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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Laurentian Mountains, The Ward’s and Algonquin
British Columbia
The vast Cariboo Chilcotin region stretches 375 miles from Alberta to the Pacific Ocean. To the east, the rolling Cariboo Mountains, where towns such as 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House and 150 Mile House follow the Gold Rush Trail, Williams Lake – BC’s stampede capital – blends history and frontier flair, and the museum in Quesnel is home to ‘Mandy’, the haunted doll. Chilcotin follows the Fraser River Valley and reveals a land of beautiful rivers, hoodoos, jagged mountains and deep lakes such as Anahim, Nimpo and Chilko. At its western coastal fringes lies magnificent Great Bear Rainforest, the largest of its kind in the world.
Ever since North America’s first ski lift was built here in 1931, the Laurentians have been Montreal's year-round holiday playground. About a 11⁄2 hour drive from Quebec City –
4 hours from Montreal – the landscape ranges from rounded mountaintops to soft, rolling hills boasting more than 9,000 freshwater lakes and a host of Alpine-like small towns. In the winter, skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling can all be found at Mont Tremblant, whilst in the summer months, the regions offers activities such as rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, and golf.
Islands, Toronto Harbour
Just a 10-minute ferry ride and a world away from the hubbub of Toronto’s city life is the boho oasis of Ward’s and Algonquin Islands, lying on the Toronto Islands archipelago cut off from the mainland during a violent storm in 1858. The communities of 262 quirky cottages on tidy, tree-lined lanes date back to the days of the confederation in 1867, when leading Toronto families summered here. There were no cars then and still none allowed today and even now, only owners’ children and spouses can inherit the family properties.

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