You currently think of Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa when you think of Canada. However, the world’s second-largest nation has a lot more to offer its tourists. Here is a list of 5 hidden gems that even some Canadians are unaware of, ranging from natural beauties to interesting attractions:

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

You read that correctly: Canada has a desert! A beautiful sand field spreads for about 100 kilometers south of Lake Athabasca. The sand dunes can reach 30 meters in height. Aside from the feeling of being in a different part of the world, this incredible place has a lot to offer. Lakes, forests, rivers, and even beaches are available for camping and fishing. The park is home to several endemic species and has a unique ecosystem. It can only be reached by float plane. Visitors must be fully prepared and adequately equipped to explore.

Dawson City, Yukon

It’s like stepping into a time machine in this city. It combines the heritage of the First Nations with the history of the Gold Rush and is located on the banks of the Yukon River. This city was the center of the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century. The gold mining industry is still active today, along with a strong tourism industry and a booming arts scene. The northern lights and the midnight sun are just two of the unusual things you can see in this area. Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall, Canada’s first casino, is located there. If, on the other hand, you believe that other attractions are more important (and you are not wrong), you can go to a Canadian casino online.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Dinosaur Park’s breathtaking landscape will make you feel like you’re in a cowboy movie. This park, located in the Canadian Badlands, offers a variety of activities. You can walk around it or take one of the several hiking trails. You can experience it from a new angle by paddling down the Red Deer River.  The best part of all is that you can dig for dinosaur bones! Around the park, there are fossil exhibits and recreations of digging sites. It’s not difficult to imagine what the land looked like before time. To fully enjoy the park, you should stay a few days.

Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island

Just an hour from Charlottetown, all that is standing in the way of a stunning view is a little bit of hike. It’s worth it for the unique rock formations, red sand, sea caves, and beaches! You won’t have to worry about seeing too many visitors when exploring this scenic shoreline. The Teacup Rock is one of the highlights, providing the ideal background for a cool photo.

A secret bamboo garden, Toronto

Even if you are stuck in the city, you will find a little piece of nature. This Toronto’s hidden gem is located in the Terrence Donnelly Centre. It is home to 4-meter-tall bamboos that radiate peace. You are welcome to come and relax on the benches, recharge, and enjoy the silence. It is the ideal urban escape!

And there you have it!  Canada’s varied geological features have an infinite source of natural beauties. I hope this list motivates you to visit new places while staying away from the crowds.