Hidden Gems – You Mean Another Gold Rush?
When someone thinks of visiting Canada, the first few places that come to mind are most likely: Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Why? Because these are the most internationally connected cities in the country. But besides just going to these locations because of their touristy popularity, there are other places either around or in completely different areas that are and should be of interest as well. Here are just a few that we feel you’ll be missing out on if you just go to the popular destinations in Canada.
Horseshoe Adventure Park, Barrie
You’ve heard of Wonderland, La Ronde, Six Flags and the amusement park in Edmonton Mall. But have you ever heard of Horseshoe Adventure Park? We highly doubt that you have. And it’s a shame really. Not only can you go zip lining, biking and mini golfing – wait for it. But you can also roll down a hill in a (for lack of a better description) giant hamster ball. You’ll sit in a puddle of cold water and be suspended inside of a second ball as you hurdle down the slope of the hill. Try and see if you can stand up the entire time. Word has it that successful riders of the activity can win a T-shirt and 3 free rides. Seriously though, how much fun does that sound? And besides just rolling down a hill, if you’re interested in a more technical activity, there are archery lessons available on site as well.
Whale Watching, Bay of Fundy
If you need something different to do during a vacation besides just going shopping and visiting museums, why not see if you can spot some whales? New Brunswick has some of the most beautiful coastal lines in Canada and with many companies offering whale watching excursions, it’s difficult to not be tempted. Don’t lay bets on whether or not you’ll actually get a chance to see whales. Try to plan your trip for around October, because that’s the prime time to spot these aquatic mammals. They’ll be crossing the bodies of water in search of a different climate for the winter and you’re bound to run into at least one of these majestic beauties on your visit out to sea.
Anne of Green Gables, PEI
If you had any inkling of a childhood, then you’d fondly remember reading all of the Anne of Green Gables’ novels. And of course, it’s a place that actually exists! How many of those can we appreciate nowadays? You get Harry Potter world that was constructed purely out of the fan base for the novels, but Anne of Green Gables existed before the novels were even written! Make sure to stop by at this heritage site as it’s definitely one of Canada’s hidden gems that you don’t want to miss out on.
Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls
Okay this isn’t exactly a hidden gem, but how often is it that you get to go under a waterfall? That makes it a gem of it own, most people only ever get to see the falls from a ledge. Okay maybe quite often if you’re off in a jungle/forest where there are small falls cascading down into a pool. But really now. A national fall that is shared between two borders and attracts millions of tourists all year long? Bet your answer just did a 180.
If you’ve always admired the Niagara Falls from above, then the next obvious step would be to see it down below. Up close and personal. Yup that’s right. We recommend getting on the Maid of the Mist to ride into the falls and get a first hand experience just how powerful water can be.
Did you know that the city of Niagara is completely powered by the energy that the waterfall creates? Sounds insane? So did we, until we saw how strong the current of the water is. Yup, puts everything into perspective now doesn’t it. So although the falls may belong on the border of the US, it’s a gem to Canada since you can only view it from our side.
Ziplining has never been this cool before. Soar across mountain valleys and forest canopy’s in some of Canada’s longest zipline trails at Superfly. You’ll be going for such a long distance that your speed can even get up to 100 km/h! That’s insane, you’d almost be able to beat a car! With a height of 600 feet high, you’ll really be able to get a bird’s eye view of what the world looks like down below.
If you’re going to be travelling with some youngsters, make sure to try out the Treetop Adventures that’s sure to put a smile on their faces. Run around on obstacle courses that are set up over the forest canopy and enjoy the view with a few steps closer to the ground. Make sure to visit this gem when it’s a little bit warmer in the season to truly appreciate what the breeze has to offer.
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