Canada is the home of the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls, so you can never walk a huge mile before you come across a spectacular natural attraction. The Canadian towns are often set around such attractions, and some of them create a very beautiful combination of modern sophistication and the fresh appeal of nature.
Below are five of the most beautiful towns in the country:
- Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
This charming small town boasts a rich history that includes the Old Courthouse Theatre, The oldest Catholic Church in Ontario-St. Vincent de Paul that was built in 1826, and the oldest Anglican Church in Ontario, St. Mark’s Church, that was built in 1791.
It is most famous for Niagara Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.
The town hosts an annual town festival called The Shaw Festival, featuring artists and cultural exhibitions loved by locals and tourists alike.
The best time to visit this town is in November when the town holds the Shaw Festival.
- Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove is a beautiful small coastal town that sits on the rocky western coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
The town has signature rustic wood fishing sheds sculpted around the rocky coastline. When you tour this town, you will go fishing and take great photos as this town is a dream post-card fishing village.
It may be a small town, but it lives up to your expectation of a coastal getaway with white-walled buildings, lots of breezes, boats, canoes and small ships dotting its harbours and lovely, friendly town people that are delighted to have visitors.
- Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
This French town is famous for its rich history and art.
In the 1770s, the iconic Doctor Phillipe-Luis-Francois Badelard named a disease he had discovered after the town. This step made it very famous.
The other feature that makes this town so laden with history is that The Cirque du Soleil was started in this town in 1984.
Apart from history, Baie-Saint-Paul has streets lined with art galleries for the art enthusiasts and boutiques for the fashionista shopaholics.
This small town seems to be packed with all the goodies of a big city!
- St.Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick
Yet another coastal town, St.Andrews By-The-Sea, was established in 1783 by members of the United Empire Loyalists who had fled the war from the American Revolution in the south.
The beautiful historic buildings and landmarks have been well preserved over the years, and none has disappeared.
The most spectacular attraction in this town is The Ross Memorial Museum which hosts authentic 19th Century furniture and decor pieces for that age-old Mid-Century vibe.
The town streets are lined with buildings that feature exuberant and colourful murals. These buildings are iconic photo-taking booths for tourists. The All Saints Anglican Church is also an old work of architectural magic.
The most famous sport in St.Andrews By-The-sea is whale watching.
- Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador
This town is another charming fishing village established in 1612, making it an old town with a young spirit.
The master architectural features in this town include the Brigus Tunnel, which burrows through solid rock to connect a deep water harbour out in the sea.
The Convent Of Mercy is also a 19th Century house of Irish nuns that still lives up to its function and beauty.
The infamous Arctic Explorer, Captain Robert Bartlett, lived in this town too. His home, Hawthorne Lodge, has become a tourist destination and stands as a symbol of pride to the town’s people.