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Some quirky and unique Canadian attractions you should visit (16 Photos)
Sure, Canada’s known for it’s beauty and nature and for our talent at hockey. But we also have a flair for the odd and quirky. Bet you didn’t know we had a landing pad for UFO’s or a creepy scarecrow farm, straight out of a Stephen King novel.
Check out some truly odd attractions across the country.
Signpost Forest – Watson Lake, Yukon
This is exactly how it sounds; a forest of signposts, covering several acres in the Yukon. Much like the Paris lock bridge, it’s a tradition for visitors to bring a sign from wherever they came from and affix it to the posts, as a sign that they were there. Currently, there’s over 77,000 signs all through the grounds.
Athabasca Sand Dunes – Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan
One of the most northerly sand dune formations on Earth, this is a unique feature of the boreal shield in Saskatchewan. Overall, the dunes stretch as far as 100 km and contain rare plants that are not found anywhere else in the world.
Reversing Rapids – Saint John, New Brunswick
In sort of a weird quirk of nature, the reversing rapids are right where the Bay of Fundy and the St. John River meet. Naturally, as the water from the Bay is stronger, it overpowers the river and creates rapids going upstream. It’s a weird sight!
Edouard Arsenault Bottle Houses – Wellington, PEI
Inspired by a postcard that he had received from British Columbia, Edouard Arsenault collected 25,000 recycled glass bottles and built a series of houses by cementing the bottles together. It took him over 4 years to build 3 houses.
Haughton Impact Crater – Devon Island, Nunavut
If you ever wanted to know what Mars was like, this is the place. Used by NASA for training for future Mars missions, this is a cold, desolate and barren wasteland, with geographic features that match the red planet.
Home of A Thousand Faces – Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
This is the home of the eccentric artist Rolf Heer, who’s carved parts of his home with a chainsaw, and he maintains his house as a museum/art exhibit of sorts.
Arthur Villeneuve House – Saguenay, Quebec
Villeneuve was a self taught artist, who used his own home as a canvas for his expression. What makes it more unique is that the entire house was moved upon his death, into a museum, where it’s protected and tourists can visit.
Medicine Lake – Jasper, Alberta
This attraction is sort of a misnamed natural feature. It’s not a lake, per se, as it’s only present at certain times of the year, due to glacier run off. During the spring the basin fills up, then drains underground, much like a bathtub that is being filled faster than it’s draining. It’s a pretty awe inducing sight to see.
Mount Thor – Baffin Island, Nunavut
Mount Thor holds the record for the longest vertical drop in the world; 4,101 feet, at 105 degrees. It also featured in the Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’, where Roger Moore’s stunt double skis off the ledge, and falls to safety with the Union Jack parachute.
Narcisse Snake Dens – Gimli, Manitoba
This is an odd attraction, and if you’ve got a great fear of snakes, maybe steer clear of this one.
Gimli is home to a large colony of red-sided garter snakes, and twice a year they leave their dens and have a snake orgy. For two to three weeks there’s just masses of writhing snakes and apparently it’s a popular tourist attraction.
Paddlewheel Graveyard – Dawson, Yukon
Once upon a time, the best way to traverse across the Yukon was by Paddleboat. When roads became more prominent, the boats were beached here to rot; there’s a total of 7 abandoned ships that are still explorable.
Joe’s Scarecrow Village – Saint Joseph Du Moine, Nova Scotia
This is a creepy one. Joe Delaney is a retired janitor who put up a few scarecrows for his garden. They became incredibly popular as he put on creepy masks of celebrities and politicians, and it went from there.
It’s definitely got a ‘children of the corn’ vibe, but is a key stop on the Cabot Trail.
World’s First UFO Landing Pad – St. Paul, Alberta
Built in 1967 for Canada’s centennial, it weighs over 130 tonnes, and also has an adjacent UFO museum.
Unlike all the un-official (and secret UFO landing sites), our government is pretty open about where they want the aliens to land.
The Enchanted Forest – Revelstoke, British Columbia
A retired couple by the name of Doris and Ernest Needham, decided to spend their remaining time decorating a forest with over 350 fairytale creatures, as well as building a giant tree house and a house carved out of a gigantic stump.
Tremble Island – Mount Waddington, British Columbia
Called tremble for a really unique reason. The island isn’t really affixed to anything, so during peak tides, the island shakes and makes noise. Some have reported that during the peak, they need to lay down and cover their ears, lest they fall over from all the movement and noise.
This island also has many relics from sailors dating back over 100 years.