, Canada, North America

Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland, Canada, North America

Native Inuit, Churchill, Manitoba

Inuits, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, North America

Wild bull moose

Canadian Moose, Canada, North America

The Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada, North America

Iceberg, Nunavut

Iceberg, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic, North America

Humpback whales, Tofino, Vancouver Island

Whales, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Island Lake, British Columbia

Canoeing on Island Lake, British Colombia, Canada, North America

Île-Verte Lighthouse, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Québec

Ile Verte Lighthouse, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
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