From coast to coast, here’s a look at some of the most charming little places in the country.
Golden, British Columbia
The city ââof gold is every nature lover’s dream. It is surrounded by six national parks and has “spectacular landscapes, iconic hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and national park heritage sites”. If you’re feeling brave, you can cross one of Canada’s tallest suspension bridges, 426 feet above a canyon.
This city “like a postcard” has a bit of everything. There are mountains, the bay itself, galleries, museums, and plenty of local produce to explore and taste.
If you love wildlife, you’ll want to visit Churchill, also known as the polar bear capital of the world. It is located 1,000 kilometers north of Winnipeg and can only be accessed by plane or train. You will also have the chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights, which are visible 300 days a year.
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
From cute boutiques to unforgettable dining experiences, this small town offers many perfect Instagram moments. You can spend time on the water in the sheltered bay, alone or with a guide, and enjoy the birds and marine life.
Tofino, British Columbia
This picturesque town is home to the UNESCO Clayoquot Strait Biosphere Region, which claims “a deep biodiversity and an environmental culture”. Come for nature, but stay for the bustling food scene and the artistic and cultural features.
Nicknamed the most beautiful village in Ontario, this city is located on the edge of a gorge. It has lovely architectural features and plenty of local stores to scratch that retail itch.
Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
Victoria-by-the-sea is a beautiful village on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. The coastal town has less than 200 residents and has many family businesses and tree-lined streets. You can even watch the lobster fishermen bring back their daily catch. Theatergoers can catch a performance in the historic community hall.
Tucked away in Banff National Park is the beautiful little town of Banff, Alberta. It’s a dream mountain town with chalet-style buildings and views everywhere you look. It’s perfect for an afternoon of shopping and dining, or even an overnight stay while roaming the park.
Wine lovers can meet in this small Ontario town. Niagara-on-the-Lake is on the shores of Lake Ontario and if the stunning views aren’t enough, it has a thriving arts scene and, thanks to its vast vineyard, plenty of wine. It’s the perfect day trip from Toronto or a weekend getaway with your partner.
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
This next little town is one of the oldest in the Maritimes. St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick is classified as a National Historic District and has turn-of-the-century charm. It’s the perfect stop on the way to Canada’s iconic Fundy National Park and offers several delicious seafood restaurants with the freshest fish.
The northern community of Dawson, Yukon, also fell on the list and is located on the shores of the beautiful Yukon River. The city has a mix of First Nations heritage as well as History of the gold rush after being put on the map by the Klondike Gold Rush. The city also has a rich arts scene and even hosts a annual music festival.
Another picturesque little town that catches the eye is Trinity in Newfoundland and Labrador. Known to locals as Trinity Bay, the city boasts historic 19th-century buildings, old-fashioned signage, and top-notch restaurants and brasseries. And if you love the outdoors, you can also hike along the coast on one of the most popular trails in the province.
Before you go, check out our Responsible Travel Guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.