5 Strange and Unique Places to Visit Outside of Hamilton

Published August 28, 2019 at 4:27 pm

With the summer slowly winding down, you may think you’ve seen all there is to see for a day trip. However, you may not have heard of some of the strangest and most unique places to visit. Here’s a look at five of the strangest and unique places you can visit outside of Hamilton.

5) Clifton Hill – Niagara Falls

Let’s start with a more popular attraction in the Niagara Falls area. Clifton Hill is a vibrant area of Niagara Falls filled with strange, wacky and unique sights, games and entertainment. There are loads of things to do for visitors of all ages. Guests can ride a giant wheel 175 feet above the falls, play over 300 interactive games at Canada’s biggest entertainment complex, dance at one of the area’s most popular nightclubs, and visit exhibits of strange, the odd and unbelievable things. Where else could you grab a bite to eat and mini-golf next to life-sized dinosaurs?

Photo courtesy Clifton Hill

4) Prehistoric World – Morrisburg

Staying on the subject of dinosaurs, this hidden gem may be a little out of the way for some, but the drive is worth it! Visitors can take a walk through a forest trail with many life-size prehistoric creatures like dinosaurs, sabre-tooth tigers and mammoths! There’s also lots of picnic tables and a sandpit to dig up dinosaur bones, so there are many things to keep younger visitors entertained!

Photo courtesy of Prehistoric World’s Trip Advisor Page

3) The Diefenbunker – Ottawa

The Diefenbunker was first commissioned by then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959, as part of his government’s reaction to escalating tensions in the Cold War. The bunker was made to shelter critical members of the government and military in the event of a nuclear attack on Canada. Guests can take a tour around the bunker, or they can explore on their own. There’s also a lot of side activities for guests, including the world’s largest escape room and an upcoming zombie bunker survival experience!

Photo courtesy of The Diefenbunker

2) Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario – St. Jacobs

What would Canada be without maple syrup? At this museum, visitors can learn about the history of maple syrup production and see artifacts, photographs and displays that describe the local maple syrup industry. Visitors can also purchase maple syrup products nearby at the Farm Pantry.

Photo courtesy of Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario

1) Ottawa Jail Hostel – Ottawa

This is another place in Ottawa that’s too good to pass on this list. This former prison is known for inhumane practices done to its inmates at the time. The hostel is inside the 150-year-old jail, and some say it’s haunted. Guests can sleep near stone walls and iron doors, or even in their own solitary confinement cell. Visitors can also see death row on a free daily jail tour. Anyone can leave whenever they want, and the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market and National Gallery of Canada are all within walking distance.

Photo and Cover Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jail Hostel