Is there anything more romantic, smoothing, and mesmerizing than a beautiful sunset? Canada abounds in natural beauty from northern lights to the midnight sun, and these gorgeous pictures of sunsets in Canada will melt your heart away!
“There is nothing more musical than a sunset.” Claude Debussy
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12 Gorgeous pictures of sunsets in Canada to melt your heart!
Elk Island National Park, Alberta
Located about 30-40 minutes away from the capital city of Alberta is the stunning Elk Island National Park. The park is home to bison and is a dark sky preserve (perfect for chasing northern lights and starry skies, in case you are wondering).
Inside the national park is a bison loop, and the unspoilt Lake Astotin. Every summer, there are sunset tours conducted by Haskin Canoe, located inside the park. They also provide voyager canoe and kayaks on rent.
You can soak in those golden hues without a canoe tour too, but if you embark on one, you won’t be disappointed.
Peggy Cove, Nova Scotia
The iconic lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia is a crowd puller. Now imagine watching the sky being painted in warm orange colors, in the after-glow of the sunset.
Peggy Cove is located only 45 minutes away from Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia. It is on the shore of St. Margarets Bay. You can take a scenic drive up to the little village that houses the iconic spot. It is a perfect spot to visit in the morning, and prettier in the evenings!
A gorgeous photography location in Canada, and one of the most photographed spots in the world!
Other popular spots in Nova Scotia for sunsets – Cape Breton Island.
Toronto Harbourfront, Ontario
Toronto Downtown is the bustling city center. One of the coolest things about the downtown is quick access to Lake Ontario, ferry rides and Toronto Island.
While exploring and wandering through downtown, wait for the sun to go down, and admire the golden hues. There are many walkways and boardwalks (with benches nearby), where you can sit back and enjoy a moment of utter gorgeousness.
To capture the beautiful Toronto skyline, yeah with the iconic CN Tower at its backdrop, you must go to the Toronto Centre Islands. It only takes about 15 minutes for a ferry ride from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at 9 Queen’s Quay West) to the islands.
At the Centre Island, you can hang out the entire day from enjoying picnics, boat rides, romantic brunches, strolls at the beach and more. Wait for the evening, and capture the stunning views of Toronto Skyline in (warm) candy colors.
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper is the largest of the national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Many of the sightseeing attractions inside the national park are perfect photography spots for sunrises and sunsets.
From the Spirit Island to Maligne Lake, and the very downtown of Jasper is a heaven for sunsets. However, keep in mind during summers the sun sets pretty late – sometimes even after 09:30 pm. So make note of the sunset hours to capture this beauty!
Sunset canoeing is also possible at the Patricia and Pyramid lakes.
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” – George R. R. Martin
Sunset on the Prairies
The Canadian province of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (along with the Great Plains) are called the Prairies. This region is characterized by grasslands, plains, and lowlands. So essentially no mountains.
And when the ‘golden hour’ (hour before sunset) hits the ground it blankets the entire landscape in warm orange hues, with golden lights falling on farms, and open spaces.
When it is sunset, all you can see is the bright sun and its rays, there is nothing to intervene or obstruct your view (or photographs).
Embarking on road trips in the Prairies in the evening is delightful, just lower your car window and soak in those views.
Forillon National Park, Quebec
Forillon National Park is the oldest national park in Quebec. It’s location on the outer tip of the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec makes for stunning sunset settings.
There is a lighthouse, called the Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse, near the village of Cap-des-Rosiers, which is perfect to view the sun go down. Visitors to the national park embark on trails (Mount Saint Alban), and whale watching at the Gaspé Bay.
Vermillion Lakes, Alberta
Vermillion lakes are a group of lakes located inside the Banff National Park. Quite easily accessible is the part of the lake located between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks.
If you wish to capture the mesmerizing views of Mount Rundle, you have to make your way to the Vermillion Lakes. This location is also a popular spot to chase northern lights.
The lake is accessible all year round. In the height of summer months, the sun sets as late as 10:00 pm, and if you visit during ‘regular’ evening hours like 06:00 or 07:00 pm, you will see the sun shine brightly minus the golden hues.
During winters, you can also skate here, and of course catch those green dancing lights for free!
Niagara Falls Sunsets, Ontario
The popular Niagara Falls is perfect heaven to view Canadian sunsets. The sun rays fall on the gushing waterfalls making it tranquil and a moment to behold forever.
Whether a day trip from Toronto or a weekend getaway, ensure you head to one of the viewing platforms to capture the sunsets at Niagara. For a romantic dinner, opt for a meal at the Skylon tower restaurants.
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi
If you are an urban dweller, Montreal has tons of sunset viewpoints to keep you happy. Start with the neighbourhood of Cité du havre, to witness those candy colored skies.
Love skyscrapers? Don’t miss evenings in downtown Montreal from rooftop bars or apartment buildings, where sunsets are a breeze. During summers the sun sets at around 08:30 pm (earlier than the western side of Canada).
Not too far away from downtown Montreal is Mont Royal Park, which is also another popular spot for sunset viewing.
Edmonton neighbourhoods, Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. It is North America’s northernmost metropolitan area with a population of over one million. Everyday life in Edmonton brings in quiet moments wherein you can enjoy wonderful natural wonders.
We have pictured here a photo of Edmonton neighbourhoods where the sun is seen shining brightly against the houses.
In the downtown Edmonton area, you can see the sun setting over tall buildings, bridges and the North Saskatchewan river.
Here is another picture from Edmonton, of the Legislative building (or the Ledge), and it was captured during one of those days when wildfires were spread in Fort Mac.
The time of sunset here during summers is around 09:00 pm, and the picture above was taken in the summer months at around 5:00 pm.
Lake of the Woods Provincial Park, Ontario
Located on the borders of Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota, the Lake of the Woods Provincial Park is a perfect transition zone where three distinct natural environments meet—northern, southern, and prairies.
The sun sets here late (like the western region) at about 09:00 pm. You can easily spend a day at the provincial park from fishing, camping, hiking to picnicking. Or stop by as part of your road trip!
Another popular spot in Ontario is capturing the Caribbean-blue Lake Huron in Grand Bend.
READ: Scenic lakes in Canada
Vancouver Harbourfront, British Columbia
Harbour Fronts are a treat for an amazing sunset experience. And Vancouver is no different, in fact, it is our favorite. Wandering through the urban jungle, with beautiful gardens and skyscrapers, the waterfront of Vancouver will melt your heart.
Stroll the promenade or hang out at the Canada Place and soak in the views of the English Bay. You can also view sunsets at the Stanley Park and the Vancouver Seawall.
Beautiful, isn’t it?
We hope you enjoyed this list of gorgeous sunsets in Canada. Share with us, which is your favorite?