Canada is blessed with many world-class museums, including the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The buildings they’re housed in are as stunning as their vast exhibits. Millions of visitors pour through their doors a year.
But these giant repositories of collected artifacts don’t hold a monopoly on representing Canada, its cultural diversity and its history. The country is dotted with smaller facilities that tell equally compelling stories, sometimes of a region, sometimes of an entire nation. They’re off the beaten path and they’re niche, but they’re still significant, expertly curated and presented, and they give us a visceral connection to Canada’s past. Here are six of the best in this category across Canada.