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4 reasons why Atlantic Canada is meant for you

Atlantic Canada Sites to See, Places to Visit

Atlantic Canada isn’t just known for its abundance of fresh lobster and seafood, but rather for its remarkable and unique beauty. When planning your next vacation, check out these four hidden gems in Atlantic Canada and be prepared to be amazed.

This year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, and IHG created a country-wide contest to find the Top 150 Hidden Gems throughout Atlantic Canada and the entire country. From coast to coast, Canadians shared their favorite travel spots to inspire getaways for travelers all over the world. Here are a few from Atlantic Canada:


Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

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131 Discovery Rd, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

Located in New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks is a peaceful place to hit pause and reflect on the beauty of the country we live in. With stunning views of the water, you’ll be sure to feel relaxed when making a trip down to this hidden gem.

Hopewell Rocks is also known for producing the highest tides in the world. The best part about this is that these tides occur twice a day…every day.


Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Blackhead Road, Cape Spear, St. John’s, NL

A trip to Newfoundland is incomplete without seeing the Cape Spear Lighthouse. Constructed in 1936, this historic site has helped thousands of mariners return home safely while out on the water.You’ll experience crashing waves, feeding whales and beautiful icebergs.

As you make your way to this hidden gem, make sure to step inside the lighthouse and discover how a 19th century lighthouse keeper lived their life.


The Heart-Shaped Pond, Nova Scotia

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40 Kent Ave. Halifax, Nova Scotia

Calling all honeymooners and newly engaged couples – are you looking for the perfect place for a romantic walk in the park? Look no further – the heart-shaped pond, built in 1780 by Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth, is located in the Hemlock Ravine, right off the Bedford Highway.

Prince Edward re-shaped this hidden gem into a heart to commemorate the 27 years Prince Edward spent with his mistress Julie St. Laurent.

Be sure to explore this historic site with your loved ones next time you make your way to Nova Scotia.


Point Prim, Prince Edward Island

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PEI isn’t just known for Anne of Green Gables, a popular folk story character, but also for its secret hidden gems and breathtaking views of the land.

Point Prim is bordered by the sea on all sides and is home to the Polly Cemetery, which was named after the ship that brought the first Scottish settlers to the Island. Those settlers who lost their lives are now resting there peacefully.

Point Prim Lighthouse is the Island’s oldest lighthouse and the ONLY circular brick lighthouse in Canada. It’s located on the outer-tip of the peninsula.

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