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Top 10 Strange Places in Canada

From thousands of snakes to thousands of feet above earth, these strange, wild and unusual destinations make Canada one of the craziest places on earth. Prepare yourself for a visit to the strangest places in Canada. 

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1. Strange Places in Canada: Race Giant Pumpkins, Windsor, N.S.

Check out strange places in Canada. They grow their boats for one of the strangest tourist attractions in Atlantic Canada. Every autumn people travel from around North America to the Windsor area of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley to watch a bizarre regatta race – people paddling giant pumpkins. The festivities kick off with the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, and then a week later on the second Sunday in October its the annual Pumpkin Parade and Regatta. Some of the PVC’s (Personal Vegetable Craft) weigh over 800 lbs.

(Photo courtesy of Origamidon/Flickr)

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2. Strange Places in Canada: Most Snakes at a Glance, Narcisse, Manitoba

Check out this strange place in Canada. A true toe-curler: every spring and fall tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes crawl between grassy marshes and their winter dens in Narcisse, about 130 km north of Winnipeg. There are four dens in the Narcisse Snake Dens Conservation Area, plus special viewing platforms and a 3.0 km interpretive trail. In the spring you can see their mating ritual, which includes up to a hundred rolling into ball around a female. In early September they will begin returning to their dens for the winter.

(Photo courtesy of S.L.M./Flickr)

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3. Strange Places in Canada: Vulcan (the Trekkie town), Alberta

Get your Spock ears at this strange place in Alberta. The Southern Alberta town of Vulcan (pop. 1,836) was named for the Roman God of Fire, but when the Star Trek TV series popularized the word, they embraced the opportunity to use it to attract tourists. Today you can see a mounted 9-metre replica of the Starship Enterprise steps from the Star Trek-themed Visitor Information Office. Stop in to see Star Trek memorabilia, put on a Star Trek costume for a photo, and play a virtual reality Star Trek game. Leonard Nimoy visited in 2010. An annual Star Trek-themed convention is held each June.

(Photo courtesy of Travel Alberta Canada)

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4. Strange Places in Canada: More Than 70,000 Signs, Watson Lake, Yukon

See this strange place in Canada: Watson Lake, which is a gateway to the Yukon for travellers driving north from British Columbia, is home to a forest that has about 72,000 signposts. This all started in 1942 during the building of the Alaska Highway, with a U.S. Army G.I. who posted a sign to his hometown, and the mileage. It became a tradition for travellers. You can hang a sign yourself, and while you’re there you can also visit the Northern Lights Space and Science Centre.

(Photo courtesy of Arthur ChapmanFlickr)

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5. Strange Places in Canada: Testicle Festival, Calgary, Alta.

Here’s a dining experience you won’t forget. Calgary’s thirty-two-year-old Buzzards Restaurant is known for its ‘Cowboy Cuisine.’ Each year during the Stampede, with its adjoining pub Bottlescrew Bills, they launch a ‘Testicle Festival’ just in time for the tourists. As they say: “Try our prairie oyster fritters or bacon-wrapped “tendergroin… What better time to, uh…go nuts?” The restaurant and is located behind the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. When the Royal Couple visited the stamped in 2011 they introduced a new dish – The Crown Jewels.

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6. Strange Places in Canada: Swim With a Polar Bear, Cochrane, Ontario

Put your child in a pool with a polar bear for a photograph? What a great and strange place in Canada. Oh heck, get in the photo, too. At the Polar Bear Habitat in Cochrane, Ontario there is a wading pool adjoining the polar bear’s swimming pool, which is separated by thick clear plexi-glass. The newest resident of the five-acre sanctuary is two-and-a-half year old male Polar Bear Ganuk. Ganuk’s father Inukshuk lives at the Toronto Zoo. The habitat is a facility for rehabilitating Polar Bears, designed to provide a natural habitat similar to being in the wild.

(Photo courtesy of Eskimo Jo/Flickr)

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7. Strange Places in Canada: Bathtub Racing, Nanaimo, B.C.

Every July Nanaimo plays host to the World Championship Bathtub Race. Every boat that competes in the 58 km race has to include a component with the general shape and design of an old style ROLL EDGE bathtub. Run by the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Racing Society, this all started in 1967 with 200 tubbers competing as part of the celebration for Canada’s 100th birthday. Now the race is part of the annual four-day Nanaimo Marine Festival. What a strange place in Canada!

(Photo courtesy of Kam’s World/Flickr)

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8. Strange Places in Canada: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, N.B.

Walk into the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in downtown Fredericton and don’t be shocked if you see someone, or several people, lying on the floor in the centre of the lobby. One of the best know works in the gallery is a very large Salvador Dali painting ‘Santiago El Grande’ that hangs in the lobby, and it’s said that if you lie down and look at it from below the horses seem to be jumping out of the canvas in 3D. This is a wonderful strange place in Canada. 

(Photo courtesy of Fredericton Tourism)

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9. Strange Places in Canada: Dining in the Dark, Montreal and Toronto

Here’s a different spin on a blind date at this strange place: Montreal and Toronto have restaurants where you dine completely in the dark. The restaurants are named O.NOIR and the pitch for dining in the pitch black is: “When you eat without your sight, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food.” It’s a style of dining that was begun by a blind pastor in Zurich who wanted his dinner guests share his experience. The wait staff are visually impaired. The cooks are not.

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Burpee/Flickr)

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10. Strange Places in Canada: Canada’s Tallest Structure, Toronto, Ontario

They call it an ‘Extreme Urban Adventure’, Guinness World Records has designated it the ‘Highest External Walk on a Building.’ For almost a half-hour you get to walk ‘hands free’ on an outside ledge around the CN Tower, 356metres (1,168ft) above the ground! At one point participants lean out over the edge, backwards. The guided activity is operated between May and October in all weather conditions, except for electrical storms and high winds. Another great and strange place in Canada. 

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