Given the expanse of Canada, you can be sure there are destination gems that you may have not heard about, but have plenty to offer visitors.
Prince Edward County
("the County") is a region of southeastern Ontario that juts into Lake Ontario. Since the late 1990s, Prince Edward County
has been distinguishing itself among foodies. Top chefs have been drawn to the area for the abundance of local produce, local wineries and breweries and cheese shops.
Artisans also have found the area (or have been found by visitors), with galleries, boutiques and antique shops popping up across the region.
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Cape Breton is an island at the tip of Nova Scotia - one of the Maritime provinces in Eastern Canada. Although Cape Breton is part of Nova Scotia, it has a distinct identity. Today, Cape Breton is an island famous for its Celtic heritage, which visitors may enjoy through the music, food and charm of the people. Cape Breton is also home to one of the world's most beautiful drives: the Cabot Trail.
Îles de la Madeleine are in maritime Québec, in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The stunning environment of the islands is marked by sand dunes, interspersed with island "mounds" and valleys. Red sandstone cliffs carved by wind and water into natural sculptures, sand dunes and beaches complete this rich, unique landscape.
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Charlevoix is a gorgeous gulf-side region of Quebec, near Quebec City. Several towns make up Charlevoix, including Baie-Saint-Paul, La Malbaie, Saint-Siméon and Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Le Massif is the area's major ski hill where skiers can enjoy stunning views of the St Lawrence River from the hills. Hiking, cycling, gastronomy, galleries, a casino and historic hotel round out Charlevoix' attractions.
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Canmore is an hour outside of Calgary and minutes away from Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore is small and quaint, yet still offers several excellent restaurants, plus galleries and gift shops. This area is also an outdoor lover's dream with an array of hiking trails and ski hills, including proximity to the the four biggies - Banff's Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, Lake Louise or Nakiska.
Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly province. Its capital city hugs the Atlantic Ocean and is rich in natural beauty and home to some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. I've never met anyone who visited St. John's who wasn't stunned by how much they enjoyed the city.
Tofino is a gem set on the west coast of Vancouver Island. With a population under 2000, Tofino has retained a quaint small-town charm, but with grand surrounding landscape, including spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Clayquot Sound, now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Popular Tofino activities include whale watching, storm watching, surfing, hiking and sea kayaking.
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The Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia, Canada's most westerly province, is a popular destination because of its wineries, ski resorts, gorgeous scenery and warm climate (relative to the rest of Canada, that is).
Located two hours' south of Calgary, Fort Macleod is the only Designated Historic Area in the Province of Alberta and home to many architecturally significant "old west" buildings.
Nearby Fort Macleod is Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Waterton National Park, which has a reputation as one of the most stunningly beautiful parks in North America.
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The Eastern Townships is a southeastern Quebec gem that many U.S. travellers have come to appreciate along with Montreal cottagers. Aside from stunning fall colour, this region of Quebec offers visitors a glimpse back into the 18th and 19th centuries with well-preserved, picturesque towns boasting traditional architecture, such as churches, homes, round barns, covered bridges and more.