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5 Hidden Gems to Visit in Canada

The second largest country in the world after Russia, Canada covers 3.8 million square miles, offering a lot more than its most popular attractions like Whistler, Banff National Park, and Toronto’s CN Tower. Incredibly diverse, odds are, you’ve never even heard about these hidden gems, but they’re all destinations that make for an especially unforgettable adventure. In fact, by taking advantage of special RV relocation deals, you may be able to create an itinerary that’s truly a trip of a lifetime.

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1 Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Gros Morne is one of Canada’s greatest treasures, located on the west coast of Newfoundland, the country’s easternmost province. It rivals the beauty of Banff offering everything from a beautifully rugged coastline, beaches, and lighthouses to dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, magnificent freshwater fjords, and alpine highlands. Wildlife lovers can look forward to the opportunity for spotting caribou, moose, and fox as well as whales and seals. There are miles and miles of trails for hiking, and visitors can also join the Western Brook Pond boat tour, gliding between huge, billion-year-old cliffs with cascading falls that plunge into the park’s largest lake.

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2 Sable Island National Park Reserve, Nova Scotia

One of the furthest offshore islands in Canada, Sable Island sits in the Atlantic Ocean near the edge of the Continental Shelf, 180 miles off the coast of Halifax. Referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” over the years more than 350 ships have fallen prey to its submerged sandbars offshore. This sandy, windswept isle can be reached via cruise, flight or private watercraft and is home to just a handful of humans and some 400 wild horses, along with other wildlife like harbor seals, grey seals, rare nesting terns, and Ipswich sparrows.

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3 Haida Gwaii

Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an outdoor adventurers’ and a wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise. Sometimes called Canada’s Galapagos for its endemic wildlife, visitors can glimpse Sitka deer, the unique Haida Gwaii black bear, dusky shrew, and pine marten. There is an almost mystical feel in this remote area of the world, with the ocean mist that drifting through moss-draped trees. Twenty species of whales and dolphins have been recorded here, including gray and humpback, orca and minke whales, and the occasional sei or fin whale too. With such nutrient-rich waters, the archipelago is also a foodie’s delight with menus frequently featuring dishes like salmon, halibut, salmon, clams, geoduck, and scallops, paired with fresh, local produce and exotic mushrooms. In the artisan communities, local artists create glass, candles, jewelry, essential oils, soaps, and other items from home workshops.

Just a few of the popular active Canadian shops and pursuits here include fishing, surfing, sailing, hiking, biking, caving, and zip-lining.

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4 Emerald Lake, Yukon

Emerald Lake is a postcard-perfect spot – so much so that it’s one of the Yukon’s most photographed destinations. It was carved by glaciers some 14,000 years ago, filled with striking emerald waters with dramatic mountains serving as a breathtaking backdrop. The green hue of the lake is the rare result of sunlight that reflects off the white calcium carbonate on the lake floor. This jewel of the Yukon can be reached with an easy half-day trip from Skagway, Alaska traveling over the incredibly scenic White Pass.

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5 Algonquin Park, Ontario

Only about three hours from Toronto, Algonquin Park is Ontario’s first provincial park, made up of 4,750 miles of dense forest, hundreds of lakes and rivers much of which can only be explored on foot or by paddling a canoe. It’s the perfect destination for losing yourself in the wilderness, with the silence broken only by the occasional rustling of the leaves as a lone moose moves through the trees, the rippling of the water or the songs of the birds.

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