4. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
The ROM is Canada’s largest museum and houses more than six million objects, including a 90-foot-long baurosaurus, a 900-carat cerussite gem and a rare bust of Cleopatra VII. But the building itself is just as fascinating as what’s inside it. In 2007, the ROM opened the Lee-Chin Crystal designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The unusual, crystal-like design is said to have been inspired by the museum’s rock and gem collection. It stands adjacent to the ROM’s original building—first opened in 1914—and its impressive exterior is made of 75 per cent glass and 25 per cent brushed aluminum.
5. Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is Canada’s oldest ballet company and the longest continuously running ballet company in North America. It’s also one of the premiere dance companies in the world. Fortunately, you can catch a show for free during the RWB’s long-running Ballet in the Park. Every summer since 1970, the company performs for a weekend in Winnipeg’s Assiboine Park. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic baskets—the audience watches the show while seated on the grass.
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6. SGang Gwaay, British Columbia
Located on the small island of SGang Gwaay off the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Island archipelago (Gwaii Hanaas), the village of Nan Sdins was once a thriving community of the indigenous Haida people. But by the 1880s, disease had completely destroyed the population. Today, the site is home to the remains of 10 original 19th-century Haida houses and 32 carved mortuary totem poles. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, the village is a testament to the art, culture and history of the Haida First Nation.