If you’re planning a trip to Canada, you might consider visiting Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, or Vancouver. But don’t overlook Northern Canada, which offers visitors the opportunity to get a more unusual, off-the-beaten path glimpse of the country. Comprising Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon, Northern Canada is often cold and secluded, but you can find a trove of incredible things there. We compiled a list of nine such things you can only see in the North, from an igloo cathedral to the world’s tallest vertical cliff.
1. SIGN POST FOREST // WATSON LAKE, YUKON
Since 1942, visitors have brought signposts from their towns to a forest in Watson Lake. The resulting collection of signposts from around the world, dubbed Sign Post Forest, is an unusual, colorful sight to behold in an otherwise rural area along the Alaska Highway. With more than 77,000 signposts, the forest is always growing as more visitors add signs from their towns each day. And if you don’t have a sign on hand, don’t fret. You can make your own sign at the forest’s Visitor Information Center.
2. ST. JUDE’S CATHEDRAL // IQALUIT, NUNAVUT
Located in Iqaluit, a capital city with a large Inuit population, St. Jude’s Cathedral is an Anglican church that serves as the seat of the Diocese of The Arctic. Nicknamed the Igloo Cathedral, the church offers regular worship services in English and Inuktitut, the Inuit language. After a fire destroyed the original igloo-shaped building in 2005, another igloo was built and, after years of fundraising, opened to the public in 2012.
3. A COCKTAIL CONTAINING A HUMAN TOE // DAWSON CITY, YUKON
Even if you consider yourself a beverage connoisseur, you might be surprised by this drink. The bar at Downtown Hotel in Dawson City serves The Sourtoe Cocktail, a bourbon drink containing a real amputated human toe, dehydrated and pickled in salt. A miner with frostbite donated the first toe to the bar, and over 100,000 people have ordered the cocktail since 1973. The bar has since received other toes, amputated due to corns, frostbite, or diabetes. People who successfully drink the cocktail (their lips must touch the toe, but they’re not allowed to swallow it) get to join the exclusive Sourtoe Cocktail…