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This picturesque N.B. town is Canada's top travel spot, according to USA Today

St. Andrews By-The-Sea. Image sourced from

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"Sorry, Banff. Don’t take it personally, Montreal. You’re still beautiful, Niagara.

A small New Brunswick town with fewer than 2,000 residents beat out some of Canada’s best-known attractions to be named the number one place to visit in the country, according to USA Today.

The publication asked travel writers and experts to nominate some of the best destinations in Canada. The list included 20 towns and cities from coast to coast, including Tofino, Whistler, Toronto and Charlottetown.

The quaint town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea is dotted with more than 280 buildings from the 19th century.

St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, a small town in New Brunswick, was named Canada's top travel destination by USA Today.

Whale watching tours are offered in the town, which isn't far from the Bay of Fundy.

The top picks were then handed over to online readers, who voted on their favourite travel hotspots.

In the end, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, N.B. earned the top spot.

The news came as a surprise to the town’s mayor.

“I still didn’t think that we’d be in the same league with places like Banff and Vancouver and Quebec City,” Mayor Doug Naish told CTV Atlantic.

“It’s just still sinking in, I think, for a lot of us.”

The mayor says the unexpected accolade is an honour, but the community of 1,800 people needs to start gearing up for a possible influx of tourists.

“Some of us – me particularly – are just a little worried that although we want a lot more people to come and visit us, we don’t want 50,000 more people showing up on the same day,” he said. “It’s a great problem to have.”

The quaint community is dotted with more than 280 historic buildings built before 1880. Tucked beside the ocean, St. Andrews is a perfect launching pad for an afternoon of whale watching or a day trip to the nearby Bay of Fundy."...

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