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Gophers, Go-Go Boots and Gew-Gaws: Strange Museums in Canada

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Gophers, Go-Go Boots and Gew-Gaws: Strange Museums in Canada

I couldn't stand museums as a kid. Once a year, usually towards the end of summer, my Dad would pile us all into the car and haul us off for an educational afternoon at the Simcoe County Museum in Midhurst, Ontario, just outside Barrie. Little changed in my youthful mind's eye from year to year. The same old buggy, the same turn-of-the-century farming relics (not much to excite a lad who wanted nothing more than to head back home and watch reruns of "Hawaii 5-0." Fast-forward a few decades and I found myself one rainy Saturday staring transfixed at a mountain of the strangest footwear items in the world from go-go boots to tiny beaded slippers worn by French aristocrats at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Ontario. Yes, a M-U-S-E-U-M no less. Had I been missing something? Then I began to hear of assorted museums devoted to all manner of intriguing paraphernalia and subject matter, such as gophers and root vegetables. There's the Potato Museum in Prince Edward Island. Dig that! And on the other side of the country you can get the inside scoop on the lives of gophers at the Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, Alberta. [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington, Alberta. The only one like it!"] Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington, Alberta. The only one like it![/caption] My good friend and travel writer Michele Sponagle has a batch more to share in her well-researched article, Top 7 Strangest, Yet Most Fascinating, Canadian Museums , from the Ottawa Citizen. What's the weirdest or quirkiest museum you've ever visited?
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