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Eight Canadian lakes everyone's got to see

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Looking for some road trip inspiration? Why not take a tour of some of Canada's fantastic lakes?

You'll have plenty to choose from.

Approximately 9% of Canada's surface is covered in freshwater, and there are more than 32,000 lakes in the country!

There are far to many to list here, so here are 8 note-worthy lakes.

We've left the Great Lakes out of this list, but they're definitely worth a visit as well.

8. GARIBALDI LAKE, B.C.

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Located south of Squamish in Garibaldi Provincial Park, the area around this spectacular lake offers incredible hiking trails that wind around mountains, glaciers and waterfalls, among other things. The park is a wildlife protected area, so you'll probably catch a glimpse of a few furry friends as well.

7. OKANAGAN LAKE, B.C.

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The area around this stunning lake boasts sandy beaches, beautiful pine trees and panoramic views. There's a reason many visitors to B.C. have this lake on their "must see" list.

6. LAKE MORAINE, ALBERTA

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Arguably one of Canada's most famous lakes, Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed body of water located in Banff National Park. It reaches its crest in mid-to-late June and, due to refraction off the rock flour deposited in the lake, the water is a stunning shade of blue.

5. LAKE WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

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An incredible place to take in the northern lights, Lake Winnipeg covers a whopping 24,514 square kilometres and is the sixth-largest freshwater lake in Canada. There's plenty to do here, from canoeing, to waters skiing, to relaxing on a dock with a good book.

4. MUSKOKA LAKE, ONTARIO

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Mention "Muskoka" to many Ontario residents and they'll start daydreaming about spectacular sunsets, lazy days on a dock and wildlife -- not to mention incredible cottages and those famous Muskoka chairs.

Located between Port Carling and Gravenhurst, the area is a huge tourist draw year-round.

3. LAKE CHAMPLAIN, QUEBEC

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There's lots to see and do in and around this incredible lake, which stretches into the U.S. states of Vermont and New York, as well as into Quebec.

2. BRAS D'OR LAKE, NOVA SCOTIA

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The Bras d'Or Lake covers an area of approximately 1,099 square kilometres.

Surrounded almost completely by hills, mountains and trees, the area offers one photo op after another.

1. GREAT SLAVE LAKE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

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The Great Slave Lake is the second-largest lake in Canada's NWT, following Great Bear Lake, covering an area of 27,200 square kilometres. It's also the deepest in North America at 614 metres. Oh, and it's spectacular.

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