7 Little Known Places in Canada
Haida Gwaii Islands, British Columbia
The collection of islands off the coast of British Columbia consist of two main islands, Graham and Moresby as well as 150 smaller more remote ones, some of which are protected as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, named for the indigenous people that make up about half the population. Beautiful hiking trails zigzag through the lush forests making their way to the rocky shores where you can find such sights as the “Blowhole”, a cave that produces a geyser of seawater. A true hidden treasure.
In the heart of the Ottawa Valley you will find one nature’s great wonders, an underground cave network that has been carved throughout time through a limestone hill by the constant rush of the Bonnechere river. As this was the bottom of a tropical sea millions of years ago the area is rich with fossils earning it the title of Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada. Guide tours will lead you through a labyrinth of tunnels that is decorated with ancient coral and insect exoskeletons. A word of warning, prepare yourself for bats.
Cyprus Lake Grotto, Ontario
Located in the Bruce Peninsula Park in Ontario the hidden oasis of crystal clear turquoise waters is a hidden gem. The half hour hike from the park entrance will lead you to the underground caves where you will find what is probably the coolest place to swim in the whole Georgian Bay area. If you are brave enough shimmy up the cliffs and take a dive for an unforgettable thrill.
Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon
Located in north central Yukon the area officially become a national park in 2000. The park is known for its mountain scape that resembles grave stones rising up from rolling tundra. The changing landscapes produce ecological niches which support wildlife uncommon to this part of the country. Camping and hiking this area also affords you the opportunity to see the aurora borealis, northern lights, which should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Manicouagan Crater and Reservoir, Quebec
Via Flickr | Francis Mansell
The oldest known impact crater is estimated to be 213-215 million years old and the largest still visible. The multiple ring crater is roughly 100 km across at its largest and 70 km at the interior ring forming an annular lake known as the Manicouagan reservoir. Through post impact rebound an island formed in the center of the crater is known as René-Levasseur Island or unofficially the “eye of Quebec”. Located 300 km north of Baie-Comeau in central Quebec, it is best seen from space but nonetheless interesting to visit to experience some of earth’s history.
Let your imagination wander. Imagine sitting there watching herds of massive prehistoric dinosaurs grazing across the plains and valleys. With many self guided tours, you can explore the rich deposits of fossils for days and even participate in organized digs. This glimpse into the past is not something you get everyday.
Basin Head, Prince Edward Island
Via Flickr | Nancy Rose
The beaches of P.E.I. are among some of the best in the world, but unless you have seen them for yourself they are easy to overlook. Towards the eastern end of the island there is a wonderful provincial day park where you can take the plunge off the bridge and enjoy some time on the beautiful white sand beaches. The relaxing ocean breeze will lull your worries away.