By Christine Kim
This is a continuation of Canada Part 1, covering the provinces left to right on a map: Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
- Grand Beach Provincial Park
The Grand Beach is along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, which is Canada’s 6th largest lake and next to the La Vérendrye Trail. It is considered one of the top beaches in North America as there are beautiful, powdery white sand beaches and grass-topped dunes. There are great places to swim, windsurf, and hike, such as the Spirit Rock Trail or Ancient Beach Trail. There are also campgrounds, outdoor amphitheaters, picnic shelters, restaurants, concessions services, and wheelchair access to the beach, allowing everyone to relax and have fun.
- Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is located on the border shared between New York and Ontario. It is visited by over 30 million people every year and is made up of 3 distinct waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls, which is located on the Canadian side, is the longest and highest waterfall and used to resemble a “U” shaped arch; however, it later changed to a “V” shape due to weathering and erosion.
- Notre-Dame Basilica
Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec is a popular tourist attraction in Old Montréal and the oldest church of the city. It was founded in 1656, designed by Victor Bourgeau, and completed in 1844 by architect Baillairgé. There are beautiful stained-glass windows, ornate wood carvings, an episcopal canopy, and an elaborate altar. There is also a massive 7,000 pipe-organ and hand-carved pulpit; often in the evening, a light-and-sound show displays the history of Montréal with illuminating projections.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Twillingate is located on Iceberg Alley, one of the most popular travel destinations on the northeast coast of Canada, and contains stunning coastlines, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads. Off the coast, there are various animals, ranging from whales to dolphins, harp seals, and seabirds. The Long Point Lighthouse provides the best view, looking over the reaches of Notre Dame Bay.
Prince Edward Island
- Prince Edward Island National Park
The PEI National Park is located on the Island’s North Shore on the seven beaches with over 50 kilometers of hiking and cycling trails. There are activities to learn about the culture of the island, such as through music and stories at evening campfires. There are also notable cultural resources such as Green Gables, part of L. M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site.
Brightly colored buildings are scattered throughout the townscape of Lunenburg, with almost three-fourths of the original structures remaining from the 18th and 19th century. The community is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its legacy was created as an early ship-building center. Often at the waterfront, the port has vessels docking at wharves and fishermen unloading each day’s catch.
- Kingsbrae Garden
Kingsbrae Garden is located in St. Andrews By-the-Sea with 27 acres of multi-award winning gardening pieces. There are over 50,000 perennials in themed areas of gardens, ponds, streams, and forests. It is home to extraordinary sculptures, art studios, and art classes and is also ranked as the number one thing to do while visiting the area.