July 1st not only marked Canada day but this year it was also the country’s 150th birthday. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, this country is filled with lakes, forests, glaciers, mountains, and so much more. It is also home to a handful of weird and unusual destinations and natural wonders to see. In celebration of this country, here are 10 of the most unusual spots to visit.
Spotted Lake | British Columbia
Known to be a sacred place that holds healing powers, the Spotted Lake in British Columbia is one of the biggest tourist attractions. Created because of mineral deposits in the water, every summer the lake evaporates and leaves behind the unusual looking circles on the surface of the water. The spots change often in size depending on the level of evaporation and colors can range from blue, green, and yellow based off of the concentrate of minerals in each spot.
Pingualuit Crater | Quebec
Formerly known as Chubb crater, this almost perfect circle crater is found in the north of Quebec in the Ungava Peninsula. The crater was created by a meteorite and is estimated to be over 120,000 years old and is 1,300 feet deep. Due to it’s size, the crater can be seen from space and is also known to be one of the largest and deepest lakes in North America.
Diavik Diamond Mine | Northwest Territories
Though this picture almost appears to be fake, it is in fact real and is a photo of one of the country’s most valuable diamond mines which is also one of the largest in the country. Located in the Northwest Territories only a few hundred kilometers from the province’s capital of Yellowknife, the Diavik Diamond mine was first opened in 2003 and is expected to last through the next 16-22 years.
Crooked Bush | Saskatchewan
With its creepy vibe and almost mythical looking branches, it is no wonder that the aspen trees known as Crooked Bush are such a popular attraction and tourism spot in Saskatchewan. The clump of trees are the only ones that are deformed in such a way in the area and is caused by a mutation which causes the branches of the trees to grow in crooked and twisting yet the reason why it is only these trees in that particular spot that are affected is still unknown.
Joggins Fossil Cliffs | Nova Scotia
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs may appear as a regular old cliff at a first glance yet they are anything but. These cliffs are however, the most complete fossils ever found that show what life was over 300 million years ago in the ‘coal age’ which occurred before the era of the dinosaurs. With the tide of the Bay of Fundy also washing over the fossils twice a day, there is always the possibility of discovering a new fossil on the beach during the low tide.
The Grand Gathering | Quebec
Found in the Gaspe region of the province, these creepy statues that call the sea floor their home, are an award winning art installment created to represent the sea and it’s tides. When the tides are low, visitors can get up close and personal with these statues yet when the tides are in, they disappear completely under the waves.
Cheltenham Badlands | Ontario
Reminiscent of something out of a movie, the Cheltenham Badlands found in Ontario were created due to poor farming practices in the 1930’s. These practices caused soil erosion which in turn caused the shale bed found underneath to be exposed creating the brownish red color. The wavy shape of the badlands was created after the large river that occupied the area dried up.
Mount Thor | Nunavut
Perfect for the adrenaline junkies who are into rock climbing and rappelling down mountains, Mount Thor towers over the valley below. It is also known for having the world’s greatest vertical drop with a height of 1,250 meters, more than twice the height of the CN Tower in Toronto, and drops down at a 105 degree angle.
Sign Post Forest | Yukon
Stretching out across several acres worth of land, the sign post forest was first started by a man who was homesick in 1942 so he put up the first sign to commemorate his hometown. Today the ‘forest’ is home to over 100,000 different signs that visitors have put up themselves. It is also known to be one of the most popular tourist destinations along the Alaskan highway.
Reversing Rapids | New Brunswick
Found at the cross section of where the currents of the Bay of Fundy and the St.John river meets, lies the unique phenomenon known as the reversing rapids. Normally the tide of the St.John river flows downwards but when the tide from the Bay of Fundy overpowers it then the rapids are forced to flow upstream instead, giving the allusion of reversing rapids.
What are some of the most unique or strange things you’ve encountered on your travels? I’d love to hear all about it.