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While there’s usually a reason that famous tourist destinations are actually famous, there may be times in which you would like to avoid crowds, commutes, or line-ups. Thankfully, Canada is a great big country with plenty of amazing sights and locations that not only parallel some of our better-known destinations but sometimes even exceed expectations. Here is our list of some incredible alternatives to some of Canada’s biggest tourist destinations.
If You’ve Seen Niagara Falls, Try Webster’s Falls in Hamilton, Ontario.
Niagara Falls is a pretty special place, after all, the falls have more water going over its edges than any other waterfalls on the planet. The Niagara Escarpment is home to many more incredible waterfalls. So if you’ve checked Niagara Falls off the bucket list, try a trip to Webster’s Falls in nearby Dundas, Ontario. This hidden gem is situated in a park that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, and features an amazing trail along the outflow of the falls.
Enjoyed Hornby Island? Visit Denman Island, British Columbia.
I love Hornby Island. It’s a special place. But I was recently surprised when I visited Denman Island and heard people exclaiming, “This is a lot like Hornby Island!” Sea lions, provincial parks, sandy shorelines, dense forests, and a thriving arts scene make it, well, a lot like Hornby Island: An awesome place.
Don’t Have The Time Necessary For Nahanni National Park, N.W.T.? Try Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon Territory.
Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories is full of epic adventure, but access to the park is challenging: trips often require guides and you can’t just hop in there for a weekend. Kluane National Park and Reserve in neighbouring Yukon Territory, is just as impressive and dynamic — and much more accessible. You can overnight at Kathleen Lake Campground and do a single- or multi-day hike from the campground, or book a rafting trip on the Alsek River. Kluane is home to Canada’s highest mountain Mount Logan, a thriving grizzly population, and immense icefield—the adventures are limitless.
If You’ve Camped Algonquin Provincial Park, Try Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario.
With it’s proximity to Toronto, Algonquin Park is an Ontario staple. Possessing famous landscape, rich history, and unique Carolinian forests, the park is a staple for those who try their hand at backcountry camping and portaging in Ontario. If you have the time, spring to Pukawaska National Park, located between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, and prepare to be stunned. The Lake Superior shoreline in Pukawskwa resembles something you would be likely to see on the Pacific Ocean, and the microclimates in the region back the notion up. If you think you know Ontario backcountry, think again.
Already Been Skiing In Banff National Park? Visit Jasper National Park this winter!
Banff is a great region to ski, but venture a little more north and you will reach Jasper. This raw, wild and adventurous mountain town is situated in Canada’s largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Featuring amazing skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing terrain, its extensive trail network welcomes all adventurers. Take your winter activity experience to the next level and get out at night and enjoy the second largest dark sky preserve on the planet. Most nights you can look up and see billions of stars dancing overhead (and if you are lucky, the northern lights).
If You Enjoyed Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Why Not Visit Louisbourg Lighthouse, Nova Scotia.
Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is cool, after all, it’s an active lighthouse. But Nova Scotia is host to tonnes of lighthouses, and many of them are equally as beautiful and unique. Louisbourg Lighthouse is the site of the first lighthouse in Canada. Construction began on the lighthouse in 1730…Yup, you read that correctly. A cool history, and incredibly picturesque, Louisbourg Lighthouse gets our vote as a great alternative to the often crowded Peggy’s Point lighthouse.
Tasted All The Wine in Okanagan Valley, B.C.? Why not try out Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Residents of coastal B.C. like their wine, but they really like the thought of a warm and dry climate. Okanagan Valley produces some of Canada’s best wine and offers up the aforementioned climate, but so does another area of Canada; Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. They’ve been producing wine in the region for ages, and still produce the vast majority of Canadian wine. Think of it as Okanagan Valley on steroids.
Seen The Architecture And History Of Old Quebec City? Visit Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
Old Quebec City is a must-visit location, but nearby Trois-Rivières’ Old Town offers much of the same architecture, cafes, restaurants, clubs, bars, and shops. When summer arrives in the region, the city even closes down the street to vehicles to accommodate festivals and other events, in effect, creating an incredibly pedestrian-friendly historical cityscape.