Summer is just around the corner so the time to start trip planning is now! We live in a big, beautiful country so it can be hard to decide where to travel. This summer try something a little off the beaten path. There are limitless places to explore, whether you want to explore somewhere in your own backyard or take a trip to a new province you will be spoiled. Here are five Canadian gems to consider:
1. Cape Breton, NS
The east coast of Canada is home to some of the friendliest Canadians, stunning coastal landscapes and the most delicious lobster you will eat in your life. One of the most breathtaking spots in the Maritimes is Cape Breton Island. The island is located at the eastern end of Nova Scotia. Although it’s a small place, it is full of stunning coastal walks, wild forests and some of the best fiddle music in the world. Cape Breton is like no other place in Canada.
2. Elora, Ontario
Hidden away from the buzz of big city, Elora is 1.5 hours away from Toronto and is a secret gem in Ontario. The small town has become a hip, trendy local hotspot for all things art, culture, music and food/drink. A few years ago, the Elora Brewing Company opened its doors and it has become the cornerstone of the Elora community. The small town now hosts Riverfest every summer, bands such as The Flaming Lips, MGMT and Blue Rodeo have played at the festival . No longer a small, sleepy town, Elora will soon be in all the tour books-- check it out before it gets overrun with tourists!
3. Whitehorse, YT
The territories are hard to get to but, once you‘re there, it’s worth it. Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse, is home to some of the most majestic animals in Canada. The best place to see these animals is at the Wildlife Preserve, from moose to bears to musk-ox you’ll see them all living their best lives. Plus, the best part about visiting Whitehorse in the summer is you get almost 24 hours of sunlight!
4. Yoho National Park, B.C.
B.C is an adventure playground when it comes to the amount of sports and activities that are available. In the southeastern part of B.C., by the Alberta border lies Yoho National Park. The park is small in comparison to Banff and Jasper, making it a good destination if you are short on time but still want to see a lot. The park has over 400 kilometers of hiking trails, waterfalls and snow capped mountains-- what more could you want?!
5. Elk Island National Park, AB
Banff and Jasper get all the attention in Alberta which means they also get all the tourists. Avoid the hordes of tourists and have your own adventure at Elk Island National Park. The park is located 35 km east of Edmonton along the Yellowhead Highway, which goes through the park. The park offers incredible canoe trips, sailing and hikes, so put on your boots and start exploring!