Canada is home to iconic attractions that are known throughout the world such as Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and Banff National Park to name just a few. But did you know that it is also home to stunning places that you wouldn’t necessarily see in a guidebook?

To really get under Canada’s skin, you’ll need to get off the beaten path and discover the secret places that only the locals know about.

If you’re heading here on holiday and have already booked your cheap flights to Canada, then take a look at our infographic, which explores secret places that the locals want to keep for themselves.

Secret places

10 places locals want to keep for themselves

One that just missed out on our list

The Southern Gulf Islands

The Southern Gulf Islands are another fantastic getaway spot in British Columbia. Nestled between Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Mainland, these islands are great for outdoor adventure with some beautiful walking trails through woods and on beaches.

Located in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the Southern Gulf Islands include hundreds of islands and islets. The islands are known for their artists, wineries and their natural beauty. Boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing are all possible.

Cam & Nicole Wears, a Canadian couple who run the travel site Traveling Canucks, told us why they love the area so much: “Most visitors thinking of travelling to British Columbia, Canada, have their travels set on visiting Vancouver and/or Victoria – both amazing cities. But, if you’re in the area, we suggest you plan for at least two extra days to spend at one of the local favourite destinations, The Southern Gulf Islands.

"Travelling here will give visitors the feeling of being totally secluded and surrounded by nature. You can hike through a temperate forest and witness the morning fog hover over the tall evergreens. You can walk on along the beach, breathing in the crisp ocean breeze watching for seals as they pop their heads above water. You’ll see otters, seals, bald eagles, and if you’re lucky, you may even see a family of orcas pass by.

Two of our favourites located in the Southern Gulf Islands are Galiano Island and Pender Island. Both are less than two hours from either Vancouver or Victoria by ferry. If you chose to visit, for accommodations we recommend Galiano Inn and Spa on Pender Island, and Poet’s Cove Resort on Pender Island."

Are you inspired to head to one of these secret locations? Then why not book your flights to Canada and browse our different holidays on offer?

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