While Vancouver and Toronto tend to steal all the attention when it comes to Canada’s real estate, there are numerous small towns throughout the country where life is good and the real estate is spectacular. From a quaint seaside village on the Newfoundland coast to a gorgeous mountain town in the B.C. interior, here are some tiny towns worth considering when looking to make a move.
Located on the shore of picturesque Kootenay Lake, this town of about 10,000 offers a laid-back lifestyle with a fantastic quality of life, especially for those who love hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and other activities set in the great outdoors. With a thriving arts community and an abundance of organic food and farmers markets, the community has made huge efforts to preserve its heritage buildings, with a number of gorgeous Victorian-era homes to be found.
Mahone Bay, N.S.
There’s tiny and then there’s tiny, which is an apt description for this gorgeous town of less than 1,000 residents. Sitting on a bay that accesses more than a hundred islands, Mahone Bay, the town booms with tourists in the summer, who flock there to take in the 19th-century architecture, a callback to the town’s days as a centre of the wooden shipbuilding industry.
Dating back to its origins in the 1700s as an important fishing port, Trinity boasts a scenic harbour and a rich history. With a full-time population of less than 200, the steady stream of tourists attests to the town’s importance as a cultural and historical importance thanks to its rich history, natural beauty and beautifully preserved heritage homes.
Dawson City, Yukon
Thanks to the Gold Rush of 1898, Dawson City experienced a boom that saw it, at one point, the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Winnipeg. Today, the population is significantly reduced – about 3,000 – but remains a tourist favourite thanks to its meticulously preserved heritage buildings and historical sites.
This charming Ontario town with a population of about 5,000 hosts an array of summertime festivals and remains a popular destination with tourists who engage in walking tours to take in the town’s historic limestone buildings and carefully preserved heritage homes.
Home to the annual Summerside Lobster Carnival, the word “picturesque” doesn’t even begin to describe this stunning seaside town in Prince Edward Island and its quaint harbourfront town of 15,000.
Loaded with heritage charm and such tourist attractions as the Jardins Secrets de L’arc-en-ciel gardens the stunning Manoir Seigneurial Fraser – a sprawling 19th-century estate – this delightful town in rural Quebec is home to about 20,000.
Nicknamed the “Paris of the Prairies” this historic Saskatchewan town with a population of just over 1,000 boasts some surprising European-inspired architecture thanks to its Francophone roots and rich cultural heritage.
First populated by Icelandic settlers in the late 1800s, this charming lakefront town of about 200 permanent residents retains strong ties to its Icelandic roots, with some stunning heritage architecture and vintage homes to be found.
Natural beauty abounds in this town of about 4,600, located within Alberta’s stunning Jasper National Park. Boasting a laid-back vibe and an array of outdoor activities, Jasper’s alpine-inspired architecture is as quaint as it gets – and you may even spot the occasional caribou wandering through the streets!
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