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Five Hidden Vacation Gems from Across Canada

"In 2012, I moved to Canada from Britain and since then have been crisscrossing this gorgeous nation, soaking up its beauty from coast to coast to coast. Canadians often say to me that I’ve been to more places in their country than they have, and I always reply that’s such a shame, because damn, Canada! You’re dazzling! There’s almost no need to go anywhere else when you have such a vast treasure trove right here on your own – admittedly vast – doorstep. From paddling with beluga whales as the sun sets over Hudson Bay to camping out on an Atikamekw reserve in a romantic teepee, Canada offers extraordinary variety and astounding natural beauty, you don’t need to go far to find inspiration for your next great vacation.

Advocate Harbour, N.S.

The Bay of Fundy may not have made the new seven wonders of the world list in 2011, but it certainly should be on yours. Advocate Harbour is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it community in Nova Scotia, jutting out into the home of the world’s greatest tidal range, where a massive 115 billion tonnes of water flow in and out twice daily.

You can head out on a sea kayak trip with Nova Shores from Cape Chignecto Park and paddle through narrow archways, past gnarly rocky spindles and around the Three Sisters, the jagged fingers of rock which soar skywards from the ocean floor. Stop off for a picnic on a sandy, driftwood-scattered beach, then marvel at the tidal power on your return, as your kayak seems to have mysteriously moved metres away from the shoreline and the rocks – which just an hour ago were half submerged but are now almost fully exposed to their roots.

Enjoy adventurous cooking from husband-and-wife team Andrew Aitken and Sarah Griebel at Wild Caraway, in a century-old house, with a modern seasonal menu adorned with gems such as seaweed popcorn and applewood-smoked sour cream with mackerel tartare. Later, snuggle up in a chalet, with its own hot tub, overlooking the sea at Driftwood Park Retreat."

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