Adventurous Canada with a Twist

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 away from the crowds in Canada

Heli-hiking away from the crowds in Canada

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.

St John's signal hill in Canada

St John’s signal hill in Canada

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.

Chuckwagon racing at Calgary stampede in Canada

Chuckwagon racing at Calgary stampede in Canada

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 in Canada

Black bear watching in Canada

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.

katy_pannellAuthor bio: Katy Pannell is Online Travel Editor at Audley Travel, an award-winning tour operator that specialises in tailor-made trips and small group tours to over 80 countries around the world.

Read on for more adventures:

Skyscrapers and snow-capped mountains – a winter break in Vancouver
Coastal beauty and adventure in New Zealand
Calgary’s family spirit, for fun with the kids

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  • Reply
    Mark H
    July 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Some great suggestions…

  • Reply
    Stuart Forster
    March 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the insights, Heather. I travelled to Saskatchewan last year and was blown away by what Canada had to offer. I hope to return and have been looking for inspiration.
    Stuart Forster´s last blog post ..The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      March 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      @Stuart Sounds great, so glad you had a good time

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