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Expedia: St. Anthony among country’s most charming historic towns

St. Anthony, seen here from the top of Mountain Drive, was listed as one of the nine most charming historic towns in Canada by Expedia.
St. Anthony, seen here from the top of Mountain Drive, was listed as one of the nine most charming historic towns in Canada by Expedia. - Thom Barker

Popular travel website blog ranks town number five nationally

St. Anthony has been featured on the expedia.com travel blog as one of the nine most charming historic towns in Canada.

“Every town has a story to tell,” the article, written by Jennifer Cuellar begins. “There are countless untold tales of forbidden romances, celebrations that brought the city together, and events that changed the course of history in Canada. The real question is: Which historic towns should you visit first?”

In Cuellar’s estimation, St. Anthony ranked number five, sandwiched between Digby, N.S. (4) and Kingston, Ont. (6).

“St. Anthony caught our attention as a historic town, as it maintains a sense of old-world beauty with the landscape,” Cuellar told The Northern Pen via email. “Icebergs, whale tails, and fishing boats are just part of the easygoing charm. The fact that it has easy access to regional historic landmarks like L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is a big plus, too.”

Expedia linkhttp://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/9-charming-historic-towns-canada

St. Anthony mayor Desmond McDonald said he was pleased with the news.

“As a small town it’s nice to get recognized as a charming place to visit and live,” he said.

He was also quick to give credit to the entire region, however.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say St. Anthony is a charming place because the whole area is a charming place to live,” he said. “St. Anthony feeds off the wider community, so everyone contributes to the overall well-being of the community as a whole, but it’s nice to get recognized, I guess.

St. Anthony was not the only Newfoundland and Labrador town included in the list. Trinity came in as number one. The author cited the town’s nearly 500 years of history and its current reputation for “adorable bed and breakfasts and easy living” as reasons for the town’s top ranking.

“You can say that Trinity’s been around the block, and we mean that as a huge compliment,” Cuellar wrote.

Other towns included: 2. Nelson, B.C.; 3. St. Andrews, N.B.; 7. Powell River, B.C.; 8. Jasper, Alta.; and 9. Kamouraska, Que.

Expedia is the fourth most popular travel website in the world with approximately 25 million unique visits per month.

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