Canada is known for its incredible beauty, it’s bustling yet welcoming cities, its awe-inspiring lake views and much more. There is simply so much to see and experience in the country that a single visit cannot do justice. But if you want to begin your Canada sojourn this spring, then there is no better way than to visit some of the breath-taking locations in the country’s East Coast. You will not only get to visit some of the best destinations in Canada here but you can also learn a lot more about the country’s history here. There are many small towns and almost non-descript stopovers in the East Coast that will give you a piece of history. If you are planning to visit the East Coast this spring, here are our top 10 places to visit.
- Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
The one memory that will forever stay etched in your mind is the sunset from or near the lighthouse which simply said is scintillating. Apart from experiencing some of the best sunsets ever, you can do a lot more at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. Since this is primarily a fishing village that has always attracted tourists, Peggy’s Cove is considered one of the best places in Canada’s East Coast to try seafood. Though it is a city, there continues to be a rural charm that is at once endearing and heart-warming. We bet you wouldn’t want to leave Peggy’s Cove easily.
- Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick – A quiet walk along the shore with your beloved by your side may just be one of the best travel dreams you have. At Hopewell Rocks at the Bay of Fundy, you may not only enjoy such pleasant walks but you can also take self-guided tours around the park that opens mid-May to mid-October. You can also go kayaking at the Hopewell Rocks to experience the highest tide in the world. There are also the sandstone arches that shouldn’t be missed here.
- Iceberg Viewing in Newfoundland – You can choose to be at St. Lewis, Twillingate, Battle Harbour, Cape St. Mary’s or Bonavista in Newfoundland and experience one of the most magnificent natural phenomena there possibly can be. Between late May and early June, you can witness icebergs cruising along the Iceberg Alley. This happens along the coast of Labrador towards the northeast tip of Newfoundland. Words cannot describe the beauty of this natural phenomenon and you need to experience it first-hand. These shorelines of Newfoundland offer a majestic view of this natural cruise. If you want to try out something adventurous, you can take a boat trip or kayak closer to the icebergs and watch them move up close.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia – As one of the more prominent cities of East Coast, Halifax is usually one of the must stop-overs. A friendly city with numerous art galleries and museums, a walk around downtown Halifax is relaxing, enjoyable and above all educational. While at Halifax make sure you visit the Gallery of Nova Scotia, Studio 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. There is also a 3-kilometer long boardwalk along the harbor that shouldn’t be missed. There is also a lot to experiment and experience with regards to food as Halifax is dotted with tiny restaurants and cafes offering world-class food.
- Charlottetown, P.E.I. - Charlottetown is that quintessential idyllic town about which you have always read in books and magazines. It is a perfect getaway, the perfect place to dig your teeth deep into history, to party without worry, to walk without tiring – basically to do more than you imagine doing while on a holiday. Charlottetown is an old city in Prince Edward Island and is the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation. The city’s motto of “Cunabula Foederis” meaning birthplace of the confederation says as much. Apart from visiting the casinos, nightclubs, restaurants, you must also take out time to visit the Province House National Historic Site. Not sure if you are eligible to travel with an eTA? Check here what the application requirements are!
- Gros Morne National Park – The UNESCO World Heritage Site located at Newfoundland and Labrador is a breath-taking beauty that must be visited when in the east coast of Canada. Precisely situated at the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Gros Morne National Park is the second largest park in Atlantic Canada. You can enjoy one of the 20-day trails along the coastline or the interiors of the park. Expect to see some black bears, harbor seals, moose, caribou, and beavers here.
- John’s – The first thing you will probably notice when you visit this quaint town in Newfoundland and Labrador is the colorful houses. The eclectic houses or what is better known as the Jellybean Houses, tell their own story of camaraderie and bonhomie. There is a lot to do at St. John’s like enjoying excellent local theatre, walking endlessly at night and of course enjoying the harbor.
- Gaspé, Quebéc – Gaspé is a small town located at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebéc. It is a historical town with numerous historical sites worth visiting. There are four national parks here which must be seen. You mustn’t forget to check out the Percé Rock, Chaleur Bay, and the lighthouses. Even if you have a short trip to the East Coast, try to squeeze in at least a day for Gaspé.
- Cavendish, P.I.E – If you have read the classic Canadian children’s book The Anne of Green Gables and have always wanted to visit the old Victorian home that is so beautifully described in the book by its author Lucy Maud Montgomery then you must visit Cavendish, the small town in P.I.E which has the now-protected house. Apart from the house, you can also visit the museums around Cavendish that are informative and worth visiting.
- L’anse aux Meadows – Newfoundland was the first North American site that was discovered by European explorers and L’anse aux Meadows is the only remaining Viking site that stands as it did some 1000 years ago. The Norse ruins are worth exploring and the place is wrapped in history.