Even though Canada is a vast country with tons of places to visit, there are some destinations that seem to get all the attention (we’re looking at you, Vancouver). If you’re planning a trip to the great white north and you’re looking for a unique and memorable destination, these are some top picks for underrated holiday spots.
Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Nestled on the shores of the vast Okanagan Lake, this region is full of historic inns, wineries and activities for almost every kind of traveller. Stroll the lake’s boardwalk for some breathtaking views of the water and its surrounding countryside, or opt for a summer vineyard tour and some wine tasting. Those who would rather spend their downtime being pampered can easily find a five-star spa treatment, while the area’s hiking trails, lakes and rivers are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.
Just a two-hour train ride from Toronto, Hamilton is often overlooked, but definitely underrated. Once known primarily for its steel industry (and not much else), many pockets of this waterfront city are undergoing a transformation, now home to leafy streets, trendy cafes and record stores. Close to the majestic Niagara Falls, Hamilton is also known as the waterfall capital of the world and boasts many places to hike, swim and enjoy Ontario’s picturesque natural resources.
Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
If you appreciate a rugged, Viking-like aesthetic, you might love this remote part of Canada’s east coast. It’s definitely off the beaten path, but there are still plenty of things to do, from whale watching to participating in a guided geological trek along the coastline, to touring the island’s winery. For the full experience, book one of the “iceberg properties,” a series of quaint cottages situated in the historic fishing village of Twillingate.