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Now that many parts of Canada are starting to re-open, are you itching to explore some of the amazing places that our stunning country has to offer?
Canada is teeming with magical and unique towns that make for great experiences and unforgettable destinations. Many of these are hidden gems, off the beaten path. You’ll love uncovering these lesser-visited towns (and avoiding the crowds)!
Read on to learn about 10 of Canada’s Most Underrated Towns to add to your bucket list ASAP:


Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Grizzly bear walking in a field
Prince Rupert is located on Kaien Island in Northern BC. It’s a great launching-off base for exciting fishing and wildlife-viewing trips. Grizzly bears, bald eagles, and orcas are among the gorgeous animals you may spot in the area!
The town of Prince Rupert is home to a Tsimshian First Nations community and is known for its many amazing totem poles! You’ll have a blast viewing as many of these unique and beautiful totem poles as possible on your trip.

Best Time to Visit Prince Rupert

The best time to visit Prince Rupert is from June to September.

Best Things to Do in Prince Rupert

Can’t-Miss Events in Prince Rupert

Seafest

Seafest runs annually from June 7th-9th. This annual celebration attracts more than 10,000 people to the coastal town in Northern B.C. for three days of festivities and celebration.
Seafest is packed with events, activities, food booths, and entertainment in Prince Rupert’s downtown and on the waterfront.
Seafest has been canceled for the last two years, but Prince Rupert s looking forward to restarting the event soon!


Jasper, Alberta

A starry night by a mountain lake
Jasper may not be “underrated” necessarily, but surprisingly, it is actually very under-visited, especially when compared to Banff and Lake Louise!
Some of the most amazing sights in the world are found in Jasper National Park, but with the four-hour drive from Banff National Park, many people choose to skip it to spend more time in Banff instead. However, the long and beautiful drive through the Icefields Parkway alone makes visiting Jasper so very worth it!

Best Time to Visit Jasper

The best months to visit Jasper National Park are March through May, or September through November if you’re hoping for cooler temperatures and very few tourists around. June to August is a great time to visit as well, since the weather will be warmer, but attractions and viewpoints will also be a lot busier.

Best Things to Do in Jasper

Can’t-Miss Events in Jasper

Dark Sky Festival

Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival takes place in October and is packed with events, speakers, and activities that focus on science, space, and conservation. Don’t forget to take in the stars at the festival during nighttime events – you might even get to see the northern lights!
The 2021 Dark Sky Festival will proceed October 15-24 2021, but due to COVID-19, there will be some changes to comply with COVID-19 health and safety suggestions.


Sceptre, Saskatchewan (Great Sand Hills)

Girl walking along a sand dune
Did you know that Saskatchewan is home to sand hills?! That’s OK – many people don’t!
This underrated spot in southwest Saskatchewan is the location of the province’s Great Sandhills that cover 1,900 square kilometers. You’ll find it surreal to learn that this sand was deposited from glaciers many, many years ago.

Best Time to Visit the Great Sand Hills

The Great Sandhills Museum & Interpretive Centre is open from May 15 to August 31 so if you want to visit, it is best to go during those months. However, they are closed this season (2021) due to COVID-19, but they are looking forward to welcoming guests again next year!

Best Things to Do at Great Sand Hills

Can’t-Miss Events at Sceptre

Wild West Daze

The next town over from Sceptre is Leader, SK which is just 14km away! From June 18 to June 20, 2021 Leader puts on their Wild West Daze, which is fun for the whole family. Activities for the weekend include a slow-pitch tournament, children’s games, and bouncy castles, trade show, parade, and concert. There is also a beer gardens and concession on site. This could be a fun event to plan your visit to the Great Sand Hills around!


Bouctouche, New Brunswick

A big body of water with a lighthouse in the distance
Bouctouche offers endless beaches and sand dunes, making it a truly stunning seaside destination! The town is located about 40 minutes north of Moncton.
The local Mi’kmaq First Nation people used to call Bouctouche “Tjipogtotjg”, meaning “Great Little Harbour” – and it is exactly that!

Best Time to Visit Bouctouche

The best time to visit Bouctouche is from June to September.

Best Things to Do in Bouctouche

Can’t Miss Events in Bouctouche

Tintamarre

On August 15th, celebrate National Acadian Day in Bouctouche! Take part in the second largest Tintamarre, the traditional “noise parade”, a walk that marks the occasion.

Bouctouche Ecofestival

The event features Bouctouche’s rich coastal environment and farm products while offering solutions for environmental issues through music, culture, and outdoor events.


Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

A boat with big sails sailing a sunset
This Nova Scotia destination is the fun and colorful town of Old Lunenburg.
This historic location is known for its distinct waterfront, decorated with bright and beautiful buildings. There are also loads of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, artisans, and unique shops to explore.
This Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America named as a UNESCO World Heritage site!

Best Time to Visit Lunenburg

The best season for visiting Nova Scotia is between May through October. Some hotels and restaurants are seasonal and may close after October.

Best Things to Do in Lunenburg

Can’t-Miss Events in Lunenburg

Lunenburg Street Festival & Art Walk

Lunenburg Street Festival & Art Walk takes place in July. Visitors can expect musical performances, entertainment, art, crafts, culture, and much more!

The Folk Harbour Festival

The Folk Harbour Festival is Nova Scotia’s longest-running festival and one of the oldest in all of Canada! Experience the best of Folk music, dance, workshops, and conferences over the course of four days in early August that offer something for everyone.


Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

A body of water and colourful houses on the shore
The hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, more commonly known simply as “Tuk”, lies on the shores of the Beaufort Sea and north of the Arctic Circle. This traditional Inuvialuit hamlet of only about 900 people is known for its pingos, which are domes of earth-covered ice.
Because of its remoteness, Tuk is a prime place to experience the contrast between traditional and modern lifestyles.

Best Time to Visit Tuktoyaktuk

There isn’t really a bad time to visit the Northwest Territories!
Summer brings water activities, hot weather, and the insane midnight sun.
Autumn offers vivid colors plus blissful sightings of the Aurora Borealis.
The Northern Lights shows get even better when winter sets in, making the cold months the top tourist season.
In the spring, the sun returns, bathing the snow-capped land, making this the perfect time for snowmobiling, dogsledding, skiing, and more.

Best Things to Do in Tuktoyaktuk

Can-t Miss Events in Tuktoyaktuk

Beluga Jamboree

Tuktoyaktuk hosts the Beluga Jamboree to celebrate springtime on the Arctic coast! This seasonal festival features activities such as snowmobile races, log sawing, harpoon throwing, drum dancing, igloo building, and square dancing.


Wellington, Ontario

Someone enjoying wine and a charcuterie board
Wellington, Ontario is home to amazing historic architecture, and its location in Prince Edward County means you’re always within reach of a winery!
Wellington is about two hours away from Toronto and is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It features a spectacular beach, and the nearby Sandbanks Provincial Park has the world’s largest freshwater sand dunes!

Best Time to Go to Wellington

Summer is the most popular time to visit Wellington. Fall has cooler temperatures and gorgeous fall colors, while winters are cold and snowy. Spring can be wet and rainy here, but the temperatures begin to warm up.

Best Things to Do in Wellington

Can’t-Miss Events in Wellington

Local Food Fest

Enjoy the tastes of Wellington at the Local Food Fest. It’s the perfect place to taste all the local foods! There are free workshops all throughout the day where you can learn about mushroom growing and foraging, sausage-making, fermenting, composting, beekeeping, container gardening, bread-making, backyard chickens, cider making, and more!

Mount Forest Fireworks Festival

The Mount Forest Firework Festival ignites the third weekend in July, each year! With great events, delicious food, rides for the whole family, and – of course – fireworks! The festival has been canceled for this year (2021) but will be back so keep it in mind for future trips.


Minnedosa, Manitoba

A bison standing in a field
Minnedosa, Manitoba is about two and a half hours away from Winnipeg. Located on the Little Saskatchewan River, Minnedosa offers a unique look into life in a prairie community, offering plenty of hiking trails in the area (as well as Minnedosa Beach).

Best Time to Go to Minnedosa

July and August are the best months to visit Minnedosa if you’re looking for warm, sunny days and pleasantly cool nights.

Best Things to Do in Minnedosa

Can’t-Miss Events in Minnedosa

Minnedosa’s Annual Funfest

This annual festival happens in and around downtown Minnedosa. Here you can support local vendors selling baking, crafts, and more. Enjoy the Funfest parade as it drives by, sip a drink in the beer gardens, and enjoy some food at the BBQs!


Twillingate, Newfoundland

a breaching humpback whale
Twillingate is a former fishing community on the Twillingate Islands in Notre Dame Bay.
Twillingate is about five hours northwest of St. John’s.
This town is rich in tradition, and in spring it’s one of the best places to watch icebergs float by!

Best Time to Visit Twillingate

The best time to visit Newfoundland is early July to mid-August, when the province is full of color and has pleasant temperatures.
If you want to see the icebergs, they are best viewed in late May and early June.

Best Things to Do in Twillingate

Can’t-Miss Events in Twillingate

Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival

Head to the annual Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival during the last weekend of July. Join the excitement for everyone with scavenger hunts, parades, bonfires, fireworks, concerts, and much more!


Tadoussac, Quebec

A wide view of a sea side city
The village of Tadoussac is a three-hour drive northeast of Quebec City and lies at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers.
Tadoussac is a great whale-watching destination, with beluga whales visiting the waters here in warmer months.

Best Time to Visit Tadoussac

If you’re hoping to see whales, visiting in the summer is the best option. The most likely months for the best weather in Tadoussac are June, July, August, and September.

Best Things to Do in Tadoussac

Can’t-Miss Events in Tadoussac

Festival de la Chanson

Every year, this festival hosts around 40 francophone artists from all over Quebec, other Canadian provinces, and Europe. This internationally renowned festival transforms the village into a huge four-day musical celebration that you won’t want to miss if you’re in the area!


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