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25 January 2017

Breathtaking must-visit Canadian towns


When most of us picture Canada- whether we've been or not, we think of snow-capped mountains, deep icy lakes and epic ski resorts. For locals- maple leaves, ice hockey teams and the majestic Toronto CN tower probably all come to mind, but there are also some picturesque little heard of towns that truly epitomise Canadian living.
I'm planning on visiting Canada and researching such towns to stop through on my travels. Here are just a few great ones I've come across:

Quebec City

I have great friends from Quebec City and I am very much looking forward to visiting them when I go. Here, within one of the oldest walled cities in the entire country, Quebec city seems more like a genteel European town, like Salzburg, Vienna or even Paris than a Canadian city- due to its bustling streets, charming cobblestone pathways and elegant architecture. Quebec welcomes locals and visitors alike, who fall in love with its laid-back atmosphere as well as the dozens of excellent restaurants, charming boutiques and pavement cafes with their iconic striped canopies.
French Canadian is still a recognised language here and the old town, Vieux-Québec, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Elsewhere, the imposing Fairmont Le Chateâu Frontenac remains a popular destination for countless visitors.
What was once the residence for the governors of British colonial Canada is now an opulent five-star hotel, offering the very best of everything to its distinguished clientele and remains one of the most photographed buildings in the world thanks to its beautiful castle-like appearance against the Quebec skyline.


Goderich

While many other towns in the country have all been described as charming, cute and dainty Goderich sounds like something quite extraordinary. The park and garden festooned town has even met with royal approval, on a previous visit The Queen stated it really was 'the prettiest town in all of Canada.'
The town has no less than three stunning beaches, is nestled on top of the bluffs overlooking the calm, clear waters of Lake Huron and also has a unique, patterned boardwalk that runs along the entirety of the shoreline. Even the centre of town's architecture is unusual, as Goderich was designed to be octagon shaped with interesting local shops and busy craft stalls surrounding the central square.
When filling in trip dates on your Official Canada ETA form online do have a look on the town website to see what's happening. Goderich’s busy social calendar is centred around the square with live concerts, farmers markets and even tea dances being held there throughout the year.


Niagra-On-The-Lake

Nestled in the heart of Canada's wine region Niagara-On-The-Lake is a frequent destination for tourists looking to sample the delicate flavours of the surrounding vineyards. As a wine-lover myself it is for sure a destination I'll be heading to!
One of the best examples of a 19th-century town, Niagara even has decidedly Victorian looking streets where traditional shops, original decor, and old fashioned buildings sit alongside modern offices, schools, and banks.
Many of the town's hotels are also known for their outstanding customer service and feature delicious menus using locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Other dining options in Niagara include upscale eateries, patisserie style cafes and stunning lakeside food courts. You'll also notice how well kept the various parks and gardens are as well as the ornamental lawns themselves.
The quaint little town is also home to the fantastic Shaw Festival, an annual literary and theatre event that celebrates the life and considerable works of the playwright George Bernard Shaw.



Those are just three examples I've come across so far of the less heard of but still beautiful and breathtaking Canadian towns to visit.
Have you ever been to any of these places? Let me know how you found them!

Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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Jackson Munro said...

Canada has many awesome towns! Quebec is next on my list. Keep up the rad blogging

25 January 2017

Breathtaking must-visit Canadian towns


When most of us picture Canada- whether we've been or not, we think of snow-capped mountains, deep icy lakes and epic ski resorts. For locals- maple leaves, ice hockey teams and the majestic Toronto CN tower probably all come to mind, but there are also some picturesque little heard of towns that truly epitomise Canadian living.
I'm planning on visiting Canada and researching such towns to stop through on my travels. Here are just a few great ones I've come across:

Quebec City

I have great friends from Quebec City and I am very much looking forward to visiting them when I go. Here, within one of the oldest walled cities in the entire country, Quebec city seems more like a genteel European town, like Salzburg, Vienna or even Paris than a Canadian city- due to its bustling streets, charming cobblestone pathways and elegant architecture. Quebec welcomes locals and visitors alike, who fall in love with its laid-back atmosphere as well as the dozens of excellent restaurants, charming boutiques and pavement cafes with their iconic striped canopies.
French Canadian is still a recognised language here and the old town, Vieux-Québec, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Elsewhere, the imposing Fairmont Le Chateâu Frontenac remains a popular destination for countless visitors.
What was once the residence for the governors of British colonial Canada is now an opulent five-star hotel, offering the very best of everything to its distinguished clientele and remains one of the most photographed buildings in the world thanks to its beautiful castle-like appearance against the Quebec skyline.


Goderich

While many other towns in the country have all been described as charming, cute and dainty Goderich sounds like something quite extraordinary. The park and garden festooned town has even met with royal approval, on a previous visit The Queen stated it really was 'the prettiest town in all of Canada.'
The town has no less than three stunning beaches, is nestled on top of the bluffs overlooking the calm, clear waters of Lake Huron and also has a unique, patterned boardwalk that runs along the entirety of the shoreline. Even the centre of town's architecture is unusual, as Goderich was designed to be octagon shaped with interesting local shops and busy craft stalls surrounding the central square.
When filling in trip dates on your Official Canada ETA form online do have a look on the town website to see what's happening. Goderich’s busy social calendar is centred around the square with live concerts, farmers markets and even tea dances being held there throughout the year.


Niagra-On-The-Lake

Nestled in the heart of Canada's wine region Niagara-On-The-Lake is a frequent destination for tourists looking to sample the delicate flavours of the surrounding vineyards. As a wine-lover myself it is for sure a destination I'll be heading to!
One of the best examples of a 19th-century town, Niagara even has decidedly Victorian looking streets where traditional shops, original decor, and old fashioned buildings sit alongside modern offices, schools, and banks.
Many of the town's hotels are also known for their outstanding customer service and feature delicious menus using locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Other dining options in Niagara include upscale eateries, patisserie style cafes and stunning lakeside food courts. You'll also notice how well kept the various parks and gardens are as well as the ornamental lawns themselves.
The quaint little town is also home to the fantastic Shaw Festival, an annual literary and theatre event that celebrates the life and considerable works of the playwright George Bernard Shaw.



Those are just three examples I've come across so far of the less heard of but still beautiful and breathtaking Canadian towns to visit.
Have you ever been to any of these places? Let me know how you found them!

Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.

1 comment:

Jackson Munro said...

Canada has many awesome towns! Quebec is next on my list. Keep up the rad blogging

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