What It Shows
This infographic lists the top areas and attractions in Canada, ordered by number of yearly visits.
Why It’s Good
I like that there’s an image for each attraction in the list. It’s hard to sell a tourist destination without an image, so good on them for including the pictures.
The choice of data was good. How many visitors, the year opened, and the tourist revenue generated work together nicely.
Unlike other infographics that use icons that I’ve complained about, this one actually gives a per unit scale.
What It’s Missing
This infographics has some problems.
First, it’s rather ugly. The reds clash on their own, and mix weirdly with the blues. The text under each item in the list is grim and not easy to read, and the maple leaf has a lopped off stem for no apparent reason. The header is also indulgently massive.
I like that they gave a unit measure for the little man icons, but then they went and gave the visitor figure for each attraction anyway. I could have done with either the unit scale, or the totals, but both seems a bit redundant.
Spelling mistakes in infographics are unacceptable. They should be professional, and spelling errors damage the credibility with sloppiness. The mistakes are big ones, too, like “Viex Port” (supposed to be “Vieux Port”) as an item in the list, and “Candian Pacific Railways” in #8. Misspelling Canadian! Ugh.
Finally, I’m surprised that the cities in which these attractions are located did not form a part of the basic info breakdowns. You have to read the block of text to see where they are, and some even don’t have the city name! Canada’s Wonderland, for example, isn’t indicated as being in Toronto. The nation map at the top isn’t enough, especially not for a tourist.
A little bit of sourcing wouldn’t have hurt, either.
Good concept, decent format ideas, relatively poor execution.
This infographic is located at Canada 411 here.