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Nice Small towns in Canada

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What are some interesting small towns in Ontario and Quebec to visit?

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    As per Going to Town; architectural walking tours of ten Ontario town... written by Katherine Ashenberg with 300 photos by me.

    Goderich, St. Marys, Stratford, and Paris.

    Niagara on the Lake

    Port Hope and Cobourg, and then Picton.

    Merrickville and Smiths Falls.

    Allthe towns are small enough that you can park your car once or twice, and wander through all the interesting parts.

    You may find the book in some of the small town book stores, but it's out of print and not in major stores anymore.

    If I had a foreign visitor, and only time for a couple of towns, Picton, Niagara on the Lake andStratford would be my choices.

    More touristy than the othrs.


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    I enjoy visiting the towns listed by BAK. Both Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake also have famous live theatre spring through fall. Both have many shops and restaurants. Stratford is home to a highly-regarded Chef's School and a number of the restaurants are owned by instructors/graduates. The village of St. Jacobs is maybe 45 minutes from Stratford - on a river bordering Ontario's Mennonite farm region (horse and buggies are commonly seen), the main street buildings and former Mills have been converted into small shops and cafes. Niagara-on-the-Lake is situated in Ontario's wine country, also home to many high quality restaurants. A visit here would allow you to see nearby Niagara Falls should that be of interest. Jordan, not far away, is a small quaint village and home to one of the area's wineries and top restaurants.

    Merrickville is relatively close to Ottawa if you happen to be visiting that city. Also accessible from Ottawa is the small village of Wakefield Quebec with its covered bridge and several shops/cafes, which can be reached by a scenic drive through Gatineau Park.

    Back in Ontario - for scenery, the Thousand Islands (of the St. Lawrence River) towns of Gananoque and Kingston may be of interest. Further off the beaten track are the villages of Tobermory (a scuba diving hot spot, adjacent to spectacular Bruce Peninsula National Park), and Killarney (bordering the very scenic Killarney Provincial Park).

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