You might not know this but Canada is the country that has more lakes than any other country in the world with an average of 3 million lakes. Canada is also famous for cold weather sports and the country is a prime location for film makers. This country has also one of the largest coastline measuring around 200,000 km which tells you that Canada naturally has lots of islands.
If you love beach vacations, high end shopping, captivating cultures, best of Canada cuisines, skiing, authentic outdoor vacation, endless shorelines and much more Canada islands offers you all this. These impressive islands will inspire your spirit and renew your soul if you’re planning a vacation in this country. Here are the top 10 amazing islands from the hundred’s that are located in Canada.
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10. Prince Edward Island
This is a province but an island in it has been named Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island is one of the best island in the entire province and is Canada’s 24th largest island and is also known as “Garden of the Gulf,” The island can provide authentic Island experience that will make your stay worth to remember. For those who love Anne of Green Gables PEI feels like home but there is more such as pristine beaches, lighthouses, unique artworks and crafts, tens of shopping locations, scenic drives, confederation trail, PEI parks, numerous outdoor activities, itineraries and much more. Basically this is an island filled with fun and unique adventures.
9. Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Manitoulin Island is the biggest or rather the largest island in the whole world located in a fresh water lake. For those who might be planning to take an adventure and explore Canada northerly regions Manitoulin Island can be a good place to start off. Manitoulin island is has an incredible beauty that fully suits visitors who are seeking an outdoor vacation. Some of the things to do in this region are cross country skiing, magnificent hiking trails, ice fishing, cycling areas, watching diverse bird and wildlife populations, snowmobiling, skating, golfing, fishing competitions, hunting, curling and much more. You will also get a wide range of accommodation facilities such as motels, rental cottages, and bed and breakfast. They say in this island that life moves at a slower pace while time and water flow in a gentle way together.
8. Magdalen Islands, Quebec
In the Gulf of Saint Lawrence the Magdalen islands form a small archipelago in the province of Quebec. This island is a tourism attraction since it has tens of kilometers of white sandy beaches along with sandstone cliffs. Other fun activities that are a magnet to tourists in this location are hiking, horse riding, skiing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, snowshoeing, kitesurfing, cycling among others. For seafood lovers this area has plenty of fresh sea food and for eco-tourism lovers during the beginning of winter month that is on February you can visit Magdalen islands and witness new-born and young harp seal pups.
Baffin Island is measuring 507, 451 km is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest in the planet.it lies between Greenland and Canadian mainland. Though located in a remote area which means the island is sparsely populated Baffin Island has a lot to offer to its visitors. Some of the things that draw visitors is this island are polar bears, its wild setting, northern lights, first ascents, kayaking in ice flows, dog sled tours among others. This region is also known for other outdoor activities such as wall climbing, ski mountaineering, traditional mountaineering among others. While at your stay here don’t forget to sample some of the local delicacies such as bowhead whale, walrus, Arctic Char, and Caribou.
Bonaventure Island is for sure one of the gems of the Gaspe Peninsula in Gulf of St. Lawrence. The island which is approximately 4km in area. In early years the island was a popular seasonal fishing port but today the area is one of the largest and most accessible sea bird sanctuary on earth with more than 290 different species of birds living in this island. Some of the birds you will find here are northern gannet, black-legged kittiwake, great black-backed gulls, razorbills, blackpoll warblers, Leach’s storm-petrels among others. The island is accessible to the public through boats and also trails but here the most visitor attraction is northern gannets since there more than 100,000 of them.
5. Queen Charlotte Islands/ Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
This is one of the unforgettable destinations for any tourist due to the serenity and cultural richness of the island. The island has more often been voted as one of the areas to take a trip to by National Geographic’s for a reason. Haida Gwaii is one of the best areas for hardy adventures, sports fanatics, families and simply anyone who want to take up his or her holiday in a serene relaxing environment and immerse up culture. Some of the recreational opportunities available in this area are fishing, surfing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, wildlife, flora, camping among others. There are other attractions such as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida village Heritage Site, ancient forests, weathered totem poles and SGang Gwaay UNESCO World Heritage Site for you to discover.
4. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
The second most populous island and also the largest island in the west coast of America; Vancouver is one of the best islands to visit. The island is 460 kilometer’s in length making it Canada’s 11th largest island and world’s 43rd largest island. Vancouver isn’t just home to B.C capital city but you will find it has one of the world’s diverse ecosystems. You will find meadows, temperate rainforests, beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers, marshes among others and this tells you the area has also a wide range of wildlife species .
When you’re in this region you will certainly watch whales, marmots, bears, birds and trout and salmon fishing. Some of the activities one can indulge in while at the island are seaside camping in the gulf islands, cycling, jogging, golfing, storm watching, caving at horne lake, alpine climbing in comox valley among others. You will also enjoy family friendly festivals such as World Championship Bathtub Races, , Nanaimo Marine Festival, Parksville Beach Festival among many others.
3. Thousand Islands, Ontario
This archipelago located at the boarder of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence constitute 1,864 islands and one of the popular islands among boaters who refer it as fresh water boating capital. This island is best for those who love and are looking for authentic outdoor vacation and sightseers. 1000 islands is one of the most beautiful places in the world since it’s an area with endless shoreline, rich history and very unique culture that will make your holiday to be unforgettable.
Some of the places and activities you can indulge yourself in these islands are world class fishing and diving, visiting maritime museums such as ( Antique Boat Museum, Thousand Islands Arts Center, Home of the Hand weaving Museum, Cape Vincent Historical Museum, Fulford Place Museum, Brockville Museum) lighthouses such as (Point Lighthouse, Rock Island Lighthouse), historic castles such as (Boldt Castle and Boldt Yacht House, Jacob Brown Mansion, Singer Castle) magnificent zoos and aquariums, visual and performing arts presentations, on water dining and many other family amusements activities.1000 islands is truly a destination for visitors to revisit the area again and again.
2. Sable Island
Its located 180 km southeast of mainland Nova Scotia in the Halifax Regional Municipality .This misty and mythical island populated by nearly 600 wild horses roaming freely is one of the islands in Canada where few privileged people have been there. If you’re planning to visit this island your visit must be scheduled in advance since it’s a protected area due to the presence of unique species of animal species and since it’s a national park today there no amenities. However the island has a lot to offer your eyes such as seals, birdlife, 18 species of sharks, fresh water ponds, and shipwrecks, among others.
1. Oak Island
It’s located in the Lunenburg County off the coast of Nova Scotia. It’s one of the best islands to visit since it offers its visitors a wide range of intriguing historical tourist fascination sites. This 140 acre piece of land according to the history was a favorite stomping grounds for pirates and hence it is believed by many that the pirates used to hide their treasure and historical artifacts here which they got from the seven seas.
Canada is a country blessed with lots of islands and hence it’s an ideal country for anyone who is searching for a place where he or she can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Numerous outdoor activities, friendly locals, rich culture, great cuisines, sandy beaches and numerous opportunities for adventure make these Canada islands ideal escapes.