Canada's 8 unusual attractions

Date Posted: 10/12/2014

As far as emblems go, Canada is best known for its maples, mountains and mounties. But look beyond the syrups, stirrups and snow and you can discover another side to the country - we've compiled a list of Canada's unusual attractions!

The True North is also the place to go to see sights like UFO landing spots, pumpkin paddling, and bathtub racing. 

Here are a few of Canada’s quirkiest attractions…

Trekkie town

To the residents of the Alberta town of Vulcan, Star Trek provided an interstellar opportunity to build a nine metre high replica of the Starship Enterprise, along with a Star Trek themed Visitor Information Office.

Polar bear selfies

At Cochrane , Ontario's Polar Bear habitat, the human pool is separated from the bear pool by a thick pane of clear Plexiglass - perfect for aquatic photo ops with the sanctuary's newest ursine resident, Ganuk.

Bathtub boating

Every July in Nainamo, British Columbia, hosts the International World Championship Bathtub race , a high seas challenge featuring ocean worthy crafts shaped like old style bathtubs , with 'tubbers' vying to bathe in the glory of finishing first.

Forest signs

In 1942, an American G.I, working on the Alaska Highway posted a sign in the woods near the Yukon town of Watson Lake, to mark how far he was from home. Today, Watson Lake has over 70,000 signposts, along with a Northern Lights Space and Science Centre.

Pumpkin paddle

Every October , contestants hit the waters of Lake Pesaquid in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley in huge, hollowed out home-grown gourds, weighing up to 363 kg to compete in the annual Pumpkin Parade and Regatta.

Spud stories

Surrounded by fertile fields of tasty tubers, the Canadian Potato Museum, in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, houses the world's largest collection of potato harvesting machinery. Spud-struck visitors can also peruse its Potato Hall of Fame.

E.T phone home

In 1960, the Alberta town of St. Paul decided to attract visitors from far and wide by building a UFO landing pad. This alien - alluring attraction now includes a UFO tourist information centre that details UFO sightings

Canoe capital

Before planes, trains and automobiles, canoes were Canada's main mode of transportation. The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, showcases more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

This article was compiled by Mark Sissons from Canadian Tourism. The text has been modified from the original.

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