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13 odd things to see and do across Canada

 

Photo by Jeff Wallace licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Calgary Stampede — these are well-known Canadian attractions. Now forget about those popular places and go experience Canada’s cool and unusual!

World Championship Bathtub Race in British Columbia

Competitor in a bathtub boat.
Photo by Moosealope licensed CC BY 2.0

Where: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Why go: See people race souped-up, motorized bathtubs. The race is 58 kilometres long and it takes about 1.5 hours to finish. First race was in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday.

While you’re in British Columbia, try eating: Nanaimo bars

Giant Ukrainian Pysanka in Alberta

An enormous rotating Easter egg.
Photo by eileenmak licensed CC BY 2.0

Where: Vegreville, Alberta

Why go: It’s the world’s largest rotating Easter egg! Put together like a massive jigsaw puzzle, it contains 524 star patterns, 2,208 equilateral triangles and 6,978 nuts and bolts. Try tackling that gigantic puzzle!

While you’re in Alberta, try eating: Perogies

Little Manitou Lake in Saskatchewan

A sheltered bench looks onto Little Manitou Lake.
Photo by Damien Gabrielson licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Where: Watrous, Saskatchewan

Why go: Filled with lots of salt and other minerals, Little Mantou Lake is almost impossible to sink in. You can float for hours. Some people believe the water heals infections and sickness.

While you’re in Saskatchewan, try eating: Saskatoon berry pie

Frog Follies Agricultural Fair in Manitoba

A green frog.
Photo by Peter Miller licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Where: St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba

Why go: Compete in the National Frog Jumping Championship. Bring your own frog or choose one out of a barrel. You get three tries to make your frog jump the farthest.

While you’re in Manitoba, try eating: Anything but frog’s legs

Underground Salt Mines in Ontario

Underground salt mine in Goderich.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Dave Chidley

Where: Goderich, Ontario

Why go: It’s the largest underground salt mine in the world. It extends 7-square kilometres under Lake Huron. Visit the Huron County Museum to see what it’s like to work in the mine and how salt is produced.

While you’re in Ontario, try eating: Fries from a french-fry truck (with just a touch of salt!)

Le Monstre in Quebec

A black and white picture of a roller coaster.
Photo by Alexis Gravel licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

Where: La Ronde, Montreal, Quebec

Why go: Scream your head off while riding the highest double wooden roller coaster in the world. Two trains rattle-travel at once and reach speeds of 96 km/h. Gulp.

While you’re in Quebec, try eating: Poutine (but wait until after you ride Le Monstre)

 


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Potato Museum in Prince Edward Island

A giant potato in front of a one-storey building.
Photo by Ari Herzog licensed CC BY-NC-CD 2.0

Where: O’Leary, Prince Edward Island

Why go: To gaze at the world’s biggest potato! Located just outside the museum, the fiberglass potato towers 4.27 metres high. Inside, explore the Potato Hall of Fame, antique farm machinery and more.

While you’re in Prince Edward island, try eating: Lobster and spuds

Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick

Magnetic Hill sign behind a garden of flowers.
Photo by Mark Goebel licensed CC BY 2.0

Where: Moncton, New Brunswick

Why go: To be amazed. Get your parents to drive to the bottom of the hill, have them take their foot off the brake and gasp as the car appears to roll UP the hill! Is it real or just an optical illusion?

While you’re in New Brunswick, try eating: Fiddleheads and smoked herring

The Balancing Rock in Nova Scotia

A huge rock balancing vertically on another rock.
Photo by Dennis Jarvis licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Where: Tiverton, Long Island, Nova Scotia

Why go: You might be there when the teetering rock finally tips over. (But let’s hope not.) Years ago, fisherman actually tried to pull the rock down, but it didn’t budge. Phew!

While you’re in Nova Scotia, try eating: Donairs

Bacon Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador

A rickety house looking out at the Atlantic ocean.
Photo by Douglas Sprott licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Where: Bacon Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

Why go: To meet the inhabitants of the tiny town and hear about the legend — a ship carrying pigs wrecked on the rocks. Sadly, the pigs died and the people had to rush to quickly cure a whole lot of bacon.

While you’re in Newfoundland & Labrador, try eating: Um, bacon? Or partridge berry pie!

Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary in Northwest Territories

It's a bison!
Photo by Drew Brayshaw licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Where: Fort Providence, Northwest Territories

Why go: See more than 2,000 bison roaming around. In 1963, there were only 18 of the animals in the area. The bison is on Canada’s “threatened species” watch list.

While you’re in the Northwest Territories, try eating: Bannock

Mount Thor in Nunavut

It's a big mountain.
Photo by Peter Morgan licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Where: Auyuittuq, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Why go: To see Thor Peak, of course! It's the world’s tallest vertical cliff standing at an astounding 1,250 metres, with an angle of 105 degrees — which is steeper than vertical! It’s located in Auyuittuq National Park — Auyuittuq in Inuktitut is for “land that never melts.”

While you’re in Nunavut, try eating: Arctic char (a fish)

Sign Post Forest in Yukon

Street signs and license plates nailed on posts.
Photo by Jeff Wallace licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Where: Watson, Yukon

Why go: Marvel at the 72,000+ hometown signs that people from all over the world have posted. The first sign was erected in 1942 by Carl Lindley from Danville, Illinois. Be sure to post your own sign!

While you’re in Yukon, try eating: Sourdough flapjacks