Published on July 18th, 2016 | by Kamla Wray
Amazing and Unique Sights in Canada.
We love helping our Members plan their vacations, cruises and trips around the world, but we also love helping them discover the beauty and wonder of Canada. After all, every province and territory is unique in its own way leaving no shortage of popular attractions and historic sites to discover. Sure, we all know about (and love) our national monuments, beautiful Canadian Rockies and stunning waterfalls strewn throughout the country, but what about those lesser-known Canadian treasures found off the beaten path?
If you’re looking for out-of-the-ordinary, consider visiting some of Canada’s more unique, if not unusual attractions and places of interest. Ready to explore?
WESTERN & CENTRAL CANADA
Haida Gwaii Also referred to as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is a collection of more than 130 islands 128 km off the northern B.C. coast that are known for its preservation of First Nations culture through ancient Haida village sites, rainforests, argillite carvings, totem poles and beaches.
The Spotted Lake. Located northwest of Osooyoos, The Spotted Lake is a visual stunner thanks in part to its high concentration of calcium, magnesium and sodium sulfates. In the summer, the lake water tends to evaporate leaving behind crystallized minerals that form colourful spots which change according to temperature.
World’s First UFO Landing Pad. You guessed it. We were ready and waiting for an intergalactic visit way before Independence Day. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of one of Canada’s most famous and unique landmarks. Did we mention the on-site museum features photographs of crop circles, UFOs and other out-of-this-world oddities?
Town of Vulcan. Trekkies unite. Canadians must be onto something “enterprising” because long before Star Trek, there was the town of Vulcan. With a population of just over 2,000, this little town continues to make a big impression for Star Trek fans with its replica of the USS Enterprise and annual “trekkie” convention. Costumes optional, love of Klingons and Vulcans mandatory.
Twisted Trees. A 75-minute drive north of Saskatoon will take you to a one-of-a-kind grove of aspen trees. Affectionately referred to as, “The Crooked Bush”, visitors are in awe of aspens growing in the most unnatural yet beautiful way, contorted and twisted across three acres of farmland.
Narcisse Snake Pits. Indiana Jones would not be amused because this is exactly what it sounds like; thousands of slithering legless reptiles migrate and mate basically creating the world’s largest concentration of red-sided garter snakes. Visitors can find den sites in rock piles, tree roots, shale cliffs, sewers, sinkholes and other assorted hiding areas.
Georgian Bay Grotto. Maybe this Bruce County natural gem isn’t such an unknown destination but it is certainly unique, after all, who doesn’t love exploring caves? The Grotto is one stunning cave created from that when hit by sunlight, a beautiful underwater tunnel is revealed through clear, turquoise water.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Imagine nearly 2,000 butterflies and moths from Costa Rica and the Philippines fluttering about whilst you walk through an indoor tropical garden. Beautiful is an understatement. Members save when you pre-purchase tickets online.
Bleu Lavande. These lavender fields aren’t just any random cluster of plants, Bleu Lavande is the largest lavender farm Canada and the second largest in North America! Boasting more than 100,000 lavender plants, this attraction is a visual feast for the senses. Don’t forget the camera. You will want a selfie here.
Montreal Insectarium. Hailed as North America’s leading and largest museum dedicated to insects from around the world, the Montreal Insectarium is every bug lover’s dream come true. Hang out with over 150,000 creepy crawlies including tarantulas, scorpions, singing insects and other creepy crawlies.
ATLANTIC & NORTHERN CANADA
Reversing Rapids. Created when the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy collide with the St. John River, the Reversing Rapids in New Brunswick are an unusual phenomenon occurring twice daily, near low tide and high tide.
Canada’s Smallest Library. Quietly nestled in Prince Edward Island is the unofficial world’s smallest library. Housing about 1,800 books with a lifetime membership of $5, this ode to the written word runs on the honour system. Honestly, that’s pretty awesome.
Joggins Fossil Cliffs. There is no end to Canada’s natural beauty and Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Cumberland County is no exception. Canada’s 15th UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site features 15 km of exposed layers of rock revealing the most complete fossil record of life from the “Coal Age”, a cool 300 million years ago.
L’Anse Aux Meadows. When the first Europeans set off to discover the New World, they landed at L’Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site recognizes this site as North America’s first and only authentic Norse settlement. Tour the Viking ruins, have your fortune told or learn how to throw an axe. Game on!
Northern Lights. It’s no secret Yellowknife is one of the best international destinations for viewing one of nature’s most profound phenomenons, the Aurora Borealis. There are many northern lights tourism companies offering excellent vantage points for ideal viewing.
Baffin Island. Visiting the world’s fifth largest island is ideal for tourists looking for a specific cultural and environmental experience. Rich with culture and history thanks to a number of Inuit communities, Nunavut’s Baffin Island offers visitors one-of-a-kind Canadian landscape that must be seen to be truly appreciated.
Carcross Desert. Often referred to as the world’s smallest desert, Carcross Desert in the Yukon is in fact a collection of sand dunes measuring approximately 2.6km. During the Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, the area was a giant glacial lake. The glaciers retreated and the lake dried up leaving behind the dunes. Carcross Desert is a stunning geological attraction that should not be overlooked.
Ready to explore Canada?
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