4 Unusual and Offbeat Places to Visit in Canada, and How to Make the Most of Your Trip
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4 Unusual and Offbeat Places to Visit in Canada, and How to Make the Most of Your Trip

November 1, 2023 Share

From Ahmic Lake’s serene beauty to Kluane National Park’s wilderness and Twillingate’s seaside charm, explore these unique destinations for an unforgettable Canadian adventure.

Canada holds the position of being the world’s second-largest country, boasting the longest coastline, yet swimming enthusiasts are a rarity in this region. It is mostly a vast wilderness featuring different types of landscape running from the Pacific to the Atlantic all waiting to be explored. The country reaches the North Pole to its north and the Great Lakes in the South. 

It is one of the top tourist destinations in the Americas but the exploring feel disappears fast in the vast plains and pristine nature. But the place still has more to offer. The natural beauty, culture and heritage are all striking. This bucket list provides you with a list of places that will keep you thinking about Canada for years to come.

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  1. Ahmic Lake, Ontario

Think about the perfect lake where you can relax and go on adventures. That is exactly what Ahmic Lake is. Found in the Parry Sound District of Ontario, it is a great spot for meditation and unwinding. 

It is a great destination for families since it brings together two competitive swimming camps where kids can learn to swim, both for fun and competitively. You can encourage kids to join the summer camps in the area instead of conventional trips. You can also plan a fishing trip and enjoy nature as you enjoy some respite.

  1. Kluane National Park, Yukon

Kluane National Park is one of the few destinations in Canada that many have read about but less have visited in person to experience what it has to offer. The 22,000 square kilometer national park features a breathtaking wilderness, lavish valleys, and sparkling ice plains. You won’t feel out of place if you enjoy everything in between. It is a great destination for camping and hiking.

  1. Twillingate, Newfoundland

If you enjoy the solace associated with small seaside towns, Twillingate will make for a great vacation destination. You get to enjoy affordable accommodation options so you save more for long boat rides through the Atlantic. It is a sight to behold during fall when you can enjoy isolated hiking trails and seafood like no other.

  1. Tangier, Nova Scotia

Everyone seems to talk about digital detox and limiting screen time but not many have got the chance to do it. Tangier is the place to be if you want to enjoy some time away from digital screens. This little town barely has any mobile signal so you won’t have a reason to keep looking at your phone. It also has no modern distraction to overshadow the pristine beaches.

How to Make the Most of Your Trip

When embarking on travel, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the local language. Canada designates both English and French as official languages, so ensure you can communicate in both to some extent. You can learn French your way with Lingoda as you prepare for your vacation. Understanding the local language makes it easier to interact with locals and learn about their culture.

When it’s time to eat, you want to go with small local restaurants. There is a lot you can learn about Canadians through their food and these local restaurants offer some of the best meals. You can get a real taste of the local cuisine while supporting the small businesses. There is no point traveling all the way if you will eat the same food you’d find at home anyway.

Ensure you mind the manners when visiting. Canadian table manners dictate that you keep your elbows off the table and cover your mouth when yawning. It goes without saying that you need to express gratitude even for small favors. You also don’t discuss politics or keep your taxi driver waiting. Pointing is also frowned upon. When you first meet someone, Canadians expect a handshake.

Canada welcomes millions of tourists but the vast majority visits popular destinations such as Niagara Falls and Old Quebec. They are great destinations but they don’t offer that local feel you would get at other places. Canada is filled with little known gems that can teach you to appreciate the little things in life.

Exploring Canada for a decade wouldn’t unveil even half of the country’s concealed treasures. The possibilities are limitless. Pick a destination and commence planning your next adventure, keeping in mind the tips offered above to enhance your travel experience.

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