Canadians love vacationing over the short summer. We often travel to picturesque destinations outside our borders in search of a new experience. But what if we could enjoy those aesthetic pleasures right here in Canada? You definitely can, and not in the typical destinations you may think. Here are five places in Canada you didn’t know could blow your mind.
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One hike through the barren cliffs and forests, or a slow walk beside the beaches and you’ll quickly realize why Gros Morne Park is a coveted UNESCO heritage site. Located on the western coast of Newfoundland, the geological diversity of waterfalls and virgin lakes sitting below tall peaks and cliffs creates breathtaking views. Visit the Lobster Cove Lighthouse Exhibit or cruise the Western Brook Pond fjord. There’s plenty to do once you enter into this Eastern Canadian treasure.
Gros Morne National Park Travel Tip:
Sign up for a guided hike on the Western Brook Gorge through BonTours. They’ll help navigate trails and provide an education on the geology, flora, fauna and history of the area.
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Touted as Ontario’s most beautiful village, Elora is famous for its gorge and limestone cliffs which connect to the Grand and Irvine rivers. Much of the stone architecture in Elora is preserved from the 1800s. Located only an hour outside Toronto, Elora has become a hidden gem for tourists
Elora Travel Tip:
When you walk the trails through Elora Gorge Conservation Area, you might just find yourself covered by a natural cave.
Looking for more Ontario travel inspiration? Check out these top 5 fall hikes in Ontario.
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Recognized as possibly the best golf and resort experience in Canada, Cabot Cliffs is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Inverness. National Geographic describes Cabot Links as “one of the world’s best islands.” Don’t be caught off-guard if a Moose strolls beside your car or along the 386 kilometre Cabot Trail. Cabot Links is a magical place that is a must-visit for any Canadian.
Cabot Cliffs Travel Tip:
Go whale watching on a private sunset cruise or spend the day playing tennis on the new Har -Tru Clay tennis courts.
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If you’re up for a real adventure, then this is it. 22,000 square kilometres of open and untamed land, valleys and blue glaciers makes Kluane National Park one of Canada’s most unique destinations. It’s also the home of Mount Logan, which at 19,551 feet is Canada’s highest peak.
Kluane National Park Travel Tip:
You may want to travel with a group of friends when planning your trip. It’s not uncommon to go days without seeing another person.
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We had to give you one traditionally popular destination. When you think of must-visit places in Canada, Banff is usually the first destination that comes to mind. Surrounded by the Rockies and lined with bright blue lakes and waterfalls, Banff has become near-sacred land in our country. Apart from the abundance of wildlife you’re sure to encounter, visiting the town of Banff with its shops and restaurants is a good way to kill a couple of hours.
Banff Travel Tip:
View the mountains from the Gondola or take the short trip to neighbouring Lake Louise, which is the highest elevation in Canada. There you’ll have the privilege of observing the Victoria Glacier. Let’s just say a picture won’t ever do this wonder justice.
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