St. Boniface, Manitoba
Crossing the bridge from Winnipeg into St. Boniface, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in another country. Once a fur trade town, it’s home to Western Canada’s largest Francophone community and boasts a rich cultural heritage of art galleries, theatre companies like Cercle Moliere, and museums linked to hometown hero Louis Riel. Food is also front and centre, with exquisite boulangeries, and charming bistros that offer everything from muscles and fries, to Italian gelato. Architectural gems dot the area, including the Saint-Boniface Cathedral, which incorporates walls from an earlier incarnation of the church that burned down in 1968. At night, head to a venue like Le Garage Café for live music.