If you thought Toronto and Ottawa were some of Ontario's coolest cities, think again! This hidden city has its own castle and Greek temple but before you start packing your bags, it might be good to know that only feathery beings can reside in these above-ground abodes. Ontario's Birdhouse City is a secret paradise for winged residents.

Ontario is known for its towering escarpments, rocky shores, and lush forests, but the province also houses some unusual hidden gems.

Tucked away in Prince Edward County, you'll find a thriving metropolis just for birds.

Birdhouse City consists of over one hundred unique bird homes and can be found at the Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area. 

Now, these aren't just any old birdhouses. Each one is completely different, and many are modelled after historic buildings in the Prince Edward County region.

The city first started when Doug Harnes, a former superintendent of what is now Quinte Conservation, recreated the Massasauga Park Hotel as a birdhouse. 

The giant 80-room structure sits atop two poles and is the ultimate retreat for feathered friends.

The bird hotel inspired more creative homes, and soon Birdhouse City was born.

You can find all sorts of interesting houses as you wander through the area, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Other buildings to keep an eye out for are a hospital, teepee, Giant Tiger, O.P.P cruiser, winery, castle, McDonald's, and more.

In true Canadian spirit, the feathery village even has its own Tim Hortons.

Better stock up on Timbits before arriving here though, because this location is for winged customers only.

There is a $5 parking fee for visitors coming to the area. While you're there, you can explore 20 kilometres of scenic trails and tall escarpments.

Next time you feel like leaving the nest, adventure to this elevated city for a totally unique "beak" into the life of birds.

Birdhouse City

Price: $5 parking

Address: Clarke Rd., Prince Edward, ON

Why You Need To Go: Check out this amazing area with over a hundred unique birdhouses. 


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