Posted on: June 01, 2014
Posted by: Brigitte Diem-Guy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Summer is just around the corner and you are ready to explore Canada and create lasting memories. There is nothing wrong with viewing Toronto from the top of the CN Tower, shopping for high-fashion along Vancouver’s Robson Street or enjoying unique fine cuisine in Montreal. But you’d be surprised what you can discover by taking a break from what’s tried and true and venturing off the beaten path.
If you are looking for places other than the most popular cities, here is a list of four interesting destinations for an authentic Canadian experience:
Fogo Island is a remote, accessible island located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Home to 11 communities – each with its own distinctive flare and allure – it is the largest of an archipelago of islands at the very eastern edge of the North American continent. To plan your visit, simply find your way to St. John’s, Newfoundland, by regular commercial air links, and come by rental car to the Fogo Island ferry dock at the aptly named Farewell. After a short scenic ferry ride over to the island you are at what The Flat Earth Society believes, one of the four corners of the Earth. It’s a unique island well worth the venture; a place that draws people in – especially during the music and fun of the unique, annual, summer Brimstone Head Festival.
- Prince Edward Island
Do you love to bike? The Confederation Trail is Prince Edward Island’s tip-to-tip trail. It was developed on abandoned railway lines and passes by wetlands and hardwood groves, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers. Although activity on the Confederation Trail is limited to walkers and hikers, wheelchairs, cyclists and runners in the summertime, and snowmobiles in the winter, there are now also two parallel equestrian trails in the western end of the Island. And while you visit this year, join Prince Edward Island in the celebration of an important chapter in Canada’s history, when we mark the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference – where the idea of Canada, as a nation, was proposed. The Island will host a spectacular year-long tribute to the beginning of this great country and welcome visitors to join the festivities. Part of downtown Charlottetown will be turned into a “celebration zone” where visitors can follow the steps of the Fathers of Confederation, and experience daily concerts, food tastings, children’s activities, and historical presentations. Each province and territory in Canada will have the opportunity to showcase their local food, culture and history, making this a truly Canadian celebration.
Tadoussac is a charming village set on the banks of the spectacular Saguenay Fjord about 3 hour drive from Quebec City. A town rich in history it offers fabulous whale watching, an abundance of marine life, impressive dunes surrounding the bay, and the landscape of the Saguenay Fjord. Retaining its natural untamed character, Tadoussac offers a number of eco-friendly activities, great hiking and spectacular sea kayaking near the cliffs along the Saguenay Fjord.
- Tofino,Vancouver Island, B.C.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Hawaii to experience world-class surfing and incredible beaches. Located in a region within British Columbia called “Clayoquot Sound” on the west side of Vancouver Island, Tofino is one of the most beautiful spots on the west coast to surf, hike through the Rainforest or fish. Tofino has also many great restaurants and it is worth making time to visit the many beaches and take in the crashing surf along with the uncrowded beaches. Tofino is 4 ½ hours drive from Victoria so why not start your vacation in the capital city of British Columbia and tour the Parliament or Butchart Gardens.
Do you have any insider-tips for destinations in Canada that are off the beaten path? Please send us your suggestions – We would love to hear them!