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 Past Small Town Profiles

Blyth, Ontario

Blyth is a beautiful community located in North Huron, in Huron County, Ontario Canada.

Home to families of all ages and stages, Blyth is a great place to live and work! Local businesses include bakeries, cafes, and restaurants, theatre, hotels, bed and breakfasts.

Throughout the scenic village you will find a unique and diverse assortment of artistic and gift shops. Stroll down the beautiful Queen Street of Blyth and feel the history and heart of the town of Blyth.

Visit the Town of Blyth here...

Bonnyville, Alberta

The Town of Bonnyville is located in north eastern Alberta, approximately 240 kilometres (150 miles) from the provincial capital of Edmonton (home to West Edmonton Mall). The Town's motto - "it's Multi-Natural" - refers to the town's celebration of its diverse cultural heritage and rich natural resources. A major service centre for the area, the Town of Bonnyville serves the more than 10,000 people who live within 10 kilometres of the town. It not only has lots to offer the tourist seeking a natural vacation, but also a business seeking to expand into the area.

Surrounded by lakes and majestic boreal forest, Bonnyville is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Birdwatchers flock to Bonnyville's Jessie Lake every spring to spot the nearly 200 bird species that use the lake as a stopping ground on their migration route.

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Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador - Icebergs and Whales

Twillingate embodies everything so many Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunning coastline, historical, picturesque streets, culturally-rich entertainment and peaceful country roads.

In the waters off the coast, you’ll spy whales, dolphins, harp seals, seabirds and — if the season’s right — icebergs. Twillingate is located alongside Iceberg Alley, a vast corridor of ocean that runs from Greenland. One of the best places to view all these sights is at Long Point Lighthouse, which overlooks the distant reaches of Notre Dame Bay.

Twillingate is a community made up of two islands joined by a bridge – the North and South Twillingate Islands, located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Visitors flock to Twillingate to explore its fishing heritage, and discover the mighty icebergs and whales that gather in its waters. Twillingate is fast becoming a popular tourist destination for people from all corners of the globe. For the photographer or rock-hound, it is a paradise; and for those just wanting a chance to get away from it all, just relax and enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the people. Visit Twillingate here...

Carrot River, Saskatchewan

Carrot River is located on the Canadian National Railway. It is the only Town in the Rural Municipality of Moose Range #486, creating a community of 2,400 residents. Carrot River features continuous economic growth, typical of an emerging agricultural/industry community. The restructuring of the rail line infrastructure combined with the multi-million-dollar investments in Carrot River in the 1990’s by a number of grain companies and private enterprises have positioned Carrot River for a strong and stable future into the 21st century.

A further study of this profile or better still, a visit to Carrot River, will help you to understand the pride of our history and the promise of our future. Carrot River boasts small Town hospitality with big City amenities.

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Kapuskasing, Ontario

Kapuskasing is a vibrant community boasting all the amenities associated with living in an urban centre and yet provides the cherished lifestyle of a smaller community. Whether you visit as a tourist or are considering a move, you will find it easy to understand why Kapuskasing is called the "Model Town of the North".

Kapuskasing continues to progress economically with development and expansion of the retail business sector and new industries. This is an excellent indication of a healthy status and vision for a healthy economic future.

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Shuswap Lake, British Columbia

The Shuswap Lake system offers more than 1000km of shoreline to explore and has the largest houseboat fleet in Canada! The Shuswap offers spectacular scenery and a clean environment. Ahhh… summer in the Shuswap! A time for relaxing in the sun with family and friends or enjoying the many attractions and recreational opportunities in our area. The lake will be great for swimming, boating or houseboating. See you on the beach!

There is a multitude of recreational opportunities in the Shuswap. Each season presents something different. The opportunities range from adventure travel to physically demanding sporting activities; truly something for everyone!

Visit Shuswap Lake here...

St. Anthony, Newfoundland

National parks, Provincial parks, private parks, nature, rugged coastline, icebergs/whales, Grenfell Historical Properties and a polar bear display are just some of the things you can see in the St. Anthony area.

Visit Grenfell Historic Properties and relive an era that depicts the life and times of a determined people. Share in the struggles and successes of a determined doctor and see how St. Anthony grew as a result of his work.

Travel the Viking Trail to St. Anthony and view a land that is unique in nature. Experience nature at it’s finest, enjoy boat tours that will leave lasting memories and meet friendly people along the way.

St. Anthony - Communities in Bloom participantVisit St. Anthony here...

Spanish, Ontario

"We've always got time for you in Spanish"

Spanish, Ontario boasts a rich history which is appreciated by the residents and the thousands of tourists who visit each year. Spanish is set in a beautiful environment which appropriately reflects the nature of the community and it's people.

The Spanish area is also well known for its excellent bear, moose and deer hunting as well as duck, geese, and year-round fishing. It is located in the heart of snowmobile country and the enhabitants are proud that their area, known as the "missing-link", now connects Sudbury with Sault Ste. Marie for the active snowmobiler. It is also located on the Golden Triangle Route. Endless groomed snowmobile trails offering easy access to fuel, lodging, entertainment, grocery and retail stores are waiting for you in Spanish.

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Cavendish, PEI

Prince Edward Island's Major summertime destination, Cavendish offers activities for visitors of all ages.

Visitors flock to Green Gables to learn more about L.M. Montgomery's fictional heroine while golfer's can enjoy the challenging surrounding golf courses. The neighboring national park offers visitors the chance to relax on one of the many splendid beaches while the Homestead Trail provides countless panoramic shoreline views amidst nature's quiet splendour.

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Brighton - Ontario

Picture a place where; water glistens in the quiet Presqu'ile Bay, train whistles blow, birds are all around, nature surrounds you, apple trees blossom, you can browse antique shops, and quaint craft stores, fishermen are out fishing, you are close to major roads and centres, small town atmosphere lives, and boats sail away into the sunset.

Brighton a fabulous destination located on Highway 2 along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario, in the County of Northumberland. Brighton combines the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere of a small town and almost unlimited resources for opportunity. Sail away from your backyard or just walk through the natural healthy environment that surrounds this community.

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Watrous - Sask

Founded in 1906, Watrous is at the center of the Canadian grainbelt. It is well-known for the healing waters of Lake Manitou, CBK Radio, and Camp Easter Seal. It is also known as a center for agricultural implements and automotive dealerships. Not only has Watrous become an ideal place for retirement with the soothing waters of the Manitou Springs Mineral Spa nearby, but is also a thriving economic center based upon agriculture, tourism, mining, and industry.

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Louisbourg - Cape Breton, NS

The community of Louisbourg with a population of 1265 is located on the southeast coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is easily accessible by road and air. Louisbourg is located beside the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Besides this interesting historic treasure, beautiful island and magnificent seascapes and beaches also await you in Louisbourg. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail are also within easy driving distance as is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck.

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Dorset - Muskoka & Haliburton Highlands

First time visitors to Dorset may not realize they have arrived at the cross roads of "Cottage Country". The border dividing Muskoka District and County of Haliburton Highlands - mecas of vacationers, is the main street of Dorset, Ontario. This can be confusing for some, but it creates an interesting mix of travelers, and politics. Highway 35 is a corridor for travelers to Algonquin Park and Dorset is a convenient stop over point for shopping, lunch or a "fill-up".

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Biggar, Saskatchewan

The "New York Is Big But This Is Biggar" slogan came about in 1909 according to local legend. A survey crew had a bit too much to drink one night and wrote the phrase on a sign as a prank. As it turned out, the townspeople liked the phrase and adopted it. The sign and the slogan remain as two of the most recognizeable symbols of Biggar, famous the world around.

Sandra Schmirler is a pride and joy of Biggar, Saskatchewan. Sandra was a three time world curling champion. She was also the 1998 Olympic Gold medalist for the sport of curling. Sandra grew up and went to school in Biggar. She was active in curling in Biggar, acting as the third on the 1981 provincial girls curling high school championship team. Sandra won the world women's curling championships in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Her gold medal topped it off in Nagano. The Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park was officially opened on August 6, 2000. The park, which surrounds Biggar Central School 2000, has a gazebo, soccer field, playground equipment, a Memorial Wall, and a Wall of Fame.

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Nipawin, Saskatchewan

As a tourist destination, Nipawin has many opportunities and facilities for recreation. Throughout the winter and summer months Nipawin and area abound with festivals, organized events and sports, and facilities for recreation. Nipawin boasts some of the best walleye fishing in North America, excellent hunting, picturesque scenery, and a superior vacation experience.

As a millennium project, the town of Nipawin commissionned a number of murals to be created on buildings throughout the town. The murals showcase life in Nipawin throughout the years and provide a tribute to both the history and present life of the town. Regina artist Zhong-Ru Huang was responsible for the first two murals; one on the seniors centre and one on the Jubilee arena. The third mural was created by the Nipawin Art Club and now resides on the Grayson Massage Therapy building. The fourth mural has been recently completed by Watrous artist Michael Gaudet who is also now working on the fifth mural.

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Athens, Ontario

The Village of Athens, population 1000 is located just thirty minutes north-west of Brockville. Their small tourist town is famous for its twelve large outdoor murals. The murals are very important and meaningful to the citizens of Athens. The murals represent their pride in their community, their local artists and their history. Enjoy their warm hospitality while touring the peaceful, historical Village of Athens, with its splendid mix of stately homes, historical buildings and unique murals.

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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

This week we highlight Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, the picturesque fishing village that has delighted visitors from around the globe!

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse stands on a smooth rock-ledge dipping into the Atlantic ocean and sends its light out into the darkness of the night. In the past, the pilot was taken on here, to steer many a vessel, from fullriggers to steamers safely into the channel of St. Margaret's Bay, to load lumber or pit-props for the overseas markets.

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Nestled along the banks of the historic Trent Severn Waterway, Campbellford-Seymour offers Ontario's finest rural images of meandering stone fences, solitary nature trails, quiet meadows and unblemished landscapes.

This quaint community promotes economic and cultural development by hosting a variety of trade and agricultural fairs, festivals, antique shows and a growing industrial base.

Campbellford is located midway between Toronto to the west, Ottawa to the east, Peterborough to the north and Belleville to the south. The Trent Severn Waterway runs through the middle of the town and many local events and festivals revolve around this natural beauty. Campbellford-Seymour sits in the river valley and is surrounded by the rolling hills of Northumberland.

Visit Campbellford here...


Welcome to Southampton, Ontario Canada. As the Oldest Port on the Bruce Coast, Southampton is full of the charm and beauty associated with a coastal town from days gone by. Here you will also find many activities to enhance your visit or family vacation. Browse through their web site for all of the information, from events to weekly activities, fishing, golf, outdoor concerts, art, history, classic cars, shopping, tennis, old fashioned market and much, much more. Stroll around Southampton and explore the town's heritage here.

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