Hidden Canadian Gems

It is extremely rare to come across a Canadian who knows every inch of this country back to front.  It’s just such a vast geographical area, that not many people are fortunate enough to explore every nook and cranny.  (Although if you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!)

The Magnetic Hill    46.09800/-64.79777

There’s a place in Moncton, New Brunswick, where magic happens.  Yes, magic.  Or perhaps, some very cool science.  If you park at the bottom of Magnetic Hill and place your car in neutral, by some trick of fate, the car will begin to drive itself backwards up the hill.  Don’t believe me?  YouTube has proof from the intelligent people who decided to film the magic as it happened to them.  But if you’re still not convinced, use the GPS coordinates above to go try it out for yourself; we can’t wait to hear what you find!

The Enchanted Forest     51.0028/-118.1932

In the mid-1900s, an artist named Doris Needham decided she would create a living fairytale.  She and her husband, Ernest, purchased 8 acres of forest in British Columbia to transform into a world of magical scenes from popular folk tales.  Each twist and turn in the path reveals another cottage or waterfall, where gnomes and fairies peer out from behind the ferns and creeping vines.  Besides nearly 400 figurines, the Forest boasts the tallest tree house in British Columbia, which lies in good company among 800-year-old cedars.  

Sable Island     43.9500/-59.9158

300 kilometers off the coast of Halifax, New Brunswick, lies a crescent-shaped island inhabited by wild horses.  The island is made entirely of sand, and is home to many Atlantic shipwrecks as a result of its low-lying profile.  There are an estimated 400 wild horses, descended from the Shetland Pony.  They are believed to have come to the island by a passing ship that held Shetland Ponies, which were abandoned on the island and have established their own isolated community since then.  The Sable Island Ponies, as they are now called, live in peace among harbor and grey seals, surrounded only by a handful of humans who have been permitted onto the island for scientific study.  

L’Anse Aux Meadows     51.5953/-55.5312

At the Northernmost tip of Newfoundland lies a village bundled in history.  It is thought to have been settled by Vikings over 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus’ voyage.  The settlement, comprised of 8 buildings, looks like something out of The Hobbit, and is considered by many to be the distant “Vinland” outpost mentioned in numerous Viking sagas.