5) Baie Saint Paul, Quebec
Nicknamed an “artist’s paradise” due to its scenic beauty, the town of Baie Saint Paul is charmingly picturesque. Located in a valley where the mountains meet the Saint Lawrence River, its location provides visitors with a taste of everything Canada is famous for. The vibe in this artsy town is particular; many of the centuries-old buildings are still standing and in use as fine-dining restaurant or accommodations. A stroll down the main drag will uncover artists’ studios, galleries, and quirky restaurants. With all the creativity in the air, it’s no surprise this town was the birthplace of the original Cirque du Soleil! Île aux Coudres, the tranquil island lying just off the coast of Baie Saint Paul, provides gorgeous views as well as the opportunity for an adventurous day trip. However, staying put, indulging in excellent food and wine, and soaking up the boho-friendly vibes is a perfectly acceptable pastime.
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