Canada’s major cities don’t have all the good attractions! Take a trip off the beaten path to enjoy some of our country’s lesser-known towns. You won’t find skyscrapers or major resorts, but you will find unique and unexpected delights in these underrated Canadian towns!
1. Elmira, Ontario. This community is one of those delightful, slow-paced Mennonite communities that offers the charms of an era long gone. The best thing about this town is the delicious fresh produce, which you can pick up when you visit. If you rather wait until the Spring, try to visit during the one-day Maple Syrup Festival – it’s one of the world’s largest!
2. Twillingate, Newfoundland. Twillingate is about a half day’s drive north of St. John’s. This is one of the best places to experience Notre Dame Bay and is a great location to watch the annual Iceberg Migration.
3. Resolute, Nunavut. This community has the impressive distinction of being one of coldest continually inhabited towns in the world. Test your stamina when you visit! You’ll get 24 hours of sunshine in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter, all with an awesome view of the Northern Lights.
4. King’s Landing, New Brunswick. This cool little town is located in Prince William. Visit the historic area to see what the area looked like in the 1800s and 1900s, complete with historically accurate costumes and original architecture.
5. Owen Sound, Ontario. Owen Sound may be only a marginally-popular tourist town, but this place is an awesome destination for a weekend on the lake! Check out Inglis Falls, visit the historic buildings or take a hike on a portion of the Bruce Trail.
6. Minnedosa, Manitoba. Escape the city streets of Winnipeg to enjoy small town life in Minnedosa! This little town is located on the Little Saskatchewan River. Be sure to enjoy Minnedosa Beach while you’re in the area and take a trip to one of the nearby farms.
7. Port Hardy, British Columbia. Located near beautiful Nimmo Bay, Port Hardy is the ideal place to stay and play between wilderness excursions. Hike the North Coast Trail, photograph the rugged coastline or learn about the history and heritage of this town on the edge of civilization.
8. Dawson City, Yukon. Dawson City was a thriving First Nations community for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the Klondike Gold Rush that the town was named in English and established as a multiethnic Canadian city. Although the gold digging days are over, the town is still an interesting place to visit because of its Old West look and feel.
9. Flin Flon, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Located on the border of two provinces, this historic city has a population split between Manitoba and Saskatchewan! The founders of Flin Flon were not concerned about political geography, only valuable geology. The town was built around rich mining opportunities, and although it only has a small population today, it’s still a goldmine of fun for people who love outdoor activities and historic discoveries.
10. Frelighsburg, Québec. This historic town was settled way back in the late 1700s, when the American Revolutionary Way made refugees out of many Loyalist families. It’s quite impressive that these old buildings are still standing, a memory of those who have since faded into nameless history. Check out the interesting architecture and head to the local apple orchard and cider houses.
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