3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

Learn about the Doukhobors in Veregin, Saskatchewan

This national historic site has some great stories to tell. In 1899 over 7400 Russian Doukhobors immigrated to Canada to take their claim of the Canadian government promise of land and religious freedom. The Doukhobors were persecuted in Russia for their beliefs. They completely rejected the secular government, the Russian Orthodox priests, icons, and all church rituals. Their pacifist beliefs led to an exodus to Canada. One of the coolest facts of all is that Leo Tolstoy, famous writer (War and Peace, Anna Karenina) was one of the main benefactors of the Doukhobors journey, along with the Society of Friends. Well worth the day trip out there, be sure to check out the cemetery and take in the museums and period-style furnished houses. Show up around lunch for free home-made Doukhobor baking.

Verigin is located 50km North East of Yorkton, and 10 km west of Kamsack. Well worth the drive

3 Reasons to Check Veregin Out:

  • Great history and stories of the Doukhobors
  • Awesome Statue of Leo Tolstoy and great view of the prairies
  • Can’t go wrong with the price ($5)

Outdoor Adventure in Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Home to surfers, hippies, eco-activists, and people just looking to let their hair down. Hands down, Tofino is the best place in Canada to surf. Tofino is a youthful town with plenty things to do, from kayak tours, whale watching tours, hiking trails, and some of great swimming beaches. It’s a great place to spend a week or two and shows just how beautiful Vancouver Island is.

3 Reasons to check it out:

  • Canada’s best surfing
  • Massive and beautiful beaches
  • Cool cafes

Hike and Camp in Glacier National Park, British Columbia

Visit during the summer or winter to experience some of the best views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are some amazing hidden hiking trails here, and three locations for camping. The Glacier National Park area is dense with lush forests, however it is prone to avalanches and the occasional rock slides. Glacier National Park is also a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife, including the mountain caribou, mountain goat, and grizzly bear. Despite the dangers, a drive or a hike through this area will take your breathe away any time of the year.

3 Reasons to check it out:

  • Great camping
  • Over 400 glaciers continue to sculpt the landscape
  • Crystal clear rivers

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  • http://www.aswetravel.com Sofia

    I didn’t know you had good surfing in Canada, that’s awesome!
    We’ve been thinking of heading over to Canada next year to go skiing, and knowing we can do both our favorite sports is even more convincing..! ;)

    • http://ibackpackcanada.com Corbin

      @Sofia – You guys should definitely make your way over to Canada. The west coast is such a beautiful area, it’s wicked easy to spend a few weeks around there, so much to do. I’m itching to get back there.

  • http://www.theplanetd.com Dave and Deb

    Yeah! Go Canada. There are so many travel secrets in Canada. The world just doesn’t know what they are missing, but then again…we really don’t want them all there do we:)

    • http://ibackpackcanada.com Corbin

      @Dave & Deb – Totes mcgoats, i’ll have to expand this someday to include a few more. I had a heckuva time picking only 3. Thanks 4 reading

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    As a fellow Canadian, I love how you picked 3 sites that many travelers to Canada could overlook.
    .-= Ayngelina´s last blog ..The 8 Weeks and Counting List =-.

    • http://ibackpackcanada.com Corbin

      @Ayngelina – Thank you kindly, I was worried I was going to be harassed over Tofino to be honest. lol, it’s by all means not a complete secret, but many people traveling to Canada overlook it.

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