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10 of the most remote places in Canada to get away from it all

Canada is massive and with so many places to see it's no wonder a lot of them go unnoticed. Though getting to most of these off-the-grid locations can be tough, the breathtaking scenery, nature views, abundant wildlife, and peace and quiet, make the journey worthwhile. 

Here are some of the most remote places in Canada to get away from it all.

Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec

Kangiqsualujjuaq is a small Inuit village located on the coast of Ungava Bay in Nunavik, Quebec and over 1,600 kilometres from Montreal. The town is enveloped by mountains and its elevated position affords unobstructed views of the George River. 

Haida Gwaii, B.C.

This stunning archipelago of 150 rocky islands off British Columbia’s West Coast is only accessible by boat or seaplane. The totem pole and longhouse remains found on the island are some of the oldest authentic examples of coastal First Nations villages.

Pelee Island, Ontario

Pelee Island is the most southern point in Canada and is certainly one of the country's best kept secrets. The remote location is full of abundant wildlife with over 300 types of birds, as well as rare plant species. 

Fogo Island, Newfoundland 

You might be familiar with the remote Fogo Island thanks to the award-winning Fogo Island Inn. Its rugged coastline, rolling green hills, and location in Iceberg Alley all make the island a must-visit.

Athabasca Sand Dunes, Saskatchewan

These sand dunes, stretching 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, is the largest active sand surface in Canada and is only accessible by float plane. Reaching nearly 100 feet high, the dunes make for incredible scenery and foster a unique ecosystem. 

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Found on Baffin Island, the isolated town of Iqaluit is only accessible by boat or plane. Its most famous attraction is the "Road to Nowhere" that you can walk, bike or drive, until you end up in the middle of nowhere.

Hornby Island, B.C.

If you're truly looking for isolation, then look no further than Hornby Island. It will take you two ferry rides to finally get to the island, but its beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are well worth the journey. 

Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut

This remote park in the Canadian Arctic doesn't get many visitors due to its faraway location. It offers 24 hours of daylight in summer, and its landscape includes rugged peaks, ice caps and glaciers, rivers, tundra and fjords. 

Sable Island, Nova Scotia

This protected National Park Reserve is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, over 550 free-roaming wild horses, and the world’s biggest breeding colony of grey seals. As one of the most remote spots in Canada, the island is only accessible by boat or charter plane. 

Alert, Nunavut 

Alert is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world and is only 817 kilometres from the North Pole. The town only has about 60 permanent residents and also has many temporary military inhabitants, as it hosts a military signals intelligence radio receiving facility. 

Lead photo by

youdrones at Sable Island, Nova Scotia


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