Ok, so let's have some action on this group... Many members of this group seem to come from a small town or village, but some others are planning a trip and want to visit Canada off the beaten path. Help them building their itinerary by answering to his question :
What's your favorite village or small town in Canada, and why?
Mine is Bouctouche, in New Brunswick. The Acadian's hospitality is just soooo great. And the Dune de Bouctouche is so beautiful. It is a calm little town; even in high season, it doesn't seem to be overwhelmed by tourists... So you get the real "village spirit". Moreover, it is a great central point to many not-to-miss attractions in New Brunswick, so you can stay many nights in Bouctouche and do some day-tripping around, you're never too far of anything if you travel by car. I would return there again and again...
I really like Gaspesie and the small towns on the side of the St Lawrence River, it's beautiful.
I also come from the Eastern Township in Quebec and there is small treasure there too.
Lately I am living in the NWT and the people are friendly and the small communities have their own distinctive flavor even if they most likely built the same. It's the people and the traditions that are still presents (even if the new generation are more and less attached to it!) that make those communities a place to visit. And the adventure and experiences that you can do are almost illimited...
There is of course Banff and Jasper...with the rockies and all the wonders around...you have to go and see for yourself at less once in your life...
Those places are my picks!!!
My fovorite is Grand Bend, Ontario. Nice little town, beautiful lakeside, beach and campground (Pinery provincial park).
Awsome party location for spring break ;-)
During the "logging rush" after World War II, Longworth was an active, yet remote little community with two schools and about 120 people. Then the logging companies abandoned the area, the sawmills closed down and the men could not find work any longer. So most families were forced to move away. Today only about 12 people live in Longworth full time, the schools have closed down. But there still is a post office and a train station and a few years ago Longworth was finally connected to the road system by a long gravel road, so that the place can now be visited by car (before that, you could only get there by train or boat).
Longworth is located some 120 km (80 miles) south-east of Prince George, on the east bank of the Fraser River. It is surrounded by temperate inland rain forrest and there still is a lot of wildlife to be found. The bears can get downright annoying, actually. Two wonderful mountains overlook the village, they form the southmost end of the Bear Paw Ridge. On most maps the mountains are not named, but the locals call them the Lookout and the Baldy.
I discovered the place because one of my best friends grew up there and took me for a visit. At the moment she is making plans to revive the place and if her plans work out I will join her to live there as well.
Ah well i'm from the eastern townships in quebec. Thats pretty near the vermont/new york borders.
Great area for foods and outdoors. Summer and autumn are best but then again year round you get some to do :D
here is a site that gives you some shots and some jibberjabbin' about the place:
I have to vote Wakefield, Quebec.
I'm biased because I live close to Wakefield and grew up in the area. But I have also lived in France and traveled to many places in North America and in parts of Europe. And I still feel that Wakefield is the best small town in Canada (I'd even venture to say it's the best small town in the world...)!
Wakefield, though it is charming and unique in its nature, the way it is set along the Gatineau River, also has such kind, spirited people who live in and around it. Many people come to Wakefield to visit and never leave! It has some kind of magic magnetism that roots people to it for a lifetime and more.
...And there's NO WAL-MART or McD's!!