7 Destinations In Canada With Gorgeous Blue Water & Amazing Food Just Like The Mediterranean

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7 Places In Canada That Feel Like The Mediterranean

European vacations to the Mediterranean are spectacular but there are ways to feel like you're there without the eight-hour red-eye flight across the Atlantic.

Whether you're looking for luscious blue waters, communities tucked into hillsides or great European cuisine, Canada has it all.

There are so many places to visit in the world and below you'll find a mix of locations to suit all the cultures and scenery of the Mediterranean - but the great news is, they're actually in Canada.

Victoria Harbour, British Columbia

Why You Need To Visit: You could be fooled into thinking you're walking along the harbour in Nice, France during a visit to Victoria. In the summer, when the harbour is packed with boats and people are enjoying the sunshine, there are not too many places that are better to relax, listen to the water and eat some fresh seafood caught in the waters right next to you.

Address: Victoria, B.C.

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Why You Need To Visit: With gorgeous views across Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County also has the golden beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park. The Drake Devonshire Inn is like teleporting yourself straight to the Mediterranean. Its dreamy patio nestled right on the shore means you can enjoy a cocktail before wading into the warm waters.

Address: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0

St. John's, Newfoundland

Why You Need To Visit: Is it the Amalfi Coast you see before you? No, these colourful houses built into the hills are actually in St. John's, Newfoundland - and there's an added bonus that the seafood here can compete, if not better, anywhere in the Mediterranean, too.

Address: St John's, NL

Lion's Head Provincial Park, Ontario

Why You Need To Visit: One of the many reasons people head to the Mediterranean on vacations is because the scenery around you takes your breath away. with its jaw-dropping cliffs and tropical waters, you get that same feeling at Lion's Head Provincial Park near Tobermory, Ontario.

Address: Lion's Head Provincial Park

Little Italy, Toronto, Ontario

Why You Need To Visit: It's not all sea and sand in the Mediterranean. The dozens of countries that share a land border with this glorious body of water all offer a diverse and mouthwatering selection of cuisine. However, you can't go wrong with a good pizza or pasta dish, and Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood is the perfect place to immerse yourself in authentic Italian life.

Address: Little Italy, Toronto

Osoyoos, British Columbia

Why You Need To Visit: Wineries, beaches and crystal clear waters. No, you're not in the south of France, but you are sipping on a refreshing glass of Pinot Gris. Instead, you're looking up the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia where you can enjoy a glass of fizz and convince yourself you're in the French Riviera.

Address: Osoyoos, B.C.

Peggys Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Why You Need To Visit: With its iconic lighthouse surrounded by brilliant white rocks, you can certainly see the similarities between the landscapes of the Greek Islands, such as Mykonos and Santorini. The water might not be as warm, but the views are just as spectacular. When you're done exploring, you can head back into downtown Halifax and enjoy some of the best seafood in Canada.

Address: Peggy's Cove, NS

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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