5 Small Canadian Towns You Have To Check Out


It’s summertime, and also the perfect time for a weekend getaway. Sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the city for a few hours, or a day or two, and there are several small towns located throughout Canada that you should check out. Here are our favourites.

If you live in southwestern Ontario, odds are you’ve heard of St. Jacobs, Ontario before. This small community of Mennonite is situated just outside of Kitchener / Waterloo, and features the country’s largest, year round farmer’s market. Not only will you find some of the best locally grown produce, hand made cheeses and other artisan foods, but you will also find quality hand-crafted goods. Children enjoy it too, as they will get to see some horse and buggy’s, or go to the petting zoo.

We wouldn’t recommend going to Legal, Alberta during the winter as it is located 50 km north of Edmonton and gets its fair share of snow, but in the Spring and Summer it’s a beautiful example of Western French Canadian culture. Even though it only has a popular of 1500, it is recognized as the largest French Mural capital in the world. Art fans will love the 35 beautiful French Murals that are displayed on walls and buildings throughout the town.

St. Andrews, New Brunswick is Canada’s oldest seaside resort town. From whale watching, to golfing, to some of the best examples of Canadian sea food you will ever find, it’s surprising that St. Andrew’s only has a population of approximately 1800. It’s only a short drive from both Fredericton and Saint John, and it’s well worth the day you will spend there.

Historically speaking Goderich, Ontario has received its fair share of attention. Queen Elizabeth II once called it the prettiest town in Canada, and it’s not surprising why. It sits on bluffs overlooking Lake Huron, and over a quarter of the town is made up of parks. There are also three beaches connected by a mile-long boardwalk. The downtown is shaped like a octagonal traffic circle, but the locals call it the square. In the middle of the square sits the beautiful county courthouse and in the summer the farmers and antique markets. You might just really have a difficult time finding a more beautiful town in Canada.

If you want to take a trip back in time, then you might just want to visit Hudson, Quebec. Just 60 km west of Montreal, this small community is made up of artisans who make crafts that are perfect to take home for souvenirs. There is also a large flea market, Finnegan’s, that is held just outside of town, that is well known in the area. And if that isn’t enough of a reason to visit, you will want to check out the dining options in town. You will find some of the best food in all of Quebec, a lot of which is made up of local organic cuisine.

Photo: Saskia2586 on Wikipedia

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