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The 10 Most Beautiful Villages In Canada

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Canada © tpsdave/Pixabay
When most people think of Canada, they imagine its cosmopolitan capitals like Vancouver and Montreal, or its iconic natural attractions like Niagara Falls and Whistler; however, Canada’s tiny villages and villages are often-overlooked sources of the country’s most unique scenery and richest traditions. From the charming seaside communities of the east coast, to the historic villages of rural Quebec, here are ten of the most beautiful villages in Canada.

Frelighsburg

Ranked among Quebec’s most beautiful villages, Frelighsburg is set in a gorgeous location at the foot of Mount Pinnacle, on the banks of the Pike River. Located near the Vermont border, the village was settled in the late 18th century by American Loyalists. Many buildings from this period, which blend brick and wood materials, are still standing today. Highlights include an early 20th-century convent, and a mill dating back to 1839. The surrounding valley is a flourishing apple-growing region, with numerous cider-houses and orchards dotted across the countryside.

Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada

Frelighsburg © Jean-Francois Renaud/Flickr

Frelighsburg © Jean-Francois Renaud/Flickr

Victoria-by-the Sea

Victoria-by-the Sea is located on the shores of the Northumberland Strait, halfway between Charlottetown and Summerside. Founded in the early 19th century, the village exudes an old-fashioned charm with its colorful Victorian heritage homes, pretty little lighthouse, and easy-going locals. The village is known for attracting artisans and artisans, with visitors able to try candle making and pottery at some of its art galleries. The village is an excellent base for kayaking or visiting the beaches found along the Northumberland Strait.

Victoria-by-the Sea, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Victoria-by-the-Sea, Canada © Dave Bezaire/Flickr

Victoria-by-the-Sea, Canada © Dave Bezaire/Flickr

Merrickville

Nicknamed the Jewel of the Rideau, Merrickville was named ‘Canada’s Most Beautiful Village’ by Communities in Bloom. The village is home to more designated heritage buildings than any other Ontario community of its size, including lovely Gothic churches, historic stone houses, and grand Victorian homes. Many of these buildings have been transformed into the shops of the village’s thriving artistic community, selling crafts, antiques, and artwork. The Rideau Canal runs through this village, adding to its picturesque appearance. Once an important shipping route, the canal is now a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking.

Merrickville, Ontario, Canada

Merrickville, Ontario, Canada © Martin Cathrae/Flickr

Merrickville, Ontario, Canada © Martin Cathrae/Flickr

 
Waterton
Park, Natural Feature
Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park

Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park | © Rod Brazier / Flickr

Waterton is a tiny mountain village located along a lake in the middle of Waterton Lakes National Park. Set near the USA-Canadian border, the 195-square-mile park is a World Heritage Site as well as an International Peace Park, sharing an open border with Glacier National Park in Montana. Visitors approaching the village are greeted with the impressive vista of the historic Prince of Wales Hotel set against a commanding mountain backdrop. Despite the national park’s popularity, the village is laid-back and unassuming, offering a few restaurants, shops, hotels, and other tourist facilities.

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Tadoussac

Located three hours away from Quebec City, Tadoussac is best known for its excellent whale watching possibilities. The village is set at the meeting point of the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence estuary, a site where whales linger over the summer before migrating to the Atlantic Ocean in the autumn. Many companies offer tours on Zodiacs, but smaller whales like minkes and belugas can sometimes be spotted from the shore. Aside from whales, Tadoussac offers an artsy, historic atmosphere, with plenty of quirky shops and boutiques lining its streets.

Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada

Tadoussac, Alberta, Canada © Michelle Geslin/Flickr

Tadoussac, Alberta, Canada © Michelle Geslin/Flickr