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The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

The Best Beaches of the Canadian West

By SHANNON KELLY

Tribune Bay Beach, BC (Photo: Tourism British Columbia)

We’re well into summer, and it’s time to get yourself beachside if you haven’t already. The best ocean- and lake-front beaches in the West may come as a surprise. First, they’re not all in British Columbia. (Though most are, since that province monopolizes Canada’s Pacific coast. Vancouver alone has 10 beaches!) Secondly, they’re not all hugging the southern border—some excellent northern lakes and oceanfront strands have made the list, too.

Check out Canada’s top beaches in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta »

 RELATED: Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

19 of Canada’s Most Unusual Museums

by CARISSA BLUESTONE

Canada’s Most Unusual Museums: the world-famous Gopher Hole Museum (Photo: Colin Smith)

Did you know that Vancouver has an entire museum devoted to corkscrews, that diehard Anne Murray fans can devour every detail of her life and record a CD with her in Nova Scotia, or that a tiny town called Vulcan in the Alberta Prairies is home to a Star Trek–themed tourist “station”? From the über-Canadian to the downright kooky, these unusual, one-of-a-kind and just plain weird museums earn the moniker “cabinet of curiosities”.

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Canada's 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Oversize Roadside Attractions

Mac the Moose—no relation to Mack the Knife (Photo: Matt Boulton)

Mac the Moose of Moose Jaw—no relation to Mack the Knife (Photo: Matt Boulton)

In the competitive field of World's Largest attractions, there are definite trends: moose, bison and other roaming animals are in abundance, same with fish and birds. Oversized sports equipment or tools are the de-facto if your town has a historical agenda, and, of course, everyone loves a nod to the thing everyone can identify with: money. (more…)

Canada’s Oldest Bars: 12 Historic Pubs Still in Operation Today

By SHANNON KELLY

The Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake was founded in 1789 (Photo: Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Determining Canada’s oldest bars is a delicate matter. First, it depends on the meaning of “oldest”: Is it the oldest continuously operating pubs? The first bars to open in Canada, despite having closed for a period or having changed names and/or locations?

And then there are the establishments with a fuzzy history: they may have closed, they may not have—no one is quite sure. Not to mention that Canada wasn’t even technically Canada until 1867, so—if you’re one to split hairs—bars opened before that date weren’t Canadian.

You see the problem. (more…)

Across Quebec: 10 Boutiques We Love

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By Phil Birnbaum

There's nothing like the bespoke pieces and hard-to-find labels that boutiques offer. From beautiful pieces for your home, or curated fashions, boutiques offer a unique shopping experience. Enjoy this slideshow of ten boutiques we love across Quebec. (more…)

10 Best Great Lakes Beaches

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Great Lakes Beaches: Agawa Bay on Lake Superior (Photo: eskimo_jo)

Central Canada’s Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, and their combined coastlines add up to nearly 18,000 km—more than 40 per cent of the circumference of the Earth. That’s a lot of Great Lakes—and, consequently, a lot of Great Lakes beaches for landlocked folks to enjoy this spring and summer. See our list of the 10 best, must-visit Great Lakes beaches, and unpack those flip-flops!

See the slideshow of the 10 best Great Lakes beaches »

 

12 Memorable East Coast Fishing Villages

By ALINA SEAGAL

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo: Alina Seagal)

An adventure through Atlantic Canada is not complete until you visit a fishing village or two. Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a new lifestyle and some stunning coastal views. Marvel at the postcard views of Peggy’s Cove, walk along the ocean floor during incredibly low tides around Alma or simply head to the village known internationally for its tasty oysters. Hundreds of fishing settlements dot the East Coast, yet we’ve selected some of the most memorable ones for you to see. (more…)

10 Cool Kid-Friendly Hotels Across Canada

By LIZ BRUCKNER

FantasyLand Hotel at the West Edmonton Mall

Complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi aside, when visiting a hotel with the shorter set, it’s the kid-specific perks that garner real praise with parents. From kid concierges to in-hotel scavenger hunts, these nationwide homes-away-from-home earn serious child-friendly clout. (more…)

Hiking Canada’s 5 Highest Trails

By KAT TANCOCK

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Hiking Canada’s highest trails: a couple strolls near Whistler Summit (Photo: Paul Morrison)

Hiking Canada’s high-altitude trails has loads of advantages over trekking at sea level: the terrain is unusual, the views are spectacular and the thin air is refreshing. For adventurers interested in the extra challenge of mountain hike, we offer this visual tour of the best high-altitude trails in British Columbia and Alberta.

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12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Labrador, on Canada’s east coast, is one of the best places to see the northern nights

We admit it, we’re a bit aurora borealis obsessed here at Where.ca. But can you blame us? Canada is one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights in all their glory. Travellers interested in seeing the show should know that the phenomenon is most vibrant in winter, though they can be seen all year in certain spots. In this gorgeous slide show, we’ve singled out the best places to see the northern lights from coast to coast.

• Start the slide show for the best places to see the northern lights »
• See a map of all the best places to see the northern lights »

A Foodie Road Trip Through the Maritimes

By ALINA SEAGAL

The Wharf Village Restaurant of Moncton (Photo: Alina Seagal)

When on a road trip, finding the right spot to eat can turn into a scavenger hunt—especially if you’re on a seafood sampling adventure in Maritimes. Lobster rolls, seafood chowders and crab cakes are served at every corner, and it’s next to impossible for the uninitiated to know the place that they’ll like best. Here, our list of great lobster shacks, oyster bars and family-run establishments that will help you find the perfect place to stop.

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