8. Big Muddy Badlands, Sask.
Due to its close proximity to the U.S. border, Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy Badlands served as an escape route and hideout for various American outlaws during the 1890s. Secretive caves, deep ravines, and ceremonial circles dot the land that falls under the shadows of the 70-metre high Castle Butte, a huge rock formation left behind from the Ice Age. Today, tourists can immerse themselves in the history of Canada’s Native People, the Northwest Mounted Police and the cunning desperados who once roamed the Big Muddy Badlands. Organized tours depart from the town of Coronach.
(Photo © Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker)
9. Canada’s Most Famous Sub – Que.
Come to Québec to climb inside the Onondaga, the only submarine in Canada that’s open to the public. Pointe-au-Père, a district in the city of Rimouski, is your HQ for a behind-the-scenes look at over 200 years of maritime history. Located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Québec, Pointe-au-Père showcases the Empress of Ireland Pavilion – a tribute to the doomed passenger ship that sunk during a trans-Atlantic journey in 1914 – as well as the striking Pointe-au-Père lighthouse, and the famous Onondaga submarine. Having spent 33 years on active missions around the world, the Onondaga is the longest serving sub in Canadian history. And now visitors can climb onboard to discover the secrets of crew life under the waves.
(Photo © Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent)
10. Tall Ships Sail into Ontario
This summer, take advantage of a rare sailing experience! From mid-June through to August, Ontario gets to marvel at the Tall Ships Challenge. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Great Lakes battle during the War of 1812, the majestic ships will be visiting ports in Brockville, Toronto, Hamilton, Port Dalhousie, Collingwood, Owen Sound, Penetanguishine, Midland, Discovery Harbour, and Sault Ste. Marie. Follow them by boat, or view their graceful procession on land. Catch the ships before the sail off into the horizon.