Naturally, Canadians were blushing as red as the maple leaf with the recognition.
But hold on, other than mentioning our national parks, a handful of natural attractions, and Ottawa and Montreal, Canada was reduced to being described as "cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between."
Hey man, there's a LOT to see and do here.
Especially off the beaten path, in smaller nooks and crannies of our wonderful country — places like Florenceville, N.B. or Vulcan, Alta.
Check out our list of the most awesome obscure places in Canada, and add your favourite in the comments below.
This former tiny fishing community on Placentia Bay boomed with the discovery of lead ore in the 1850s. But after a century, the town faded away. Today, the gorgeous area — which includes an abandoned mine — attracts hikers and snowmobilers. Go to Hidden Newfoundland for more awesome places.
Édouard Arsenault spent years creating a village of houses made of 25,000 glass bottles. Read more about The Bottle Houses.
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Canada is also home to nearly one million citizens of Polish origin. Wilno is Canada's oldest Polish settlement, having been set up in 1859. There's now a heritage museum, and six other buildings to tour that shows what life was like back then. In this photo, well-wishers in traditional Kaszub costumes greet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in 2012 in Wilno.
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In 1903, an entire mountain came down in a rockslide that buried the mining town of Frank and killed at least 90 people. Take an awe-inspiring trip to the site where boulders are as big as school buses, and learn a bit of the slide's history.
Since the 19th century, aboriginal people have believed in the lake’s healing powers.
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Home to Canada’s largest free-standing cuckoo clock and a shopping plaza meant to look like a miniature Bavarian village. The cuckoo clock is guarded by a man called Happy Hans who pops out every hour and yodels. No joke.
Cap LeMoine, N.S.
Joe’s Scarecrow Village is a Cape Breton landmark. Joe Delaney started it in the '80s when he was trying to protect his garden from crows. The scarecrows now number 50, including likenesses of Ronald Reagan and the band KISS.
Watson Lake, Yukon
Government of Yukon
Located at Yukon's gateway and along the Alaska Highway is the Sign Post Forest. An American soldier posted a sign to his hometown here in 1942.
Government of Yukon
It’s now a tradition for travellers to add their own. The forest now has more than 72,000 signs
Centre d'Art Marcel Gagnon
From 1986 to 2003, artist Marcel Gagnon created more than 100 life-sized sculptures in reinforced concrete, looking like they're coming out of the sea.
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Originally named after the Roman god of fire, the town has embraced everything "Star Trek." The USS Enterprise welcomes visitors to Vulcan.
The Othello Tunnels are a legacy of incredible construction feats in the 1900s. Five tunnels were carved through the Coquihalla River Canyon as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Kettle Valley Railroad.
Walking through the giant rock arches make you realize how much work and sacrifice went into the railway using ladders, ropes and suspension bridges.
Moose Jaw, Sask.
Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Originally built in the 1900s to run steam power in the city, the tunnels of Moose Jaw became the underground home of persecuted Chinese immigrants. Later, it was used for bootlegging with rumours that infamous gangster Al Capone hid out here.
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