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Canada: the nation that gave us Niagara Falls and the Maple Leaf, but also these incredible architectural successes

Canada; the land of the Great White North is home to some amazing creations, both natural and man-made. Home to just under 38 million people, Canada has much to be proud of and much to offer tourists as well as its own residents. On offer, in particular, are the incredible feats of engineering success that dot the Canadian horizon. Here are just five to mention.

Niagara Falls

Casino Niagara

Established as a land casino in December 1996, Casino Niagara is one of the most popular casinos in the Ontario province and also one of the most impressive buildings to gaze at from the outside. With over 13,000 slot-machines and 30 gambling tables, Casino Niagara certainly rivals the booming online gambling scene too. Traditional brick-and-mortar establishments have had to try and combat the rise of online gambling and the plethora of casino sites, slots and new offerings such as slingo sites that have sprung up in recent years.

But, despite this online movement, Casino Niagara is proving that land-based betting is very much alive and well with its massive poker room and multi-purpose sports section offering unlimited entertainment with an incredible backdrop.

Montreal Biosphere

The Biosphere

One of the most famous buildings in Canada, the Montreal Biosphere was designed by architect and inventor, Richard Buckminster Fuller. Fuller’s idea was that a livable space could be created using a smaller proportion of materials that are typically used for construction and by taking advantage of geodesic design. Currently an interactive environmental museum, the Biosphere is a truly astonishing piece of kit.

Royal Canadian Mint

This triangular, high-end building really does put ‘royal’ into the Royal Canadian Mint. Located in Winnipeg and finished in 1976, the building is home to Canada’s circulation coins and collector coins, but also sits perfectly on the skyline as a remarkable feat of engineering.

Sharp Centre for Design

One of the most controversial yet striking buildings in Canada, the Sharp Centre for Design is a love-it-or-hate-it type structure that certainly hits the eye. Created in 2004, it features a modern design that aimed to represent the current urban architectural design trends in Canada. Though exciting in design, its use is rather mundane: residential units and office spaces inhabit the building.

Habitat 67

A Montreal extravaganza, Habitat 67 was designed in 1967 for the World’s Fair, yet its initial aim was to be part of a college thesis project directed at famous Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. Safdie still owns one of the residential units located within the building, with Habitat 67 certainly one to look out for if you are interested in architectural successes.

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