Stunning lesser-known destinations in Canada that will blow your mind.

For anyone planning to travel to Canada, Niagara Falls in Toronto or the skyline in Vancouver are more than likely top on your destination list. But Canada has a lot more to offer than that. The country which spans over 10 million square kilometers is bound to have many hidden gems that travellers are not well aware of. Don’t worry though, we have you covered with the five must-see, lesser-known destinations in Canada.

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

The Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is located at the south shore of Lake Athabasca and stretches roughly 100 kilometres. You won’t find many dunes like the ones at Athabasca with dunes that reach a peak of 30 meters high. Not just that, the ecosystem of the dunes is exotic with plants, insects, and animals which are not commonly found. Getting to the park isn’t easy as the only access is through a float plane. But it will be an adventure you won’t forget. Just be sure you are covered with travel insurance in case any accidents were to happen.

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park lesser-known destinations in Canada

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Canada. Photo: Tim Beckett via Flickr

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO Heritage Site in the southeastern region of Alberta. The reason why it is known as Dinosaur Provincial Park is due to the numerous fossil beds found in the region. These have helped in the identification of nearly 35 species of dinosaurs, making the destination both educational and fun for the whole family.

According to UNESCO, Dinosaur Provincial Park – located at the heart of the province of Alberta’s badlands – contains some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made from the ‘Age of Reptiles’, in particular about 35 species of dinosaur, dating back some 75 million years.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada. Photo: JMacPherson via Wikimedia Commons

Haida Gwaii, BC

One of the reasons why Haida Gwaii remains a hidden gem is the fact that it is a bit difficult to access. The moss-covered rainforest offers visitors a unique ecosystem with hidden ancient villages. Think of it as Canada’s own Machu Picchu. The only thing is, the territory is made up of 150 rocky islands and you can find over 500 archeological sites on them. From the moment you lay your eyes on the territory, you will be mesmerized. At the same time, the landscape and ecosystem present tourists with an adventure like no other.

Haida Gwaii, Canada

Haida Gwaii, Canada. Photo: Murray Foubister via Flickr

Sucrerie de la Montagne, Quebec

For anyone planning on going to Montreal, Sucrerie de la Montagne should not be missed. The heritage destination is actually a sugar shack that offers visitors various activities that range from carriage rides, live music, to eating pulled maple taffy. It gives tourists a fun-filled day with activities they normally would not be able to experience. You may want to consider giving your dentist a visit afterwards though.

Sucrerie de la Montagne, Canada

Sucrerie de la Montagne, Canada. Photo: abdallahh via Flickr

Parkland Region, Manitoba

Manitoba may not be on top of your destination list but you may want to pay Parkland Region a visit. The landscape of the region which consists of mountain peaks, woodlands with lakes and rivers, will leave you in awe. For anyone that enjoys the outdoors, this is a place you have to visit as there are numerous trails to conquer. The region also has plenty of eateries for the foodies and a huge farming community. Even if you aren’t outdoorsy, this location is one that you must visit for all the views it has to offer.

Parkland Region, Canada

Parkland Region, Canada. Photo: Intermedichbo via WikiCommons

The five destinations listed above should have your itinerary filled with beautiful landscape, adventure, and loads of activities. So skip the usual and travel to these lesser-known destinations in Canada instead.

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