These are most beautiful Hidden location Wallpapers & Best Great Secret Spots Pictures in Canada, Amazing & Attractive Places in Canada where you want to visit in your lifetime before you die, The Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, Vancouver for heaven’s sake! It’s incredibly easy to think of reasons to visit Canada. Stretching from the U.S. in the south up to the Arctic Circle in the north, Canada is nearly 4 million square miles of breathtaking natural wilderness and multicultural megacities. But what about those out of the way nooks and crannies that no one’s really heard of? Or those places that locals take for granted and tourists pass by on their way somewhere else? Forget the great American Road Trip, its Canada’s turn to take center stage as the best country in the world to spend a few long months exploring. We’ve thought long and hard and taken the advice of some of these slow-moving explorers to bring you our list of the best 9 hidden locations in Canada.
Visit a vineyard in Osoyoos
Did you know that Canada has a desert? Neither did I and yet it is so. Located in the vast state of British Columbia is the little-known resort town of Osoyoos. A beach resort that boasts some of the hottest weather in Canada it seems impossible that so few people would know about it. A sleepy lake and an actual desert make Osoyoos one of the most unique places to visit in Canada. Protected from storms by the Columbia Mountains which loom over the town to the east and the Cascade Mountains which watch over the town from the west, Osoyoos has the climate perfect for growing grapes. Nk’Mip Cellars, the first First Nations vineyard and winery is located in Osoyoos and a great restaurant culture has grown up around the town in recent years. Book your stay in a hotel with a private beach but keep it to yourself.
Surf in Tofino
Tofino, a small town on the westernmost edge of Vancouver Island isn’t exactly a secret location (it even has its own tourist board), but the wealth of activities they offer at this seaside destination takes many people by surprise. In the winter, storms brewing over the Pacific Ocean create incredible views off the coastline and in the summer, Tofino comes alive with sun-seeking vacationers. But few people realize that Tofino is the surf capital of Canada and there are good waves long after most of the tourists have gone home. The laidback Vancouver Island vibe in Tofino attracts surfers from around the world to relax and ride the waves. Who knows, paddle out far enough on your board and you might even spot one of Tofino’s famous whales.
Watch theatre on Granville Island
Everyone who has been to Vancouver knows about Granville Island, right? The painfully cool destination that’s buzzing every day of the week with a market that brings in artisan makers and creators from all over Canada. But Granville Island is more than just a shopper and food lover’s paradise, it’s also a great place to experience the local Vancouver theatre scene. Granville Island is the beating heart of Vancouver’s vibrant performing arts scene and number of theatre companies are based on the island and perform regularly including the Waterfront Theatre, Arts Club Theatre Company and the Carousel Theatre. Comedies, musicals and heavy-hitting drama, the theatres offer it all and the public market is the domain of a host of talented street performers.
Take a stroll down Commercial Drivea
Here is another Vancouver gem. During your stay in Vancouver you might think wandering up and down a street isn’t a particularly worthwhile way to spend an afternoon but then you clearly haven’t been to Commercial Drive yet. Voted one of the best neighborhoods in Vancouver, Commercial Drive is the place to find the best book stores, record stores, vintage and antique shops in Vancouver. It is also home to some of the coolest and most diverse cafés and restaurants in the city. Finish up your day at one of the bars or visit the drop dead gorgeous Rio Cinema to enjoy a golden age gem or cult classic.
See First Nations Culture first hand at Haida Gwaii
A hidden gem not because it appeals to the few rather than the many but simply because of the effort it takes to get to it, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of islands located off the coast of British Columbia. Hailed as ‘Canada’s Galapagos’, Haida Gwaii is the home of the Haida people who, for a long time, were the most advanced and powerful of First Nations people. The unique Haida culture, in evidence across the whole of the islands in a myriad of ways, is the main draw for visitors to Haida Gwaii. With some of the world’s largest spruce and cedar trees and startling wildlife on land and in the surrounding seas, Haida Gwaii is heaven for nature lovers.
Drink wine and go twitching on Pelee Island, Ontario
The southernmost populated place in Canada, tiny Pelee Island is located in the western part of Lake Erie. Apart from the mild climate, gorgeous scenery and laid-back charm, Pelee Island is notable for two things, wine and birds. Pelee Island has long been used for vineyards and wine-making and is a place relatively untouched by tourism where wine-lovers can indulge themselves in peace. Great for twitchers too, Pelee Island is an important flyway point for birds migrating south. Hunters can get in on the action with a historic fall pheasant hunt that attracts tourists from all over the US and Canada. For the less trigger-happy, Pelee Island is a great cycling spot and a ferry service connects Pelee Island to Point Pelee National Park.
Jurassic Age at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
The Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada shouldn’t be a hidden gem and yet somehow it is. A UNESCO world heritage site two and a half hours drive south of Calgary, the Dinosaur Provincial Park is home to the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur bones. Perfect for families enjoying a vacation in Canada, the Dinosaur Park is like stepping back in time. Guided tours are offered but many visitors choose to drive themselves around the epic site. For a truly magical experience go camping under the stars or take part in a dinosaur dig. To guarantee a lost world experience, visit the Dinosaur Provincial Park in the winter months when most tourists have gone home.
Sleep in a lighthouse on Prince Edward Island
If you enjoy lighthouses then the West Point Lighthouse Inn on Prince Edward Island is the perfect place for you. West Point, located, unsurprisingly, on the westernmost point of Prince Edward Island off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a stunning place and a must-see for people who want to get off the beaten path. Here, lighthouses that are no longer fit for purpose have been transformed into homely B&B’s that offer the best ocean views on the island. Explore the local Cedar Dunes, beautiful beaches and fishing villages by day and listen to the peaceful calm seas or raging storms from the comfort of your lighthouse hideaway by night.
Eat dinner at a heritage train station in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
If staying in a lighthouse doesn’t float your boat perhaps staying in a converted train station will. The Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia is a century old and offers a unique heritage B&B experience. Built in 1928, the dining car made its last trip along the track in 1997 and was restored into a gorgeous little restaurant in 2001 with a number of renovated cabooses for those who want to spend the night. Both the station and the dining car are chock full of railway memorabilia taking you back to a time before travel meant cheap flights and quick getaways. Tatamagouche means the ‘meeting of waters’ and is a tiny town located on the Sunrise Trail on the shores of the Northumberland Strait and is worth a look for its artist community, craft shops and galleries.