Hidden Gems In Canada  

sexyldy1000 61F  
10447 posts
7/2/2021 11:14 am
Hidden Gems In Canada


From nearly-forgotten natural wonders to one-of-a-kind accommodations, these little-known Canadian attractions are worth adding to your bucket list.

The World’s Smallest Desert
Carcross Desert, Yukon


Yes, Canada has the world’s smallest desert. The dry climate & fierce winds of the Yukon have resulted in the creation of 540 acres of sand dunes in a region that was once the bottom of a large glacial lake.

An Underground Slide Ride
Horne Lake Caves, British Columbia


Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of caves in all of Canada (there are more than 1,400 of them!). One of the most stunning places is at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, where you can spelunk through absolute darkness. You’ll also have the chance to barrel down the only underground slide in Canada and rappel through a waterfall!

Medieval Glamping
Good Knights Medieval Encampment, Alberta


Wannabe lords and ladies bed down in a lavish, medieval-style tent kitted out with queen beds, wooden floors & electricity. You’ll even have access to the throne room (AKA, your very own ensuite bathroom with flushing toilet). Lap up the royal treatment with in-tent breakfasts, archery lessons and medieval feasts.

Mysteries Embedded in Manitoba’s Legislature
Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes and Masonic symbols have been concealed so expertly within the building’s imposing architecture, their presence went unnoticed by historians and visitors for nearly a century. From April to October, weekly Hermetic Code Tours led by Dr. Frank Albo, a local architectural historian, shed light on the cryptic symbols throughout the building.

A Bunker Built To Withstand A Nuclear War
Diefenbunker, Ontario


During the Cold War, an underground bunker was built for senior members of government in case there was a nuclear attack. Although former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker never visited his “Diefenbuker,” you can. Considered Canada’s Cold War museum, it is located in the small town of Carp, just west of Ottawa. In the 100,000 square foot labyrinth, you’ll find the Prime Minister’s personal suite, a massive bank vault, as well as the world’s largest escape room experience.

The Chance To Sleep With A Pack of Wolves
Parc Oméga, Quebec


In Quebec’s Outaouais region, at Parc Oméga, wildlife enthusiasts can actually spend the night in a luxurious lodge while the wolf pack stands guard in the grounds outside. Peep through the cabin’s panoramic windows to see what they’re up to, or head to the observation lookout to get a bird’s eye view of the wolves in their natural habitat.

A Safari For Caviar Connoisseurs
Carters Point, New Brunswick


Premium caviar is now being produced in Carters Point, New Brunswick. You also have the chance to sample it firsthand on a “caviar safari.” Each July, scientists with Acadian Sturgeon & Caviar take guests on a tour of the region. In addition to multi-course caviar tastings, you’ll see sturgeon harvesting, assist in research and enjoy a sturgeon barbecue on the beach.

The Oldest Lighthouse In North America
Sambro Island, Nova Scotia


No, the oldest lighthouse in North America is not to be found in Maine; nor is it in the Caribbean, where Columbus made landfall. Although the historic red-and-white-striped beacon can be reached by sailboat, nothing beats a helicopter expedition with Heli-Picnic Island Escape. Lifting off from Halifax Harbour, you’ll take in the striking jagged coastline before enjoying a champagne picnic near the lighthouse with your own personal sommelier

North America’s Largest Reconstruction
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia


Once one of the busiest harbours in North America (and a strategic French outpost in the New World), a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is like stepping back in time. North America’s largest reconstruction began in 1961; today, a quarter of the original town, including its fortifications, streets, homes and gardens have been painstakingly recreated. Throw in character reenactments, and the Louisbourg experience takes you to the 1740s.

A Bird’s Eye View of Icebergs
Iceberg Nest, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland


It’s one thing to go on a boat excursion to view Newfoundland’s famed icebergs. It’s quite another to see them float underneath you. The Iceberg Nest on Quirpon Island looks like a glass box with transparent walls, ceilings and floors. In addition to marvelling at the frozen skyscrapers gliding down Iceberg Alley, you’re also likely to spot whales and dolphins (22 species migrate here each year) swimming a dizzying 100 feet below.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/2/2021 11:24 am

I visited Louisbourg during my trip to the Maritimes in 2019. I look forward to travelling again and exploring my beautiful country from coast to coast.

Do you like to travel? What's on your bucket list?


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
7/2/2021 11:37 am

Wow! Kool... and who knew? 🤔
Looks worthy of a tour across the country.
I've been to a few of those places. 😎❗❗🇨🇦


spunkycumfun 61M/66F  
40478 posts
7/2/2021 12:30 pm

I've only been to Canada once - Quebec City - but I need to go back again. I think Canada is great, not least because I love ice hockey (sorry, hockey). I've planned many a tour of Canada to take in ice hockey games. A lot of Canadians come over to where I live to play ice gocker for the Nottingham Panthers!


p1947q 75M  
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7/2/2021 12:48 pm

I do love to travel and although I have been fortunate to have visited some of the places you have included in this blog and some or your other travel posts my bucket list does include some of the other things you have posted about. Would like to visit Torngat Mountains National Park and the three territories I have not been to yet and although I have visited all 10 Provinces there are so many areas of each that I would like to come back and explore


luv2meetu36 57M
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7/2/2021 12:57 pm

nicely done


Tmptrzz 59F  
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7/2/2021 2:21 pm

Looks like some interesting places you all have there. I hope you enjoy your weekend..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


HAMONMAN 62M
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7/2/2021 2:22 pm

    Quoting spunkycumfun:
    I've only been to Canada once - Quebec City - but I need to go back again. I think Canada is great, not least because I love ice hockey (sorry, hockey). I've planned many a tour of Canada to take in ice hockey games. A lot of Canadians come over to where I live to play ice gocker for the Nottingham Panthers!
" I love ice hockey "

Thus, one of your profile pics.


HAMONMAN 62M
12930 posts
7/2/2021 2:26 pm

Why would a park in Quebec feature a bison at it's entrance ?


Nol11969 25M

7/2/2021 2:30 pm

the medieval tent looks so cool and homey. wouldn't mind sleeping there


BiJack55 72M  
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7/2/2021 2:45 pm

That was awesome.


redrockrascal 63M
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7/2/2021 4:15 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    I visited Louisbourg during my trip to the Maritimes in 2019. I look forward to travelling again and exploring my beautiful country from coast to coast.

    Do you like to travel? What's on your bucket list?
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lonlyforlove2 79M  
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7/2/2021 5:42 pm

Some very interesting places. I have driven in several of the provinces, but mostly for business and never had the time to enjoy the scenery.. Thanks

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nova197238 58M
222 posts
7/2/2021 5:51 pm

Very cool. Never heard of any of these places. Will have to add them to my list of places to go. Thanks!


pagancountrygirl 64F
6378 posts
7/2/2021 5:58 pm

I would love to see the icebergs from a bird's eye view! I've been on a day cruise to view glaciers and got to see them calve but would love a different perspective of them. Parc Oméga, Quebec sounds like my kind of place, too. I wish I'd known about Carcross Desert when I was on Highway 1 heading south out of Whitehorse. But it was winter and probably not a good time for detours. I had left Anchorage and was on my way down the Alcan to the US. It was a long trip but a lovely one through Canada!

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resant78 43M  
3320 posts
7/2/2021 6:45 pm

I love travelling! it's one of my passions. Art and travelling go hand in hand for me.

I've been to Paris three times and I hope to go at least one more time in the future.
I go to bask in the history of the streets and art in the museums.


MrRareity 62M  
4561 posts
7/2/2021 8:33 pm

There are more than a couple of places I'd love to see. Thank you for sharing!!

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realise we have only one - Confucious


easyrider4008 65M
2535 posts
7/2/2021 10:28 pm

Interesting blog perhaps I will be inspired to do a similar one with some pictures near some places where I live.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:43 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Wow! Kool... and who knew? 🤔
    Looks worthy of a tour across the country.
    I've been to a few of those places. 😎❗❗🇨🇦
As you know, we live in a beautiful country. Everyone should take time to explore it from coast-to-coast


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:45 am

    Quoting spunkycumfun:
    I've only been to Canada once - Quebec City - but I need to go back again. I think Canada is great, not least because I love ice hockey (sorry, hockey). I've planned many a tour of Canada to take in ice hockey games. A lot of Canadians come over to where I live to play ice gocker for the Nottingham Panthers!
Heck, I haven't even been to Quebec City! Ah, hockey. It can unite us all Nice to see you stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:48 am

    Quoting p1947q:
    I do love to travel and although I have been fortunate to have visited some of the places you have included in this blog and some or your other travel posts my bucket list does include some of the other things you have posted about. Would like to visit Torngat Mountains National Park and the three territories I have not been to yet and although I have visited all 10 Provinces there are so many areas of each that I would like to come back and explore
Yes, I recall that you have been an avid traveller. I think my future plans will be to see more here. Unfortunately, in the past, it was cost-prohibitive. Perhaps, post-Covid times will see those expenses lowered to encourage Canadians to spend their $$ here. Nice to see you dropping by again.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:49 am

Thank you. Always appreciate seeing first-time 'visitors'. Perhaps you will stop by again


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:50 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Looks like some interesting places you all have there. I hope you enjoy your weekend..
Yes, we certainly do . Happy July 4th weekend!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 3:52 am

    Quoting HAMONMAN:
    " I love ice hockey "

    Thus, one of your profile pics.
Wow...You had to dig deep to find that one. Hockey is universal


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:05 am

    Quoting HAMONMAN:
    Why would a park in Quebec feature a bison at it's entrance ?
Prior to their depopulation, bison were the most abundant large mammal on the continent. Perhaps a Quebec member can answer it better. However, Quebec has been involved in the conservation and protection of bison.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:07 am

    Quoting Nol11969:
    the medieval tent looks so cool and homey. wouldn't mind sleeping there
It does look it provides all the necessary comforts for a great experience. Thanks, for stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:07 am

Glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps you will stop by again


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:08 am

Sounds exotic and scary . Hope you get to experience it.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:10 am

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    Some very interesting places. I have driven in several of the provinces, but mostly for business and never had the time to enjoy the scenery.. Thanks
Business travel often doesn't have time built in for 'personal time'. It's great when you can go back and explore things that caught your eye. Nice to see you stopping by


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:12 am

    Quoting nova197238:
    Very cool. Never heard of any of these places. Will have to add them to my list of places to go. Thanks!
Except for Louisbourg, they were all new to me too I hope to visit some of them also in the future. Thanks for stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:17 am

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    I would love to see the icebergs from a bird's eye view! I've been on a day cruise to view glaciers and got to see them calve but would love a different perspective of them. Parc Oméga, Quebec sounds like my kind of place, too. I wish I'd known about Carcross Desert when I was on Highway 1 heading south out of Whitehorse. But it was winter and probably not a good time for detours. I had left Anchorage and was on my way down the Alcan to the US. It was a long trip but a lovely one through Canada!
Icebergs are dangerous and amazing wonders of nature. I haven't seen any 'up close' yet. People forget just how vast Canada is. Some rankings have it the second biggest in the world. Perhaps you will make it back here someday. Thanks for stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:19 am

    Quoting resant78:
    I love travelling! it's one of my passions. Art and travelling go hand in hand for me.

    I've been to Paris three times and I hope to go at least one more time in the future.
    I go to bask in the history of the streets and art in the museums.
I share the travel passion! I remember you previously mentioning Paris and your desire to return. Hope you are able to make it happen


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:20 am

    Quoting MrRareity:
    There are more than a couple of places I'd love to see. Thank you for sharing!!
You know I enjoy sharing interesting information. My country has been getting attention recently for the 'wrong' reasons so wanted to share these 'hidden gems'. Thanks for stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 4:21 am

    Quoting easyrider4008:
    Interesting blog perhaps I will be inspired to do a similar one with some pictures near some places where I live.
Sounds like a great idea. Go for it


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
7/3/2021 6:50 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    I visited Louisbourg during my trip to the Maritimes in 2019. I look forward to travelling again and exploring my beautiful country from coast to coast.

    Do you like to travel? What's on your bucket list?
I'd love to take that cross Canada train 🚉 that goes from the Rockies in BC to, i think it's, New Brunswick. Sounds like a beautiful relaxing trip. 😎❗❗


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/3/2021 10:31 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    I'd love to take that cross Canada train 🚉 that goes from the Rockies in BC to, i think it's, New Brunswick. Sounds like a beautiful relaxing trip. 😎❗❗
The Rocky Mountaineer has different routes from Vancouver to Jasper and Banff. Apparently, there's no direct train from British Columbia to New Brunswick. However, there are services that involve multiple transfers and the journey takes approximately 4 days 13h. No doubt there would be beautiful scenery


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
7/3/2021 1:00 pm

    Quoting HAMONMAN:
    Why would a park in Quebec feature a bison at it's entrance ?
'sexyldy1000' asked me because I'm a Quebecer, for my help, so hopefully — this will. 😎❗❗

Why a Québec park would put that Bison on its entrance is (most likely) to impress their guests. Size seems to matter here.

They, those beasts, never made it THIS far east. However, over a dozen Montreal restaurants 'claim' to serve Bison on their menu.

Unfortunately, that means we — Montrealers — are 'munching' into the 2, 200 remaining bovine left in North America.

Either that, or the restaurants here are bullshitting.
Hope that informs and helps. 😎❗❗


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
7/3/2021 1:17 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    The Rocky Mountaineer has different routes from Vancouver to Jasper and Banff. Apparently, there's no direct train from British Columbia to New Brunswick. However, there are services that involve multiple transfers and the journey takes approximately 4 days 13h. No doubt there would be beautiful scenery
You're right, it only goes as far as Toronto, but I would still relish the voyage. That glass rooftop car and the menu... ooo, I'm sure it would be a classic.

Hey... ever thought of driving a car across Canada? Do the east coast one year, and do the west, the next?
I'm thinking motels; oh... my... gosh...
Can you imagine? lol 😂
Hey, have you ever seen 'Shitt's Creek'?
We'd be fine. 😘❗❗


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
7/3/2021 1:51 pm

I was thinking — and you know how scary THAT can be. Anyway, I was thinking, have you ever thought of the 'RV' as a vehicle of your dream? I know; it's mostly a tool for cheap laughs and 'classic road trip' movies.

But...

... give it some thought. 😎❗❗❗


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/4/2021 9:29 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    You're right, it only goes as far as Toronto, but I would still relish the voyage. That glass rooftop car and the menu... ooo, I'm sure it would be a classic.

    Hey... ever thought of driving a car across Canada? Do the east coast one year, and do the west, the next?
    I'm thinking motels; oh... my... gosh...
    Can you imagine? lol 😂
    Hey, have you ever seen 'Shitt's Creek'?
    We'd be fine. 😘❗❗
How can I be Canadian and not know Schitt's Creek ? The subtlety of a lot of the humour is lost on many. However, in its last year, it won every major award


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
7/4/2021 9:33 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    I was thinking — and you know how scary THAT can be. Anyway, I was thinking, have you ever thought of the 'RV' as a vehicle of your dream? I know; it's mostly a tool for cheap laughs and 'classic road trip' movies.

    But...

    ... give it some thought. 😎❗❗❗
Never been in an RV. My parents were 'cottagers' so that is the experience I grew up with and enjoyed. Fortunately, I was able to pass that tradition onto my kids. Lots of great memories


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