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The New York Times has come out with its annual "52 places to go" ranking, and Canada has claimed the top spot.

Canada tops prestigious "places to go" ranking

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7:15 PM - The New York Times has come out with its annual "52 Places to Go" ranking, and Canada has claimed the top spot.

We mean all of Canada, the whole place, from sea to sea to sea. That's a lot of eye candy given, as the Times points out, that Canada is the world's second-largest country.

"It’s also a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between," author Remy Scalza writes. "And this is the year to visit: In honor of the 150th anniversary of its confederation, when the original colonies came together as one country, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat."

The Times notes that all of Canada's 200-plus national parks and historic sites feature free admission in 2017, and the newspaper singles out the mountains and lakes of Banff, Alta., the "rolling dunes and red sandstone cliffs" of Prince Edward Island, and Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve in Labrador. The Times also shouts out the national capital Ottawa, where many of the 150th anniversary celebrations will be focussed, and Montreal, which turns 375 this year. Tofino, B.C., also gets a mention.

Here are our favourite reader and viewer-submitted shots of the parts of Canada that caught the Times' eye. But, as they pointed out, Canada is a big place, and there's plenty of amazing shots from every province and territory in our gallery.

Tofino, B.C.

Image: Karen Bradley

Banff, Alberta

Image: Wayne C.

Prince Edward Island

Image: Leila Crawford

Mealy Mountains, Labrador

Image: Jackie Heath

Ottawa, Ont.

Image: Gerald Schmitz

Montreal, Que.

Image: Frederic Hore

SOURCE: New York Times

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