Canada is a country famed for its beautiful and vaste landscapes, so it seems only natural that there are countless ways to explore the great outdoors. While kayaking on Lake Louise, skiing in Whistler and white water rafting down the Clearwater River are favourites for the seasoned traveller, the following activities offer something just a little bit different from the norm.
Heli-hiking in the Columbia Mountains
What is heli-hiking? As the name suggests, a helicopter transports you to a wild and rugged area of the country usually only accessible after a long and arduous trek. Once here you can enjoy walks lead by expert guides who devise treks based on your abilities and interests, introducing you to your surroundings in a rewarding and informative way.
Heli-hiking is a great way to experience Canada’s great outdoors for those short on time and as hikes can be tailored to your specific needs, is particularly well-suited to those who don’t consider themselves experienced hikers.
Take a haunted hike
On the edge of Canada’s east coast sits the small but historical metropolis of St John’s, North America’s oldest city. It is a place often cloaked in sea mist which gives it somewhat of a mysterious feel – what better place to take a haunted hike?
Learn all about the area’s grisly past, from hangings to murders, as you negotiate the city’s dark alleyways, but keep your eyes peeled for an unexpected visitors – you never know who might join the walk!
Walk amongst the tree tops
Witness Whistler from a whole new perspective on a TreeTrek Canopy Walk. From viewing platforms, suspension bridges and forest boardwalks you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding ancient forest, thick with cedars, hemlocks and firs.
There is a real focus on sustainability here and those with a thirst for knowledge will love the interactive learning incorporated in the activity.
Experience a real-life rodeo
Calgary is the capital of Canadian rodeo and the Calgary Stampede is known the world over for its thrilling competition and $2 million prize. If you happen to be in the city when the rodeo is on, don’t miss the chance to experience the event. Known as ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’, you’ll see the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls take part in bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
While you can’t take part in the activities yourself (for obvious reasons!) there’s still plenty to get the adrenaline pumping, including a number of white-knuckle rides perfect for thrill seekers.
Black bear watching by boat
Canada is famous for its bears, particularly its grizzlies which can be viewed in a number of spots throughout the country, but for something a little different take to the water in search of black bear.
From April until October, the peaceful waters of Clayoquot Sound allow for a unique bear watching opportunity. Jump aboard a local vessel and view these amazing creatures up close as they forage about on the area’s beaches in search of food.
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