7 Canadian Wonders to Discover This Summer


Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains get a lot of attention, but did you know Saskatchewan is home to the largest T. Rex fossil on the planet? Or that sand sings in PEI? Here are our picks for the Canadian gems to seek out this season.

July 1, 2019
Desert landscape in Carcross, Yukon
   Photo: Government of Yukon, J Kennedy
  1. Wander in the world’s tiniest desert, Carcross, Yukon —

    Even though it’s earned this title, Carcross Desert is not technically a desert, but the bed of a former glacial lake. Regardless, soft, beach‑vacation‑quality sand spans 640 acres, surrounded by spruce trees and mountain peaks.

A bridge running through a stone wall, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
   Photo: Natulive Canada
  1. Hike a historic railway route, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, B.C. —

    This 3.5‑kilometre rail trail, known as the Othello Tunnels, takes you along the railway passage and over the bridges that were carved through the Coast Mountains when the Canadian Pacific Railway built the Kettle Valley Railroad in 1914.

A giant patterned Ukrainian style egg
   Photo: Travel Alberta
  1. Stand beneath a giant pysanka, Vegreville, Alberta —

    Built in 1974 as a nod to the area’s Ukrainian population, this nearly 10‑metre‑high egg’s pattern contains 524 star patterns and 2,208 equilateral triangles. It’s no wonder it took more than 12,000 hours to complete.

T-rex skull on display at the T.rex Discovery Centre
   Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Greg Huszar Photography
  1. See the world’s largest T. Rex skeleton, Eastend, Saskatchewan —

    Its nickname is Scotty, you can find it at the T.rex Discovery Centre (close to where it was uncovered in 1991) and, earlier this year, paleontologists crowned the dinosaur the biggest tyrannosaurus ever discovered – take that, “Sue” in Chicago.

Aerial view of an impact crater in Lake Manicouagan
   Photo: NASA
  1. Kayak an impact crater, Lake Manicouagan, Quebec —

    Known as the “eye of Quebec,” this ring‑shaped body of water formed when an asteroid struck millions of years ago. It’s one of the largest impact craters on Earth.

The “Singing Sands” beach in Basin Head Provincial Park
   Photo: Tourism PEI, Sander Meurs, Basin Head
  1. Hear the sand sing, Basin Head Provincial Park, P.E.I. —

    Ditch your flip‑flops: Due to high amounts of silica in the sand, walking on “Singing Sands” beach produces a satisfying squeaking sound underfoot.

Driving at low tide across the path between the mainland and the Van Horne Estate
  1. Drive on the ocean floor, Ministers Island, New Brunswick —

    Thanks to the area’s powerful tides, the water between the mainland near St. Andrews and this 500‑acre island, home to the historic Van Horne Estate, clears daily, allowing cars (and pedestrians) to traverse a bar road.