Canada is full of beautiful places to amaze young and old alike. This summer, we invite you to take in the sights and sounds of six provinces. Stroll through lavender fields, sample delicious snacks, admire beautiful landscapes and so much more on our list of some of the best places to visit in Eastern Canada.
Ontario’s Lavender Fields
Did you know there are two main types of lavender in Ontario? French and English lavender. You can visit fields that stretch as far as the eye can see throughout the province.
Avalon Lavender Farm
Avalon Lavender Farm is located in the town of Mono, where you can stroll through beautiful lavender fields and pick your own bouquet. You can also sign up for a yoga class or schedule a professional photo shoot.
347036 Mono Centre Road
Located just off the 401 near Kelso Lake, Kelso Lavender offers tours and photography sessions. This family-owned business has an on-site and online store, so you can easily shop for home decor or spoil your loved ones with sweet-smelling gifts.
8649 Appleby Line
Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery
Bonnieheath Estate is located in Waterford, a small southern Ontario community of approximately 3,000 people. You can enjoy events and picnics, as well as wine and cider tastings all in one place. Like most lavender fields, you can pick your own bouquet and shop for locally made products on-site.
410 Concession 12 Townsend
Must-Visit Snack Bars
Quebec’s national dish is poutine. Although great to eat any time of the year, there’s something special about enjoying fries, cheese curds and gravy while on the road. Here are a few must-visit snack bars along the North Shore and in Charlevoix.
The famous Cantine Armande has 4.7 stars on Google Maps. It’s a great place to enjoy a classic poutine. However, the varied menu allows you to complete your meal with exciting delicacies. The restaurant is only open half the year, so make sure you stop by when passing through Chute-aux-Outardes.
196 Rue Valilée
Cantine La Bonne Franquette
Cantine La Bonne Franquette is located off Rt. 138 on the way to Forestville. There’s a small playground and plenty of picnic tables where you can enjoy delicious comfort food and soft-serve ice cream with your little ones.
121 Rt. 138
Casse-croûte Le Connaisseur
When you arrive near the mouth of the Saguenay River, you’ll probably want to park your car and admire St. Lawrence. However, make sure you add sampling the menu at Casse-croûte Le Connaisseur to the list. This small restaurant will enchant you with its playful atmosphere and delicious poutine, located in Tadoussac, right before the hustle and bustle of the tourist district.
452 Rue Bateau Passeur
Casse-croûte Bar Laitier, Rt. 138
Located at the intersection of Rt. 138 and Chemin Cartier, Casse-croûte Bar Laitier in Saint-Hilarion offers a traditional menu of poutines and burgers, as well as smoked meat. The beautiful two-storey red brick building is set in the enchanting heart of Charlevoix on the way to Baie-Saint-Paul.
275 Chemin Cartier
The Best Lobster Rolls
Ah, lobster rolls! This delicious seafood sandwich is a must-try when visiting New Brunswick. Many restaurants have a secret recipe that keeps regulars and tourists coming back for more. Here are four must-try places.
Chez Léo Restaurant
This small restaurant has an outdoor take-out window that’s well known in the area. On top of famous lobster rolls, the menu is filled with seafood dishes like fish burgers and clam rolls. This is the place to go if you want a meal straight from the ocean.
3868 134 Road
Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick
Lenny’s Take Out
Lenny’s Take Out is located in the same part of the province. Depending on the weather, you can have a bite to eat inside or outside. The little yellow and red building in Shediac will satisfy your appetite with its succulent lobster rolls, gourmet poutines and fried seafood.
550 Main Street
Shediac, New Brunswick
Chez Camille Take Out
This restaurant sits along the Acadian Coastal Drive in Cap-Pelé. It has many positive reviews for both its service and menu. Despite the name, you can eat inside and take your order to go. Whether with friends or family, get ready to discover new flavours. Lobster rolls are the highlight, but so are other types of seafood.
2385 Acadia Road
Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick
If you head west on highway 15, 30 minutes from Shediac, you’ll arrive at Hynes Restaurant in Moncton. This restaurant has been around since 1939 and has built quite a reputation. You can dine in or take your order to go. You can enjoy the taste of the sea, including lobster rolls, shrimp and fish, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
495 Mountain Road
Moncton, New Brunswick
Like a Fish in Water
Summer is all about having fun on the water. Fortunately, Nova Scotia is a water sports paradise! Take note of the following places to get your feet wet this summer in the southern part of the province.
Cape LaHave Adventures
Enjoy the Atlantic Ocean like never before by gliding on top of it. Cape LaHave Adventures is the place to go to take in the endless horizon by paddleboard accompanied by guides. This outfitter is also known for its fun-filled kayak tours.
14 Bell’s Cove Road
LaHave, Nova Scotia
East Coast Surf School
You don’t have to go far to learn how to surf the Atlantic Ocean. The East Coast Surf School in Lawrencetown offers surfing lessons all summer long. On-site equipment rentals are available, including boards, accessories and wetsuits.
4348 Lawrencetown Road
Lawrencetown East, Nova Scotia
East Coast Outfitters
You’ll know you’ve arrived in the right place once you see a hoard of cute little shacks dotting the edge of Lower Prospect Road. All you have to do is get changed for your guided kayaking lesson. Whether you want to take a solo adventure or rent a few kayaks with friends, this is the perfect place to go.
2017 Lower Prospect Road
Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island’s Lighthouses
Prince Edward Island’s iconic lighthouses serve many purposes. Most importantly, they help ships know they’re close to land. However, they’re also used for viewing the sea and taking great travel photos. We’ve chosen four lighthouses from across the province that will charm you.
Seacow Head Lighthouse
Standing 18 metres high, the famous red and white lighthouse in Bedeque is a must-see destination. It’s located across from New Brunswick near the Confederation Bridge. You’ll feel like you’re all alone in the world as you step onto the vast green field facing the sea. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh air and admire the beautiful 150-year-old building.
Bedeque, Prince Edward Island
Victoria Seaport Lighthouse Museum
Just 30 minutes from your first visit, you’ll find Victoria Seaport Lighthouse Museum. As the name suggests, this lighthouse has an indoor exhibit where you can admire beautiful pictures and paintings that depict the history of the building.
2 Russell Street
Victoria, Prince Edward Island
Panmure Island Lighthouse and Gift Shop
A lighthouse, museum and gift shop are just a few of the things you’ll discover at Panmure Island Lighthouse in Eastern PEI. When you visit this magnificent four-story structure, you’ll leave with a souvenir in hand and many more burned in your memory. This lone lighthouse, which is now a heritage site, is located on a peninsula. It’s the perfect spot for a family-friendly afternoon.
62 Lighthouse Road
Montague, Prince Edward Island
East Point Lighthouse
Last but not least is East Point Lighthouse. Located in Elmira at the very end of Lighthouse Road, you’ll come face to face with this 64-foot tall, five-story building. East Point Lighthouse is at the intersection of three major waterways: the Northumberland Strait, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This makes it the perfect location for looking out to sea. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch and browse the gift shop.
404 Lighthouse Road
Elmira, Prince Edward Island
A Hiker’s Paradise
Fall scenery is said to be beautiful, but summer scenery, lush green leaves and sunshine aren’t too shabby either. If you want to go for a walk without counting your steps, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the place to be.
If you’re an experienced hiker, Skerwink Trail is for you. Prepare to be amazed by the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The trail is 5.3 kilometres long and is sure to be a memorable experience.
Dog Cove Road
Port Rexton, Newfoundland and Labrador
If you want to get your blood pumping, why not tackle Mickeleens Path? This trail is about 2 hours and 40 minutes from Skerwink and is over 7.2 kilometres long. Bring your binoculars to see Bear Bay and Gull Island. There are a couple of places to stay in Goulds.
Bears Cove Road
Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador
Deadman’s Bay Path
This year, take on the challenge of hiking Deadman’s Bay Path. You’ll feel an immense sense of accomplishment after finishing this 20.9-kilometre trail. You can also split the hike in half by camping along the trail. Deadman’s Bay Path allows you to marvel at several bays, including:
- Freshwater Bay
- St. John’s Bay
- Deadman’s Bay
- Blackhead Bay
Keep in mind that this hiking trail is considered moderate to difficult.
Deadman’s Bay Path
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Walk the length of the Atlantic Ocean by planning a hike along Cobbler’s Path. You’ll pass two historic sites on the nearly 12 km round trip jaunt, including the Red Cliff Radar Station and the Red Cliff Battery.
Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer, Newfoundland and Labrador
One thing’s for sure, summer is sure to be busy with our list of places to visit in Canada. Get out there and enjoy the warm weather!