Our country’s raw and rugged beauty is no secret to the rest of the world, and now it’s official: Canada is the second most beautiful country in the world.

According to a survey conducted by British travel guide website Rough Guides, travellers chose the Great White North as one of the world’s most spectacular destinations, second only to Scotland.

“In a close call for second place is Canada: home of lumberjacks, beavers and maple syrup (if you believe everything you read),” says Rough Guides.

“Of course, there’s much more on offer in Canada, not least its mixture of raw beauty and majestic landscapes.”

Besides our delicious maple syrup and adorable beaver friends, the British company cites the vast wilderness of the Yukon and BC’s many world-class alpine resorts as just a few reasons why travellers visit Canada.

“The turquoise colours of Lake Louise are an Instagrammer’s delight, while the East Coast cities of Toronto and Montreal charm with their great restaurants and cosmopolitan atmosphere.”

The top 20 most beautiful countries in the world according to Rough Guide are:

1. Scotland
2. Canada
3. New Zealand
4. Italy
5. South Africa
6. Indonesia
7. England
8. Iceland
9. US
10. Wales
11. Slovenia
12. Mexico
13. India
14. Finland
15. Switzerland
16. Peru
17. Norway
18. Ireland
19. Croatia
20. Vietnam