No need to jet off to some far-flung destination this summer—not when Canada itself is jam-packed with quirky experiences and once-in-a-lifetime thrills. For a truly unforgettable staycation, consider these awesome attractions you likely didn’t know existed.
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The world’s smallest desert
Carcoss Desert, Yukon
Yes, Canada plays host to a desert—albeit the world’s smallest. The dry climate and fierce winds of the Yukon have resulted in the creation of 540 acres of sand dunes in a region that was once the bottom of a large glacial lake. Today, the Carcross Desert’s dunes stretch to the shores of beautiful Bennett Lake, where beach-goers can sunbathe on its fine white sand.
For one adventurous Our Canada traveller, the contrast between the Carcoss Desert and Emerald Lake is the best part of the Yukon.
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An underground slide ride
Horne Lake Caves, British Columbia
Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of caves in all of Canada (there are more than 1,400 of them!). One of the most stunning places to go on a subterranean adventure is at Horne Lake Caves provincial park, where you can spelunk to your heart’s content through absolute darkness. If that isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush, you’ll also have the chance to barrel down the only underground slide in Canada—and rappel through a waterfall!
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Good Knights Medieval Encampment, Alberta
Step back into medieval times and camp like royalty at the Good Knights Medieval Encampment in the Canadian Badlands. Wannabe lords and ladies don’t haul out the RV. No, they bed down in a lavish, medieval-style tent kitted out with queen beds, wooden floors and electricity. You’ll even have access to the throne room (AKA, your very own ensuite bathroom with flushing toilet). Lap up the royal treatment with in-tent breakfasts, archery lessons and medieval feasts.
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