We frequently discuss the prosperity of our beloved British Columbia and Ontario, but what about the east coast? The east coast of Canada is rich in history that tells the tale of Canada, so there are plenty of fantastic locations to explore while you’re there. The provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia are frequently lumped together as one, but each has its distinct history. Here are 7 Must-See Places on Canada’s East Coast.
Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick – East Coast of Canada
The Hopewell Rocks are one of Canada’s most iconic locations on the east coast. The park is open from mid-May to mid-October and includes primarily self-guided walking routes with park officials on hand to answer any queries you may have. If a stroll down the beach is too slow for you, there are also guided kayak tours where you can get up and personal with the world’s highest tide. After seeing the sandstone arches etched into the cliff face, you’ll have a new appreciation for mother nature’s strength.
Green Gables, Cavendish, P.E.I.
This is the setting for L.M. Montgomery’s famous novel, Anne of Green Gables, about the adventures of a freckled, red-haired young girl. The Victorian mansion, now a protected cultural site in Canada, acts as a museum and illustrates the area’s history. A visit to Green Gables will bring the story to life for anyone, young or old, who has read the novel. A wonderful stop for young families.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – East Coast of Canada
This is for all you history nerds in Canada. The city’s motto, “Cunabula Foederis,” means “birthplace of confederation,” which underlines the significance of the island town. The city, which is relatively near to the island’s center, provides an excellent starting point for touring the rest of P.E.I.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
The park, located on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, has some of the most stunning vistas in Canada. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest in Atlantic Canada, covering 1, 805 km2. About 20 marked day hikes explore the shoreline and the park’s interior. Along the trip, you can expect to encounter moose, caribou, black bears, beavers, and harbor seals, among other things.
Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia – East Coast of Canada
Pier 21, located in Halifax Harbour, served as a gateway to Canada for over one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971 and a departure point for over 500,000 Canadian troops during WWII. The pier is now a National Historic Site and home to Atlantic Canada’s sole National Museum. Along with all of the history, the beachfront hosts an unlimited variety of stores, restaurants, and events throughout the year. One of the largest is the “Tall Ships” exhibition. While you’re there, you may also visit the Titanic Museum.
Saint Pierre et Miquelon, France
Yes, a tiny cluster of islands barely 25 kilometers off the coast of Newfoundland belongs to France. On the island, there is unique heritage sites and museums that depict the islands’ rich past. Which is an excellent opportunity to connect with our country’s earliest European inhabitants. There are also whale-watching cruises and festivals for those who enjoy seafood. If you are a Canadian entering the territory directly from Canada, you do not need to have a passport or a visa for a stay of fewer than three months.
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Yes, we realize this is the ultimate tourist attraction on the east coast, but it’s well worth it. Everyone should put the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse on their bucket list. The rustic seaside community offers picturesque excursions and superb restaurant options while providing an insight into what life is like in a fishing town.
What are some of the must-see places on Canada’s east coast for people who have visited?