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Canada’s Very Best Uncharted Travel SpotsTake your pick from our list of 28 below-the-radar adventures from coast to coast.

PEI's West Point Lighthouse.

• Sing “You Light Up My Life” if you’re so inclined in honour of your accommodation for the night: a real McCoy lighthouse that also operates as a bed and breakfast. The West Point Lighthouse, near Charlottetown, comes complete with couple-friendly perks like a whirlpool and a bicycle built for two.

• Give a rebel yell on the Goliath while reaching heights of 52 metres and speeds of 110 kilometres per hour at La Ronde, a popular amusement park in Montréal. Remember to save the poutine for after the ride.

Grand Beach in Manitoba.• Head to what some have declared to be Canada’s best beach: Manitoba’s Grand Beach, located just 80 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. It was ranked one of the world’s top 10 beaches by Playboy magazine.

• Young in years but old in spirit and cultural traditions, the baby province of Nunavut has loads to offer. It’s an unspoiled destination where you can see soapstone carvers sitting outside, shaping works of art. Slip into The Northern Store to pick up unusual meat for a summer barbecue. Arctic char sausages or muskox, perhaps? Try them with ketchup. Yum!

• Tell the world to bugger off for a while. Canoe over to an isolated island in Kejimkujik National Park, an undeveloped area on the western shores of Nova Scotia. Set up a tent just big enough for two and fall asleep to the sound of nothingness.

• Want to see where your fries come from? Visit the potato museum in O’Leary, PEI. You can’t miss it: Look for the giant, 14-foot fibreglass potato out front. This spud’s for you!

On the set of Corner Gas at the Ruby Cafe in Sask.• Get gassed up with a tour of the real-life locations featured on the Canadian comedy hit Corner Gas. Departing from Regina, CNT Tours offers an up-close-and-personal look at the fictional town of Dog River—actually the tiny, middle-of-nowhere prairie town of Rouleau, Sask. When they happen to be filming there, cast members have been spotted meeting and greeting their fans.

• Fly away—if only in your dreams. Tucked away near the Hamilton International Airport in Ontario is a pure gem of a museum that often flies below the radar. The renowned Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum offers high times to those who want to test their amateur pilot skills on flight simulators and get cozy in a jet-fighter cockpit. With more than 40 aircraft on hand, there has never been a cooler parking lot.

Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta.• Bone up on ancient history at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta., home to one of the most remarkable fossil displays on the planet, from the mammoth Tyrannosaurus rex to the teeny Compsognathus, a chicken-size dinosaur. Brangelina’s family visit here last year made tabloid headlines.

• Walking seems so old-fashioned after zipping around on a Segway HT, a space-age two-wheel vehicle that’s environmentally friendly and a blast to ride. In Canada, you can take a guided tour on one of these babies in Old Montréal after taking a short training course at the Old Port.

• Join the lineup for a chance to chow down on foot-long hot dogs and real milkshakes at Easterbrooks, a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Burlington, Ont. The restaurant serves wickedly good dogs with names like The Super Hoser (peameal bacon, fried onions, tomato and cheese). Featuring hundreds of business cards stapled to the ceiling and walls, most of its decor has been untouched by decorators since the 1940s.

• Dust off those skis! There’s fine glacier skiing to be had at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia until the end of July.

• No need to head to Europe to test the waters. Closer to home in Watrous, Sask.—less than 90 minutes from Saskatoon—is Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa, where you can soak away your stress and aches in thermal, mineral-infused water. Its natural dark-brown colour may resemble espresso, but devotees swear that it can cure what ails you. Post-plunge, indulge in the Manitou Mud Wrap ($70), where your body is slathered in local muck and your skin is polished as smooth as a river stone.

The giant perogy in Alberta.• From the giant perogy on a fork in Glendon, Alta., to the world’s largest coffee pot—the pride of Davidson, Sask.—our highways are dotted with unusual roadside attractions that are perfect for a one-minute stop and photo op. As they say, Go big or go home.

• Birthday suit it at Wreck Beach, Vancouver’s infamous nude beach.

• Forget Florida: The best key lime pie could very well be from Magnolia’s Grill in Lunenburg, N.S. It’s well-loved for some very delicious reasons. Discover them one bite at a time in this picturesque setting.

• If you’ve always wanted to bond as a couple over a rod and reel, here’s your chance: Tuckamore Lodge, located near St. Anthony’s on the northern tip of Newfoundland, caters to rookies and veterans alike. It has the gear, techniques and know-how to land the best trout, salmon and char. End your day with a sauna by the lake and steamy bowls of homemade seafood chowder.

• Blaze a trail along the row of pubs that line George Street in St. John’s. The nightlife rocks The Rock to the core. Say hi to Russell Crowe if you happen to see him visiting O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub again.

Toronto's Distillery Historical District.• Tiptoe over the cobblestones while visiting Toronto’s newest attraction, the Distillery Historical District, a favourite setting for filmmakers (see X-Men and Chicago). Formerly home to a booming booze biz, this warehouse-festooned area has been glossed up with cool cafés, chic shops and patios perfect for tossing back brewskis. Try the Mill Street Original Organic Lager.

• Make your skin crawl in Ottawa by taking the Haunted Walks tour around the capital’s city centre. Ghostly apparitions are said to roam the streets and public buildings like the Canadian Museum of Nature. The west wing of the fourth floor remains empty—reportedly because it’s haunted.

Ziplining in Whistler.• Fly through the air with the greatest of ease, courtesy of ziplines, a series of steel cables stretched between treetops and connected by platforms. The idea is to clip yourself to the line and let gravity whiz you along. Sign up for this thrill at Ziptrek Ecotours, which is based in Whistler, B.C. Its tours take you through untouched coastal rainforest at heights of up to 80 feet.

• Go deep. Scuba dive in what some call the graveyard of Lake Ontario. Throughout history, the waters between Point Petre in Prince Edward County and the Main Duck Islands have swallowed up a bounty of schooners, barges and steamers. Check out packages that explore the wrecks from Ducks Dive.

• Eat, drink and be merry. Nosh your way through the Gourmet Route, a delicious trail that snakes through the pastoral scenery of Île d’Orléans, a peaceful island just five kilometres from Québec City. Local producers of everything from cheese and chocolate to cider and buttery croissants dot the rolling roads. Your tummy will thank you.

• Want sweets for your sweetie? Accept no imitations. Get a sugar shock with a Nanaimo bar from Scotch Bakery—the originator of this addictive confection—located in, duh, Nanaimo, B.C.

Ragged Ass Road in Yellowknife.• Saunter down Ragged Ass Road. The notorious street—whose name was borrowed by Tom Cochrane for a 1995 album title—is a true-blue attraction in Yellowknife. So many tourists have pilfered street signs that the city began selling reproductions to visitors to prevent it from blowing its fiscal budget on replacements.

• For an eco-adventure that doesn’t mean roughing it too much, Outside Expeditions offers an inn-to-inn kayaking trip on PEI. With pristine beaches and picturesque surroundings by day, warm beds and gourmet meals by night, it’s perfection.

• Whether you’re a wimp or warrior, you’ll find a slice of the Kettle Valley Railway to suit your mountain biking skills. This defunct railway route—with its rails now removed—is one of British Columbia’s most scenic cycling routes. Fortify your energy reserves by bringing along a stash of those Nanaimo bars.

Cliffs near Cape Enrage in New Brunswick.• Tap into your inner Batman. Rappel down 140-foot cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy, near Cape Enrage, N.B. Using arm and leg power, it takes about two hours to descend, but much longer for your biceps and triceps to stop screaming.

A travel writer extraordinaire, Michele Sponagle has visited more than 40 countries around the world.