Will Fer­gu­son’s A-to-Z guide to Canada’s most whim­si­cal sum­mer haunts.

ELLE (Canada) - - StoryBoard - By Will Fer­gu­son

From A-Z, why your next va­ca­tion should be a Cana­dian one (no pass­port re­quired).


Haunt­ing. Poignant.

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.


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.

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