Strathcona Provincial Park Lake Island British Columbia
Life in the mighty metropolis has its advantages, sure, but if you love the outdoors, all that concrete and smoggy air can get to you. You start to yearn for an environment with fewer malls and traffic jams and more mountains and hiking trails. To help you find that place, we’ve scoured the country to select 10 of Canada’s best outdoor communities. These towns may not have the hottest five-star restaurants or the most happenin’ nightlife—or any nightlife whatsoever—and you’ll need to figure out for yourself what you’ll do for a living. But once you make the big move, you’ll have some of the country’s best adventures at your doorstep. And what else do you really need?
Small town escapes: Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
With the Laurentian Mountains towering above and the St. Lawrence River minutes away, this is an ideal outdoor townRead More >
Small town escapes: Gold River, B.C.
With so much to do, Gold River is no place for the indecisive.Read More >
Small town escapes: Whitehorse, YK
With everything a transplanted southerner could want, Whitehorse is a genuine tourist mecca in the warmer months.Read More >
Small town escapes: Dauphin, MB
Sandwiched between Riding Mountain National Park and Duck Mountain Provincial Park, it's hard to leave this prairie town without running into a mountainous region.Read More >
Small town escapes: Parry Sound, ON
Visit this outdoor town, located in the heart of Ontario's cottage countryRead More >
Small town escapes: Rossland, B.C.
Originally goldrush town, Rossland's wild-west history continues to define itRead More >
Small town escapes: Corner Brook, NL
Head to this outdoor town, where you'll find tons of culture along with its many adventuresRead More >
Small town escapes: Lunenburg, NS
The best of historic Lunenburg, one of the only urban areas in North America to be named a UNESCO world heritage siteRead More >
Small town escapes: Jasper, AB
Jasper provides the same great Rocky Mountain experience as Banff, but with less touristsRead More >