If you’re looking for an island to escape to this summer, look no further! Travel + Leisure has released the results of their World’s Best Awards 2022 survey, and three islands were named the best in Canada.
Each year, Travel + Leisure polls its readers on their thoughts on various types of travel experiences from across the world, asking them to score islands, cruises, spas, planes, destinations, and more on a variety of criteria.
T+L reports that “readers evaluated islands based on their activities and sights, natural features and beaches, gastronomy, friendliness, and overall value.”
Cape Breton Island in Canada
Cape Breton Island was named the best island in Canada for the fifth year in a row, making the Nova Scotian isle the best in the country.
Readers rated Cape Breton one of the best islands in the world, and it is “renowned for its Indigenous culture, whale-watching, legendary lobster rolls, and the 185-mile Cabot Trail, which encircles the island.”
According to T+L, the island is also widely recognized for its golf courses, particularly those found at the Cabot Cape Breton golf resort.
Prince Edward Island
Following Cape Breton comes Prince Edward Island, which has been chosen the second finest island in Canada for its “dramatic shoreline” and numerous trails.
The island is also home to Anne of Green Gables, notably the location that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel and characters, as well as beautiful beaches (some with red sand) and delectable seafood.
Vancouver Island in Canada
Finally, Vancouver Island was named Canada’s third finest island, with one T+L reader hailing it as a “lovely forested coastline island.”
On Vancouver Island, there are stunning waterfalls, lush woods, and plenty of natural beauty to see and enjoy.
You’ll also find Tofino, a surfer’s paradise that was recently named one of the best locations in the world (one of just two Canadian destinations to receive this honor), as well as Victoria, one of British Columbia’s smaller cities that was chosen the best in Canada.
It’s not the first time these three islands have been named the finest in Canada – the isles are frequently ranked as the best in the country, and were awarded the best three by Travel + Leisure in 2021.