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The laughing statues located by English Bay at Morton Park are part of the Vancouver Biennale.. Titled “A-maze-ing Laughter” by artist Yue Minjun they have brought exactly that to the visitors they attract on a daily basis. Unlike the other pieces of art in this city, this piece has been very well received and on any given day you will often see people hanging from them or laughing with them (at them?) while posing for a photo or two...More
Built in 1876, the Saint John City Market is the oldest continuing farmer's market in Canada. The Market forms the historic centerpiece of a revitalized city centre as it lies adjacent to the main street of the urban core area and abuts the City’s most prominent public square, “King’s Square”. The unique architectural design of the building reveals an exterior façade reflective of the Victorian era in which it was built, while the interior space of the Market resembles the hull of a ship. The design was an intentional nod to the City’s economic and cultural heritage, as the City was an active ship building port city in the 19th Century...More
Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the Province of Nova Scotia that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English...More
This famous intersection is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's about 150 years old, and was originally an old Red River ox cart trail. It's about 15-16 kms long...More
There are three main beaches in the small village of Port Hood, each with its own charm, all with unique beauty and are within reasonable walking distance to each other...More
The 10 Street/Kensington Business Revitalization Zone serves the neighbourhoods of Sunnyside and Hillhurst. Sunnyside was established in the 1880's, while Hillhurst was established in 1914. This area is roughly 100 years old and there are approximately 10,000 people living in the combined neighbourhoods (Hillhurst/Sunnyside). The BRZ is a mix of various commercial shops, restaurants and new mixed use and multi-residential while surrounded by the mostly low density residential areas of Hillhurst and Sunnyside...More
King Street runs parallel to Queen Street in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. King Street is urban and features an abundance of local tailors and merchants, government offices, international organizations and a range of restaurants...More
The Seawall is a walkway along the waterfront in downtown Nanaimo...More
The International Summer Night Market (iSNM) is a multicultural outdoor market and festival. It's voted Top 4 in the world by BBC Travel & Travel & Leisure Magazine as well as Top 10 Hidden Gems of BC by Huffington Post...More
The Plain of Six Glaciers is quite simply, an inspiring space. It is an easy–to moderate hike from Lake Louise, AB to the Tea House and the views are incredible. The trail follows Lake Louise along the shoreline and then elevates upward through tall spires of green conifers to where it breaks out above the tree-line. Here you will see the beginnings of glaciers that almost appear within touch. Further on, you will get up close and personal with them. Along the way, there are other side routes that will take you to small mountain lakes...More
Emery Barnes Park, located in Downtown South and just a few blocks from North False Creek, is a pocket neighbourhood park amidst the number of mixed-use and residential towers of the Downtown Peninsula...More
A gem in the heart of Truro, Victoria Park is a natural woodland park of roughly 400 acres in the centre of town. Lepper Brook, with its two sets of waterfalls, flows through a steep tree covered rocky gorge. Several walking trails follow along the brook allowing a close view of this unique setting. The first set of falls is named after the distinguished Joseph Howe who admired them during a visit in 1830. The next are the Waddell Falls, named after Susan Waddell Stevens, who donated the first land in 1888 containing the falls and gorge, thus beginning this park for the enjoyment of Truro citizens...More
Saint Catherine Street is the primary commercial artery of Downtown Montreal It crosses the central business district from west to east, beginning at the corner of Claremont Avenue and de Maisonneuve Boulevard in the city of Westmount and ending on Notre-Dame Street just east of Viau Street...More
Lachine was one of the first three parishes on the island of Montréal. It was the first parish built above the Lachine Rapids, and the 15th built in Nouvelle-France. For many years, it was a bridge between Montréal, the Great Lakes and the North American interior. This history shaped the borough’s genealogy and heritage.
Lachine’s history begins in 1534, when King Francis I sent Jacques Cartier to find a sea route leading to Asia. The captain was sure that the “great Canadian river” would take him there, but the Sault Saint Louis rapids presented a major obstacle. A stopping point was needed for unloading, storing and transporting goods, so permanent posts were established above and below the rapids: Montreal in 1642 and Lachine, 25 years later, in 1667...More
Malahat Drive/Viewpoint rise from sea-level in The Capitol-Region of Victoria B.C. to almost 1500 ft. above sea-level at the summit. From the viewpoint one can see not only the southern-tip of Vancouver Island, but across to Vancouver and environs. On a clear day, one can see majestic Mt. Baker, which is an dormant volcano in North-western Washington State...The Malahat Drive is currently being up-graded to ensure safe road-conditions for all-seasons...It is a MUST see for all heading up-Island or travelling down to Victori...More
Ministers Island lies just off-shore from Saint Andrews New Brunswick and has the distinction of being a part-time island, connected as it is by a gravel bar of approximately one-half kilometre in length which is exposed during the low tide cycle. Its chief claim to fame, other than having served as a First Nations encampment and the site of a pre-Loyalist-era farm, is as the summer home of Sir William Van Horne, the driving force behind the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. His great house and barn are still there along with a number of smaller buildings. Ministers Island is the last significant site connected with Sir William in Canada...More
Nestled in the heart of East Arm, Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife North West Territories, the Blanchett Islands are an escape to the traditional ways of the north. Leave the glowing town of Yellowknife for a three hour boat ride on the glistening waters of Great Slave Lake. And then arrive at paradise.... The Beautiful Blanchett Islands. The best family vacation, where the sunsets are so unforgettable they can't be described in words, where the northern lights dance in an amazing colourful show (even in the summer!) Where the fishing is amazing and wildlife is everywhere you look, from eagles, to bears, to squirrels, these islands have it all. Great camping sites for families, where swimming, hiking and playing are always available. The delicious wild strawberries, raspberries, goose berries and cranberries that you picked, are always a sweet treat. Eat fresh fish and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 8th deepest lake in the world, Great Slave Lake. Right here in our home, Yellowknife, truly the best place in Canada, or maybe even the world...More
Fraser River Heritage Park is located in Mission B.C. on the former grounds of St. Mary's Mission and Residential School, which was established back in 1861, and ultimately gave our town its name. In 1974 the Mission property was sold back to the Government of BC and sat vacant for years while many uses were debated. High density housing was decided upon in the 1980's, which was quickly opposed by the Mission Heritage Association and eventually culminated in the establishment of a heritage park in 1985...More
Beacon Avenue in Sidney is an ideal place for shopping. The pedestrian-friendly street has a variety of retail shops, antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, book stores and more. One-hour street parking on Beacon Avenue is free. Every Thursday night, the street is closed to vehicles for a family-friendly Street Market...More
The White Rock pier, I believe, is the longest public pier in Canada. It is certainly the longest on the West Coast of North America...More
50 Avenue is the Main Street is Lacombe, welcoming residents and visitors into this charming community and showcasing an intact Edwardian streetscape. 50 Avenue runs the entire width of the City, ushering people through beautiful historic residential homes, a lovely urban park and a gorgeous Edwardian commercial centre...More
The Meewasin Valley in Saskatoon is a great connector place. The trail network runs adjacent to the river and there are many picturesque locations on both sides of the South Saskatchewan River...More
Civic Square is an outdoor plaza centrally located in downtown Kitchener constructed principally with granite. It continues to be one of the main hubs of activity in downtown Kitchener...More
This is a rural destination located just north of Waterloo, Ontario mainly known as King Street. It is a population of approximately 4000 Old Order Mennonites which is mainly composed of a farming community...More
Keswick Ridge, population approximately fifteen hundred is located twenty kilometres from Fredericton (New Brunswick's capital city). A small beautiful, rural community in York County, Keswick Ridge is on Route 616. Tracing its roots to Loyalists from Massachusetts, the area is close to Saint John River, Mactaquac Head Pond and Keswick River...More
Kootenay Lake is a 100km water system which is home to many quaint and charming communities including Nelson, Balfour, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kaslo and Meadow Creek. These communities have earned a solid reputation for their spectacular waterfront views and delicious mountain scenery. Kootenay Lake, meanwhile, draws thousands of tourists each year for its spectacular landscapes and vast array of water sports and recreational activities.
Kootenay Lake is part of the traditional territory of the native Sinixt and Ktunaxa people who used it as part of their seasonal migration and trading routes. However, mining landed the surrounding communities on the map in the late 1800s and the area has maintained its historic charm with hundreds of heritage buildings standing as a major attraction for tourists today.
The region's eclectic culture and arts scene also draws visitors from near and far, not to mention a vast array of outdoor activities, shopping and dining options to suit all tastes...More
Greenwich Prince Edward Island is located in the St. Peters area which is about 60 kilometers from Charlottetown. It is a provincial park. It consists of woodland trails, a variety of bird species, rare plants, marshes, dunes and a floating boardwalk that leads you to the ocean...More
This Station was built in 1900 out of local granite by men in the town and designed by architect Edward Maxwell. During WW2 it was a hub for Hundreds of trains’ carrying soldiers heading to Halifax. Several well know people including Winston Churchill, Barbara Ann Scott and Marilyn Monroe all stopped at McAdam Station. It is not well known by the rest of Canada but it is a historic Canadian site and makes a great day trip for many people from NB Maine and Quebec...More
Located in the Okanagan wine country of central British Columbia, Kalamalka Lake is a cool reprieve from the arid, semi-desert terrain surrounding the communities of Lake Country, Vernon, and Coldstream. Lovingly known by locals and visitors alike as “Kal Lake,” her distinctive rocky edge, aqua blue colour, and orchard lined shores uniquely set it apart from anything else in Canada. Named after a Polynesian prince who once visited the region, Kal Lake is sensitively flanked by natural areas, fishing spots, cottages and resorts, as well as popular beaches – while her crystal clean waters continue to provide a lifeline for thirsty residents in the area. Congregating at Kalamalka Lake to water ski, cliff jump, enjoy the bountiful local produce, or simply bronze oneself in the warm Okanagan sunshine, has long been a rite of passage for young and old alike. As Kal Lake’s distinct mineral rich waters change from cyan to indigo, her many bays and coves continue to provide opportunities to quietly converge, or actively recreate in various trail running, biking, or stand up paddleboard activities...More
Old South/ Wortley Village
Mary Lake and the Port Sydney Beach are situated in Muskoka and represent the best example of the "Muskoka lake experience", especially given the small village attributes of Port Sydney and its public beach. The beach is an active social environment and affords a stunning panorama of the lake and its cliff-faced islands. The area has been settled since the mid 1800's and contains many historic structures that contribute to the distinct character of the lake.
Its five key components are: the beachfront and wharf, heritage homes facing the public beach, the eight islands in the lake (totaling 3.6 km in circumference/shoreline), the consistent forested ridgeline surrounding the lake, the prominent rock faces and the body of water itself (surface area of 1061 hectares).
A notable characteristic is that the tree line is located above or behind the barren rock faces around the lake.
The Port Sydney beach is in very close proximity to the road, yet enjoys a sense of spatial separation due to the slope from the road to the beach. By virtue of this proximity and change in elevation, passers-by on the road experience an excellent view of the activity on the beach, which serves to entice drivers to stop and join in the activities. The road is a single two-lane roadway through the village and serves as a public promenade...More
Riverside Park is a park on Woolwich Street that is good for kids and walking...More
Nestled in the centre of Vancouver, Granville Island is a gathering spot for both locals and tourists that draws 10 million visits each year...More
Centennial way is a waterfront walkway that runs from 1st Street to 13th Street along Beach Avenue in downtown Peachland. It was a keystone project for Peachland's 100 year anniversary in 2009 and has become a cherished amenity for residents and tourists to the area...More
The South Dyke trail is in Steveston, near Steveston Village (Richmond, BC). As you can see from the picture it is peaceful and provides beautiful scenery...More
Old Strathcona emerged as town in 1899 and as an independent municipality in 1907. The City of Strathcona amalgamated with the City of Edmonton in 1912. The neighbourhood is framed by the North Saskatchewan River Valley on its north edge, Mill Creek on the east, Whyte Avenue on the south and the University of Alberta to the west. It is a neighbourhood that embodies the best of Edmonton's history, culture, spirit and community...More
The Red Deer Public market is located downtown Red Deer; it takes place in front of the Red Deer Arena at the corner of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue every Saturday morning during the spring thru to fall...More
Courthouse Square is the heart of the town of Goderich and has always left a favorable impression on those who have visited. While termed a square, the street is actually a unique, one-way octagon. It circles the county courthouse which resides in a large, beautiful park. Since Goderich was founded almost 200 years ago, tourists and residents alike have flocked to its quaint shops and tree-shrouded park by day, then stayed to view the most beautiful sunset on Ontario’s west coast, take in an outdoor movie or listen to a local band in the gazebo by night. For many years, largely in part to this picturesque square, “Canada’s Prettiest Town” has won accolades at the International Communities in Bloom...More
Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach unit, is located on Vancouver Island in BC, between Ucluelet and Tofino. The park was established in 1970. The walkways and trails of the park allow visitors to enjoy bog, rainforest, forest fringe, as well as the ten miles of sandy beach. The Wickaninnish Centre is a museum and a restaurant that is a must see if you are visiting the park...More
Muskoseepi is a Cree word meaning Bear Creek. The concept for Muskoseepi Park was created in 1980 when the provincial Government of Alberta announced the availability of funding through the Heritage Trust Fund for the development of urban parks in Grande Prairie. Muskoseepi Park then opened to the public on July 6th, 1986...More
Parlee Beach Provincial Park is home to one of Canada's finest beaches. It is located in Pointe-du-Chene New Brunswick. This park boasts the warmest salt-water in Canada...More
River landing is located near the center of the city of Saskatoon. It is outdoors. In 1978, a report by renowned architect Raymond Moriyama presented a plan that provided a balance of conservation and development for the South Saskatchewan River as it travels through both Saskatoon and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park. The plan included a “South Downtown Concept” which promoted the development of the riverbank from the Broadway Bridge to Victoria Park as well as the Gathercole site, which was owned and occupied by the Saskatoon Public School Board. River landing occupies a large area with many bridges and is situated in the downtown area...More
It is an outdoor space in Port Coquitlam B.C. It's at the top of the hill and was developed about 20 years ago...More
Lynn Valley is a neighbourhood of North Vancouver, British Columbia. Located at the northern edge of Metro Vancouver, it is nestled between the forested slopes of Mount Fromme and Mount Seymour. Lynn Valley is named after British Royal Engineer John Linn (Royal Engineer), who settled in the area after 1869...More
The High Level Bridge serves as a great public place, transportation corridor, stunning vista, and link to the past. The riveted-steel bridge was constructed 100 years ago as a link from Edmonton to the town of Strathcona, and remains the city's only level crossing, handily spanning the mighty divide of the North Saskatchewan River from nearly 300 feet above. This imposing span was designed from the onset to accommodate pedestrians, streetcars, rail, and motor traffic, and is in my mind Edmonton’s greatest place.
It is a prime example of function over form, with a lack of adornment that is unusual for prominent structures of this era across Canada. In this starkness, however, lies the charm of the High Level Bridge. The name itself speaks volumes to the way in which residents relate to the structure; it has almost no name, but is incredibly distinctive in the urban environment. In a way it is a reflection of Edmonton's approach to city building over the years, a massive undertaking with little to no pomp...More
Kitsilano (Kits) is named for a former Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano, and is located on the south side of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. It has been inhabited since the 1880's if not before, and today, is home to a diverse ethnic population along with families, singles and seniors, all who take great pride in their neighbourhood...More
This lake is a manmade lake that fills every year. The water is crisp and clean. It is a river that is dammed in the States that creates this amazing lake for us to enjoy every year. It got its name from being in the Kooteneys (or part of the Kooteney river), being partially in Canada and the United States. KOO CAN US...More
Steveston is a historic fishing village off the coast of Richmond, BC...More
This outdoor plaza is located in the heart of downtown Yellowknife on the shore of Frame Lake. It's located on the former grounds of the Gerry Murphy Arena which was torn down in 2005...More
With a central location, mountain views and lakefront amenities Bernard Avenue is downtown Kelowna's main street. It has more than 140 stores, heritage brick buildings and a variety of retail space offering an array of restaurants, cafes, fast food, entertainment and both personal and professional services...More