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

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Winter holiday light show projected at night on the Canadian House of Parliament to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada in Ottawa, Canada.© Felix Lipov/Shutterstock

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Canada.© Vlad G/Shutterstock

Skiing in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Teenage skier Whistler with icon Rocky Mountains, Canada.© alexfe/Shutterstock

A First Nations totem pole

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: First Nations Totem Pole.© akphotoc/Shutterstock

Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle, Alberta

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Mount Rundle reflected in Vermillion Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.© DCBPresents/Shutterstock

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

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: sand dune in sandbanks provincial park, Canada.© marevos imaging/Shutterstock

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

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Salt Plains and blue, cloudy sky. Wood Buffalo National Park Alberta, Canada.© Dancestrokes/Shutterstock

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

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Long freight train moving along Bow river in Canadian Rockies ,Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies,Canada.© i viewfinder/Shutterstock

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

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Polar bear with cubs in Canadian Arctic.© outdoorsman/Shutterstock

Blue Peyto Lake, Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Peyto Lake of Banff National Park in Canada.© TRphotos/Shutterstock

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Parliament hill in Ottawa, Canada.© Friend of a Friend Films/Shutterstock

Niagara Falls, Ontario

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Horseshoe Fall, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.© Alexander Demyanenko/Shutterstock

Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Stack of multicolored kayaks on the shore in Newfoundland, Canada.© George Burba/Shutterstock

Native Inuit, Churchill, Manitoba

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Man walking alone in vast snowy landscape with only his footprints.© Heiko Wittenborn/Shutterstock

Wild bull moose

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: A bull moose wanders through the Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta.© Chase Dekker/Shutterstock

The Icefields Parkway, Alberta

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Scenic Herbert Lake on the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada.© BGSmith/Shutterstock

Iceberg, Nunavut

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: A massive iceberg sports a double arch, creating a passageway completely through the berg, in Baffin Bay, between Canada and Greenland.© City Escapes Nature Photo/Shutterstock

Humpback whales, Tofino, Vancouver Island

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Breaching Humpback Whale near Tofino Vancouver Island, Canada.© Stuart Slavicky/Shutterstock

Island Lake, British Columbia

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: Emerald Lake Dreamy landscape, Yoho National Park, British Columbia.© Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock

The Borgot lighthouse and the red cliffs of Magdalen Islands, Québec

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada: The Borgot lighthouse and the beautiful red cliffs of Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada.© Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock

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