Taking in the beauty of a new destination, being welcomed by locals, and discovering must-see spots: there’s nothing quite like going on a road trip! If you’re lacking inspiration, look no further. We’ve uncovered a few villages you’ll want to add to your list of places to visit.
Kamouraska - Québec
This village is located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, and appreciated for its calmness and beauty. According to National Geographic, its fabulous sunsets with a view on the river are almost as exquisite as the ones in Hawaii. Another reason to visit: its architectural heritage and history. This village is part of the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec (“Most Beautiful Villages in Quebec Association”). Attention, foodies: you’ll want to check out this list of the best restaurants and markets to visit. Don’t forget to visit Pêcheries Ouellet, which has been present in the village since 1902.
Port-au-Persil - Québec
This village is as charming as can be! It is said that Port-au-Persil was so named by Samuel de Champlain due to the large amounts of parsley he found there when he arrived. It is located in the Charlevoix region on the Saint Lawrence River, where you can enjoy river views, swimming in waterfalls, and trails that are perfect for long walks, and sunbathing on the rocks. Also, why not pop into the pretty Chapel or Poterie de Port-au-Persil? Fun times ahead!
Merrickville-Wolford – Ontario
Located in the Eastern part of Ontario, Merrickville-Wolford is a Victorian village that crosses the Rideau Canal and is surrounded by rural scenery. Due to its proximity to many other cities including the Canadian capital, several residents from the surrounding area visit the village to find unique items and pieces of art made by local craftspeople. One of the highlights: historic Merrickville village, where you can experience a distant era for a few moments through its architectural heritage. It is home to over 100 historical properties, with many dating back to the 19th century.
Elora – Ontario
Located in Wellington County, Elora is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Canada because of its limestone architecture dating back to the 19th century, among other things. The locale is perfect for strolling the streets and discovering local shops and art galleries. You’ll also find delicious cuisine, notably thanks to the presence of Basque chef Roger Dufau at Drew House. It’s also the perfect opportunity to discover one of the most spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley: Elora Gorge. On the menu: tall limestone cliffs, a centenarian mill, and charming cascades.
Lunenburg – Nova Scotia
Lunenburg is a harbour city and a must-visit destination for fans of history and architecture. In fact, Old Town Lunenburg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as has preserved its appearance through the centuries, with its wooden houses dating back to the 1600s and original British colonial settlement. A vibrant atmosphere can be felt when visiting its creative boutiques and modern galleries. It is also possible to visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to find out more about the region’s rich fishing heritage.
North Rustico “The Crick” – Prince Edward Island
Located 30 kilometres northwest of Charlottetown, North Rustico is the ultimate summer destination. Known for its Canada Day celebration which attracts 10,000 people in the region, it is also a great village to visit if you love to eat—world renowned restaurant Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Supper is a must—but also for its wide array of activities such as high seas cod and mackerel fishing, and enjoying the national park’s sandy beaches. Find charming lodgings, shop for some souvenirs, visit a lighthouse, or enjoy an evening at the theater.