The north is full of surprises, some better, some worse, and some totally up for debate. Though there are many incredible things to see and do that are universally enjoyed coast to coast, we believe that it’s also important to showcase some of Canada’s alternative destinations as well. After all, beauty and fun are in the eye of the beholder! If you’re like us and can also appreciate those darker, more peculiar attractions and activities offered by each province, here are 10 bizarre places in Canada that you have to add to your ‘must-visit’ list.

FAIRVIEW LAWN CEMETERY

 

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An eerily popular destination among James Cameron fans, Halifax’s Fairview Lawn Cemetary is actually the final resting place for over 120 victims of the RMS Titanic – 42 of which have still never been identified. Reportedly, after the tragedy in 1912, the city was burdened with having to collect and process the bodies due to its close proximity to the disaster – it’s grim, but they were so overwhelmed they had to use a nearby curling rink as a makeshift morgue. As you can imagine, since the release of the movie, many have visited the site leaving ticket stubs at various graves – the most popular? One J. Dawson.

Where: 3720 Windsor St, Halifax, Nova Scotia

THE DOWNTOWN HOTEL

 

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Fancy a drink? If you ever find yourself in Dawson City, Yukon, you have to check out The Downtown Hotel, home of the world-famous ‘sour toe cocktail.’ A shot of whisky garnished with a REAL human pickled toe, this stomach-churning drink has been “enjoyed” by many over the years. As the story goes, Dick Stevenson, the inn’s bartender was a man with a sick sense of humour and, after finding a frostbitten toe, had the wonderfully awful idea to serve it to customers. Who knew it would be such a been a hit, still served nearly 50 years after it was first served.

Where: Corner of Second and Queen, Dawson City, Yukon

THE GOPHER HOLE MUSEUM

This is certainly not your run-of-the-mill exhibition, folks. Located in Torrington, Alberta – this World Famous Gopher Hole Museum has nearly 50 scenes set up featuring stuffed gophers doing very human things like barbecuing, getting married, and more. Wholesome.

Where: 208 1 St SW, Torrington, Alberta

NARCISSE SNAKE DENS

An absolute nightmare destination to many, The Narcisse Dens of Manitoba are home to thousands upon thousands of red-sided garter snakes, which all head to the location’s surface to mate every spring.

Where: MB-17, Narcisse, Manitoba

COOMBS OLD COUNTRY MARKET 

 

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Have you ever wondered if food tastes better when eaten under a roof of hungry goats? At the Coombs Old Country Market, you can actually find out! Opened in the 70s, this family-owned market was originally just that, a market, but as the years passed and different family members inherited the property, they got more and more creative – one day “unwittingly building the most famous sod-roof building in the world” and “borrowing” goats to mow the grass. Now you can grab a bite knowing that a few four-legged creatures are doing the same above you.

Where: 2326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, British Columbia

OAK ISLAND

Pirates, treasure maps, riddles, and subliminal clues? While this might all sound like something out of a Hollywood script, many actually believe that Oak Island in Nova Scotia sits on millions of dollars in diamonds and gold buried by the pirate Captian Kidd in 1701. Over the years, and even now, MANY have and will travel to the island in hopes of finding something – going to extremes to do so.

Where: Oak Island, Nova Scotia

MUSEUM OF THE FLAT EARTH

 

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The Earth is round. Those who are sane know this, but aren’t you curious as to why so many subscribe to the theory that it’s not? Located on Fogo Island – which is actually considered to be the corner of the “flat earth” – visitors can actually visit an entire museum dedicated to the Canadian Flat Earth Society. Who knows, you might just walk away a believer.

Where:  Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland

LAKE MINNEWANKA GHOST TOWN

 

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Though it might look like just your regular Alberta lake, this could not be farther from the truth. Hidden under the surface is actually an entire ghost town that you can actually scuba dive through – if you’re experienced and qualified to do so. Not ready to put your head below the water? They also have a cruise made just that much better by the fact you know what’s hidden under the boat.

Where: Lake Minnewanka, Alberta

TREMBLE ISLAND

 

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Located on the Nakwakto Rapids, which is said to have the fastest flowing rapids on Earth, you’ll find Tremble Island – a tiny little blip in the middle of the water that actually moves with the current. According to one land surveyor who was there on a day where the tides were at their peak, he actually had to stuff grass in his ears and lay flat on the ground with a grip on some nearby grass to keep from flying all over the place. Is this true? Well, there’s only one way to find out – though it’s probably not worth it. Maybe just observe from afar.

Where: Seymour Inlet, Mount Waddington A, British Columbia,

MOUNT THOR

 

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Considered to have the Earth’s greatest vertical drop, this is not one that we’d recommend checking out if you’re afraid of heights. Named after the Norse Thunder of God (Not Chris Hemsworth), the peak of Mount Thor towers 4,101 ft above the ground and is only 15 degrees from being a perfect 90 drop. Wild.

Where: Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

HAPPY WOODLANDS PET CEMETARY

 

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Established as Canada’s first and only pet cemetery in 1933, Happy Woodlands (sometimes referred to as Woodlawn) still sits, totally abandoned, with several gravesites dedicated to beloved cats and dogs. Luckily though, in order to preserve the area, this bizarre destination has since been granted heritage status.

Where: 14253 Yonge St, Aurora, Ontario

There you have it, friends. The most bizarre places you can visit in Canada. Let us know what your favourite northern oddity is if we missed it – we want to hear from you!