Whether you enjoy exploring places by looking at the maps or are looking for area highlights, the Backroad Mapbook has you covered. The Backroad Attractions section is full of neat places to see. From the dramatic waterfalls and soothing natural hot springs of BC to the romantic beaches and historical lighthouses of the Maritimes, we help you explore Canada like no other guidebook series or map maker.
On top of the many Backroad Attractions listed in the writing, backroad explorers will find countless highlights on the maps. Although we do mark popular or scenic highways, many backroad enthusiasts simply look on the maps to find out of the way roads, off-roading short cuts between highways or scenic lake or oceanside road systems. So if you are looking for a different day trip, a nice weekend getaway or just need to get out of the city let the Backroad Mapbook be the start of every adventure!!
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Northwestern Ontario: Husky the Muskie (Map 34/A6)
Husky the Muskie is a 12 metre (40 foot) high sculpture of a muskellunge found in McLeod Park in Kenora, Ontario. The giant fish was constructed in 1967 and is one of Canada's best-known roadside attractions.
Nova Scotia: Burncoat Head Lighthouse (Map 29/E6)
Originally built in 1859 in Cobequid Bay, the first lighthouse was separated from land by the Bay of Fundy tides pounding against the shore. A second tower was destroyed by fire in 1972, but this replica was built in 1994. Open to the public, it is found on the Glooscap Scenic Trail and Route 215, 5 km from Noel or 3 km from Minasville.
Northern BC: Liard River Hot Springs (Map 79/D1, 89/F7)
Liard River is Canada's second largest hot spring and is an extremely popular stop for travellers along the Alaska Highway. There are two large pools here, Alpha and Beta, both of which are quite warm; Beta pool is larger and deeper, but about ten degrees Celsius cooler than Alpha (42ºC, versus 52ºC or 108ºF versus 125ºF). In 2005, a new day-use fee was put into effect. Due to the popularity of the site, some of the 53 campsites in the park can be reserved.
Southern Alberta: Head-smashed-in Buffalo Jump (Map 11/E4)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the world's oldest, largest and best-preserved buffalo jumps. It is located 18 km (11 miles) northwest of Fort Macleod. Native people used to chase buffalo over a cliff here and then carve up the animals in a camp below. There is a $10-million interpretive centre, built into the sandstone cliffs. The centre introduces visitors to the ecology, mythology, lifestyle and technology of the local Blackfoot peoples.
Manitoba: Inglis Grain Elevators (Map 31/D4)
The Inglis Grain Elevators site is a national historic site, which was officially recognized in 1996 as more and more elevators from the prairies gave way to Inland Grain Terminals. The site consists of five, original, slope-roofed wooden grain elevators build during the golden age of the prairies. An interpretive centre in the Paterson Elevator has informative exhibits and displays. Inglis is also located on the Trans Canada Trail.
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