Few places on the planet provide the year-round variety of adventure that Canada does.
From summer hikes and walks through untouched wilderness, to the famous ski-slopes of Whistler, the Great White North is an exciting destination to experience some of Mother Nature’s finest work.
Here are a few of our personal travel managers’ most daring adventures in Canada.
Biking and hiking
While thoughts of Canada often invoke images of wintry wonder, summertime sees the snow melt away to reveal a diverse and picturesque natural canvas, perfect for hiking and biking. The countryside is woven with tracks and trails for budding adventurers of all abilities.
Take a bike ride along La Route Verte, a 5,000km stretch of cycling paths across Quebec, and enjoy all the best bits of Canada’s French-speaking region.
For experienced hikers, the views along the country’s east and west coast trails are worth every bead of sweat. More casual hikers might consider the Plain of Six trail, which makes for a great day trek through the Canadian Rockies.
Paddling with Orcas
Visit the country’s west in August to get up close and personal with orcas as they prey on the schools of salmon en route for Fraser River.
Whale-watching companies operate vessels out of Vancouver and give passengers front row seats to the ‘killer-whales’ looking to feast. For an even more intimate experience, hop onboard a guided kayaking tour.
Rafting the Rockies
Located in the Canadian Rockies between Yoho and Glacier National Parks, Kicking Horse River is a great place for people of all ages to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting. The river has a number of sections suitable for different levels of experience, from the class 3-4 of the upper canyon to the class 4-5 of the middle and lower canyons.
Book an expert guide and saddle up for a bucking wild and wet time.
A Whistler wonderland
Every year tourists from all around the globe flock to Whistler to experience its world-class skiing facilities. Sitting at the foot of the mountain from which it takes its name, as well as neighbouring Blackcomb Mountain, the 2010 Winter Olympics venue offers skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts some 200 marked runs to suit all skill levels.
If skiing is not your thing or you just feel like chilling out, head over to ‘Scandinave Day Spa’ for a dip in a huge, 20,000 square foot outdoor spa, hire a ski-doo and explore the surrounding forest trails or take a scenic helicopter ride.
Polar Bear Express
Check out Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world; witness the might and grace of polar bears in their natural habitat as they migrate between seasons.
The best time to view these magnificent creatures is during the thick of Autumn, October and November. Local tour operators run guided walks, canoeing trips and tundra tours, or you can opt to stay in one of the protected wilderness lodges on the bear’s migration route.
The town is also a great location for whale watching, dogsledding and chasing the aura of the Northern Lights.
If you’re dreaming of a daring Canadian adventure, get in touch with your personal travel manager or find one here.