Will Ferguson’s A-to-Z guide to Canada’s most whimsical summer haunts.
From A-Z, why your next vacation should be a Canadian one (no passport required).
IS FOR BATOCHE
Historic. The grasslands of Batoche, Sask., were the site of the Metis Nation’s last stand during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. The front of the church is still pocked
with bullet holes.
Canada is a large canvas, a giant patchwork quilt stretching from east to west and north to south. As a travel writer, I’ve been fortunate enough to criss-cross this country several times and have always found it to be quirky, engaging and a bit oddball. Here, then, are some of my favourite spots, from A to Z. Consider
it a road-trip primer, one to help you chart your own connect-the-dots journey across Canada.
IS FOR AVALON The folded bays of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula offer one of Canada’s finest coastal drives, from fishing coves to pirate hideaways, from the old French settlement of Placentia to the birds of St. Mary’s.
IS FOR CHICOUTIMI Gateway to the mythical “Kingdom of Saguenay” (Canada’s lost El Dorado), Chicoutimi, Que., is a working-class town with working-class charm. The maple trees of autumn set the hills on fire.
IS FOR DAWSON
Once the largest city west of Chicago, Dawson City is now an “open-air museum,” its dance-hall days of gold miners now long faded. The Yukon town is surprisingly cosmopolitan, even today.
IS FOR EVANGELINE The French-speaking Acadians of the Maritimes formed the first European colony in Canada but were exiled by war a few generations later. Their tragic tale of return and redemption is honoured at Grand Pré, N.S., with a statue of
Evangeline, Longfellow’s poetic heroine.
IS FOR FAN TAN ALLEY The narrowest commercial street in Canada! Once the realm of backroom gambling halls and opium dens, Fan Tan Alley is now an eclectic shopping venue in the heart of Chinatown in Victoria, B.C.