BEST of the WEST SERIES : TOP 6 LISTS Best Pedestrian Friendly walking towns and villages in Western and Northern Canada based on “Secret Traveler” onsite visits by CANADA eh TOURISM.
Colin & Greg Girard (the founding brothers) of CANADA eh TOURISM are proud to announce the final selections for the Top 6 Best of the West “Park & Walk” Pedestrian Friendly Downtowns. The list includes one selection from each western province and northern territory… plus one Feature Selection.
TOP 6 PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY DOWNTOWNS – BEST of the WEST SERIES
Parking is a pain when exploring some communities. We have all been there… driving around in circles looking for a parking spot in a city we do not know as we move around from one attraction to another. And, once you find a parking spot a parking meter is often begging for money every hour. Ugh!
So much time and energy wasted on parking and driving in circles when all we want to do is park and walk. It so nice when we come across a community where we only have to park once and we can spend the rest of the day walking or biking around the area visiting shops, attractions, trails, entertainment, restaurants and parks.
Here are our TOP 6 favorite “Park and Walk” Pedestrian Friendly Downtowns in Western and Northern Canada. All you need is one good all-day parking spot and some good walking shoes.
PHOTO: Inner Harbour
|FEATURED Pedestrian Friendly Downtown : Downtown Victoria, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island is situated on a horseshoe shaped harbour with a marina surrounded by a waterfront promenade walkway and attractions. Walking Highlights: Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road Seawall, Parliament Buildings, Downtown Shopping, restaurants, British Columbia Provincial Royal Museum, tours.|
PHOTO: Tonquin Beach
|Province of British Columbia : Tofino, BC, Canada is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The small village is situated on the northern tip of the Esowista Peninsula surrounded by a collection of beautiful sandy beaches and remote islands. Walking Highlights : tours, guides, attractions, shopping, restaurants, floatplanes, Tonquin Beach, MacKenzie Beach.|
PHOTO : Banff Village
|Province of Alberta : Banff Village, Alberta, Canada is located in the Banff National Park. The alpine village, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, includes a great selection of walking trails and sidewalks leading to attractions. Walking Highlights: Bow River, Vermillion Lakes, Cascade Gardens, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Bow Falls, shopping, restaurants, tours, attractions, Banff Hot Springs, guides.|
PHOTO: Meewasin Trail
|Province of Saskatchewan : The City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is located in the Meewasin Valley on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Meewasin Trail, in the valley, is a 60+ kilometre pathway popular for walking, biking and sightseeing. Walking Highlights : The Weir, riverfront parks, heritage sites, picnic day use sites, lookouts, attractions, shopping, historic sites, tours, restaurants.|
PHOTO: Robert Service Cabin
|Yukon Territories : Dawson City, Yukon Territories, Canada is within walking distance of attractions. historic rivers and heritage sites. There are walking trails, dirt roads and raised boardwalk sidewalks. Walking Highlights: Diamond Tooth Gerties, Jack London Cabin, Robert Service Cabin, S.S.Keno Paddlewheel, shopping, restaurants, guides, tours, attractions.|
PHOTO: Yellowknife from Frame Lake Trail
|Northwest Territories : Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada is located between Frame and Great Slave Lakes. Frame Lake Loop Trail and the city sidewalks connect to many highlights of the city. Walking Highlights : Frame Lake, Prince of Whales Northern Heritage Centre, Petitot Park, McNiven Beach, Bristol Air Freighter, shopping, restaurants, attractions.|