Not that you’re running out of reasons to brag about our beautiful country or anything, but we though we’d blow your mind with even more.
These picturesque, remote Canadian islands might be a bit of a hassle to visit, but we can promise that they’re hands-down worth the effort (and the money, too). Whether you’re interested in a simple day trip or an elaborate, activity-filled adventure, these hidden gems will more than satisfy your inner explorer.
10 remote Canadian islands that are totally worth the trek
FLOWERPOT ISLAND, ONTARIONamed for its unique eroding rock structures resembling flowerpots, this island offers hiking trails, beaches, cave exploration and photo-worthy sights for day-tripping visitors or overnight campers.
Approx. 1h jet boat or glass-bottomed boat ride from Tobermory, Ont., avg. $36/ppFlickr/Florin_M_
SABLE ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIASand dunes, hundreds of free-roaming horses and the world's largest colony of grey seals highlight this extremely remote island. Special permission from Parks Canada is required to visit and it sure ain't cheap--but we'll be damned if it isn't at the top of our bucket list.
Approx. 1.5h charter flight from Enfield, N.S., avg. $6,000/pp or boat cruise (9-day expedition) from St. John's, N.L., avg. $9,500/ppFlickr/Jeff Goldberg
PELEE ISLAND, ONTARIOSituated on Lake Erie, Pelee Island is rich in culture and ecological sites that are completely unique to the location. Visit Canada's oldest estate winery or hike/bike the island's incredible nature trails.
Approx. 1.5h ferry ride from Leamington, Ont., avg. $15/ppFlickr/Herman Giethoorn
HAIDA GWAII, BRITISH COLUMBIAMeaning “Islands of the Haida people," this archipelago consists of two main islands and about 150 smaller islands. The rich geological and cultural history of the Haida indigenous people make visiting the islands a spiritually-satisfying adventure.
Approx. 2h commercial flight from Vancouver, B.C., avg. $800/pp or approx. 8h ferry ride from Prince Rupert, B.C., avg. $90/ppFlickr/Garry9600
WOLFE ISLAND, ONTARIOThe largest of the Thousand Islands, Wolfe Island is known for its bird watching, rare coastal ecology and breathtaking sunsets. Bike one of its many trails or stop by the epic corn maze for some outdoor fun.
Approx. 20 min ferry ride from Kingston, Ont., FREE/ppFlickr/Ashley Klein
FOGO ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADORModern architecture and quaint, old-world charm make the newly incorporated Town of Fogo Island a completely original place to visit. Explore the scenic views on various walking trails or check out the local art scene at one of their many galleries and museums.
Approx. 1h ferry ride from Farewell, N.L., avg. $6/ppFlickr/Sally
BONAVENTURE ISLAND, QUEBECCome for the majestic Percé Rock and stay to see the largest colony of Northern Gannets in the world–a bird lover's paradise. The natural and cultural heritage of 'Île Bonaventure' will thrill even the most experienced adventure seekers.
Approx. 1 min drive from Percé, Que. in your own vehicle or approx. 1h boat ride (and tour) from Percé, Que., avg. $30/ppFlickr/Bob Betts
BAFFIN ISLAND, NUNAVUTFeaturing a wild and arctic landscape and home to the Inuit, Baffin Island holds the title of Canada's largest island. Experience incredible views of the Northern Lights, savour traditional foods or take part in a thrilling arctic sledding excursion.
Approx. 10h (typically no direct flights) commercial flight from Baker Lake, Nunavut, avg. $3,500/ppFlickr/Artur Stanisz
SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C.From water sports and open-air markets to whale watching, Salt Spring Island offers year-round outdoor entertainment for visitors of all ages. Bonus: the sights on the way to the island are as magnificent as the location itself.
Approx. 35 min ferry ride from Vancouver Island, B.C., avg. $13/pp or approx. 35 min seaplane flight from Vancouver, B.C., avg. $270/ppFlickr/Joshua Dool
MAGDALEN ISLANDS, QUEBECEach with their own unique character and charm, the 'Îles de la Madeleine' will not disappoint. Quaint fishing villages, picturesque beaches and rich, local culture make up this small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. A guided tour is the best way to experience each of the eight islands.
Approx. 5h ferry ride from Souris, P.E.I., avg. $100/pp or approx. 24h coach bus ride from Quebec City, Quebec, avg. $400/pp or approx. 45min commercial flight from Gaspé, Quebec, avg. $1,100/ppFlickr/Monique Laguë