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10 Canadian towns whose names don’t do them justice

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Canada is full of lovely and interesting towns with lackluster names. Here are some of the best…er, worst.

Dwight, Ontario

Although it sounds like a character on The Office, Dwight is actually in Muskoka, on the shore of Lake of Bays. Its dock, which juts out into the lake, has a gorgeous view of faraway shores that turn to blazing colours in the fall.

Flatrock, Newfoundland

Flatrock is exactly what its name says–but it’s also much, much more. With some of the most scenic views in Newfoundland, Flatrock–population 1,500–is home to serene floating icebergs and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the largest shrine east of Montreal.

Sackville, New Brunswick

Sackville is home to Mount Allison University, which creates a vibrant culture that includes the oldest university art gallery in Canada. Surrounded by marshes, the town is also an important stopping point for migratory birds, many of which are welcomed at the Tantramar Wetlands Centre and the local waterfowl park.

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

The only thing that’s unassuming about Fort Smith, NWT is its name. Built close to a section of the Slave River called “The Rapids of the Drowned” by 19th-century fur traders, Fort Smith has a long history rooted in indigenous settlement, fur trading, and gold digging. Plus, it’s the site of the headquarters for Wood Buffalo National Park, so the scenery ain’t bad either.

Cardigan, PEI

Images of Mr. Rogers aside, Cardigan is a pretty stop on the Points East Coastal Drive Touring Region and boasts Canada’s smallest library. And no, it’s not named after the sweater–well, not exactly. It’s named after James Brudenell, the 5th Earl of Cardigan. The sweater, on the other hand, is named after James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan.

Ball’s Falls, Ontario

Yes, there is a waterfall at Ball’s Falls, plus a working 19th-century flour mill. Now a conservation area, Ball’s Falls, in the Twenty Valley in southern Ontario, also features a 19th-century church, blacksmith’s shop, lime kiln, and carriage shed.

Tiny, Ontario

Nope, it’s not small. Well, not really. The township of Tiny in Ontario is actually named after one of the pet dogs of Lady Sarah Maitland, the wife of Sir Peregrine Maitland, then lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. Her other dogs–Tay and Flos–have neighbouring townships named after them. Tiny is filled with gently rolling hills, pastoral farmland, and lovely communities.

Entrance, Alberta

It’s the entrance to Jasper National Park, Nuff said, maybe, but its (very literal) name doesn’t do justice to the incredible scenery that surrounds this unincorporated community.

Sober Island, Nova Scotia

You’d be forgiven if you thought that Sober Island was a ho-hum sort of place. In fact, it’s actually the intended future home to the Sober Island Brewing Company–a craft brewery now located in Sheet Harbour, 15 minutes away. So Sober Island may be sober for now, but it won’t be for long.

Crotch Lake, Ontario

What? It’s in between two lakes. It’s also a great place to fish, canoe, and camp. Now, get your mind out of the gutter.

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