In honor of Canada's 150th anniversary celebration this summer, 10Best Readers' Choice is heading north of the border in search of the best travel experiences – the top destinations, attractions, national parks, scenic drives and cottage regions in Canada.
We teamed up with a panel of Canadian travel writers to select 20 nominees in each category, then turned it over to our readers who have been voting daily for their favorites for the past four weeks. The polls are closed and the results are in!
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Destination in Canada: St. Andrews, N.B.
Our readers chose St. Andrews as their favorite Canadian destination — Photo courtesy of iStock / Jupiterimages
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, a National Historic District in New Brunswick, ranks among North America's prettiest and most affluent resort towns. The town comprises 550 buildings, and more than 280 of them were built before 1880. The picturesque community serves as a base for exploring the nearby Bay of Fundy.
Best Attraction in Canada: Old Quebec
European-like Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Photo courtesy of Asymetric/Finn O'Hara
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Quebec feels very European. A funicular links the high and low parts of the historic district, where horse-drawn carriages clop down cobbled streets and 400-year-old buildings now house museums, galleries and cafes.
Best National Park in Canada: Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This winning national park is known for its stellar sea and mountain views — Photo courtesy of Parks Canada
Mountains meet the sea at Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the iconic Cabot Trail coastline of Nova Scotia. The mix of boreal, Acadian and taiga habitats within the park have yielded an astounding diversity of plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. It's one of the few places on the planet where travelers can spot a moose and a minke whale in the same day.
Best Scenic Drive in Canada: The Cabot Trail
The Cabot Trail unlocks the beauty and culture of the Cape Breton Highlands — Photo courtesy of iStock / lightphoto
Looping the northern tip of Cape Breton Island for 185 miles, The Cabot Trail attracts visitors from around the globe to take in the splendor of the Cape Breton Highlands, complete with coastal views and a mix of Celtic and Acadian culture.
Best Cottage Region in Canada: Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Lake of the Woods has more miles of shoreline than Lake Superior — Photo courtesy of iStock / mark_lipson
Cottaging on Lake of the Woods means ample opportunity for recreational activity, including fishing, boating and wildlife watching. The 1,700-square-mile lake includes some 14,500 islands and a grand total of 65,000 miles of shoreline – more than Lake Superior.
Congratulations to all of our winners!