11 amazing places to visit in Atlantic Canada

11 amazing places to visit in Atlantic Canada

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Bay of Fundy. Photo: Tourism New Brunswick

From coast to coast, Canada wows adventurous visitors with astounding natural scenery and fascinating cultural destinations. The Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick abound with world-class attractions. Come and see for yourself.


In my view, quite apart from the classic “world-class” list of bucket list places to visit in Atlantic Canada, there’s the feel of the Atlantic region that’s exceptional. Come for the down-home welcome. Come for the lilting accents and ready smiles.

It’s these which make any visit to these provinces compellingly unforgettable. For here in our Atlantic Canada, you’ll be welcomed like family.

Know something? When you think of it, I’ve just described a world-class welcome. So come, be a part of it, and I’ll bet that just like me you’ll long to return. Here are my top picks of the most amazing attractions in Atlantic Canada.

Newfoundland and Labrador

1-L’Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site, Newfoundland and Labrador

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978 and the first known place in the Americas to be settled by Europeans.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

2-Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

for windswept hiking and wildlife watching.

Gros Morne National Park. Photo: Gros Morne Co-operating Assoc./R. Brushett

3-Woody Point and Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne National Park, Norris Point. Photo: Gros Morne Co-operating Assoc./R. Brushett

Find out more about the wonders of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Prince Edward Island

4-Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

for its significant artistic community.

Things to do in Prince Edward Island

5-Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

one of Canada’s most-visited national parks for its stunning dunes, beaches and woodlands.

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Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

Find out more about the wonders of Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotia

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Lunenburg County. Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

6-Hooked Rug Museum of North America, Nova Scotia

A stunning collection of old and contemporary works.

hooked rug museum

7-Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site and best surviving example of a planned British colonial village in North America.

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Lunenburg County. Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism

8-Wild Barrier Islands, Nova Scotia

archipelago of 100 offshore islands which shelter a mainland’s exposed shore.

Find out more about the wonders of Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick

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Bouctouche. Photo: New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Parks

9-Stonehammer Geopark, New Brunswick

– UNESCO world heritage park with a billion years of Earth’s history.

10-Kouchibouguac National Park Dark Sky Preserve, New Brunswick

Atlantic Canada abounds with world-class wonders so come and explore – and add your own destinations to this list.

11-Bay of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

– one of Canada’s natural World Heritage wonders.

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Bay of Fundy. Photo: Tourism New Brunswick

Find out more about the wonders of New Brunswick.

Katharine Fletcher is a book author and freelance author who lives in Quebec but has a soft spot for the Canadian Maritimes.  

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11 Amazing Places To Visit In Atlantic Canada


  1. Gros Morne National Park looks absolutely amazing! It reminds me of like all them generic love scenes in movies and cartoons where the two lovers are running through and open field to each other. haha What amazing pictures all around. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. It really looks like this part of Canada is very “country” like. I am more used to that and would tend to visit a place like that compared to Toronto or any other large city.

  3. Well, it looks like Katharine Fletcher might have convinced me I need to take a trip to Canada 🙂 Thank you for giving this list of great places to visit!

  4. Hi Katharine, I think you have the great knowledge about Canada and all the places to visit in Canada. I did not see any blog/website with such great information and photographs about Canada. Keep up the good work.


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