Just like any other country, Canada has some weirdo places to visit. Stretching from ocean to ocean in the Western hemisphere, Canada is a very multicultural country that was founded in a skirmish between the French and the British and survived an early war-time scare with its now friendly neighbours the United States. In fact, don’t tell an American this, but Canada is the only enemy country to have ever occupied Washington D.C. Needless to say, it was born weird and filled to the brim with unique characters from across the globe looking for a new lease on life in the New World. JustFly recently released their list of the top Canadian destinations for the holidays. The JustFly review focused mostly on big cities, but we wanted to take a look at some of the weirder things you can do in the Great White North. I’ve backpacked twice in Canada including Niagara, Toronto and Winnipeg, so here’s a quick top 3 unmissable and unique attractions.
1.Live Long And Prosper In Vulcan, Alberta
Vulcan, Alberta is located near Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s third most popular destination according to JustFly. When Star Trek premiered in 1966 Vulcan took the opportunity to cash-in, making itself the official Canadian capital of The Final Frontier. Originally named after a Greek God, Vulcan learned to embraced its Spockian roots, turning this town of less than 2,000 into a shrine to the beloved series. Featuring a massive model of the Enterprise, a tourist office loaded with memorabilia, and other fun Star Trek-inspired experiences, Vulcan is a must-see city when it comes to experiencing the weirdness Canada has to offer.
2.O’Noir’s Blind Dining
This place is not for clean freaks. O’Noir is a restaurant experience where one eats in complete blackness. Located in both Toronto and Montreal, which placed in first and fifth on the JustFly list, this restaurant features blind waiters and a presumably expert cleaning staff. Offering up top notch food, O’Noir also isn’t short on giving customers a truly unique experience.
3.Hang On For Dear Life At Toronto’s CN Tower
Not off the map by any stretch as shown by the JustFly list, Toronto is home to the CN Tower. Built in 1976 and measuring 553 metres tall, the CN Tower originally offered scares by allowing patrons to walk across its glass floors. The CN Tower took it to the next level in 2011, opening up their EdgeWalk platform.
This platform is built on top of the main pod of the tower and allows people to circle the tower using a safety harness. Dangling at a height of 356 metres, you would get quite an eyeful of Toronto’s splendid skyline, while certifiably scaring yourself to death at the same time. I’ve been up to the top of CN Tower twice now, on both my visit to this city, the city which gave Don’t Stop Living its title.
These are just three of the craziest sights you see in Canada. In researching this article I came across several honourable mentions including a snake pit in Manitoba, a giant meteor lake in Quebec, or any of the crazy groundhog day festivals that determine the fate of Spring every February. Canada is just full of crazy characters and critters.