See the Splendor of Canada in the slow lane

  • 23,000 kilometres of the Trans Canada Trail to hike or bike or ride
  • 12 people per voyager canoe makes for a smooth float along the Rideau Canal
  • 40 square kilometres in Toronto makes up Rouge Park

Canada; it’s big and it’s bold, offering opportunities for every level of outdoor adventure and excitement. It’s easy to find your comfort zone anywhere across the country. Without any previous experience, many outdoor activities are at your doorstep or easily accessed from major urban centres. You can spend the day drifting with the tide to watch whales as they slip through the waters near Victoria, B.C. Or, drift high above the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains to view an endless display of snow clad distant peaks. Ride an enormous bus out onto one of Canada’s largest icefields in Alberta to taste freshly melted glacial water or, walk the sun-drenched trails with a paleontologist to discover a dinosaur bones in Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park. Maybe you’d like to watch the cows come home while relaxing on a ranch in Saskatchewan or amble through urban parks where the city all but disappears. How about riding bikes along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario in the stunning splendor of fall when maple leaves cascade from the trees in a burst of autumn colour. Or, stroll into the woods in Quebec to see just how maple syrup is really made. The eastern maritime provinces are rugged stunning landscapes worthy of road trips that lap the islands. Don’t forget to slip into a kayak to paddle in quiet little coves. Canada is rugged, it’s raw and can be wild but that’s doesn’t mean all journeys are white-knuckle challenges. Come and explore at your own pace and never, ever, feel like you have to hurry.

Alberta

  • Soak up the scenery while soaking in deliciously relaxing Canadian Rockies Hot Springs.
  • Hike through the badlands to explore for ancient dinosaur bones in Dinosaur Provincial Park.
  • It's easy! Strap on some crampons and walk up a frozen stream on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk.
  • Take a summertime tour along the Icefield Parkway in a motorcycle sidecar.
  • Ride in an enormous buggy to walk out onto a sun-lit glacier.
  • Take a gentle hike to a majestic vista then reward yourself with a mountain top chocolate fondue.

British Columbia

  • Stroll the secluded beaches of Tofino on Vancouver Island and watch as storms bring in massive waves.
  • Take a walk through the treetops on a boardwalk trail at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Take the easy way up the mountain to explore alpine meadows using the worlds highest and longest gondola.
  • Take a glorious summertime 8-day wilderness cruise up the inside passage to watch the whales frolic on their annual migration, the eagles fly overhead, the bears survey the coastline and the seals and sea lions sunning on exposed rock formations.
  • Learn about the migration of sockeye salmon as it migrates up the rivers to Salmon Arm in the Okanagan.

Ontario

  • Dodge a giant whirlpool, get drenched by the mist of internationally thundering waterfalls at Niagara Falls.
  • Explore the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ottawa like an early explorer in Voyageur style canoes. At least 12 paddlers per canoe makes the voyage as easy as dipping a paddle in a river! Then come back in the winter to skate on the longest skating rink in the world.
  • Enjoy gentle hikes on a three-day adventure searching for wild mushrooms to spice up your evening dinner.
  • Climb aboard the R.M.S. Segun for a nostalgic steamship cruise on the Muskoka lakes.

Prince Edward Island

  • Take advantage of your island locale by hitting the pristine waters in a kayak or canoe.
  • Explore our three Scenic Coastal Drives where you can explore trails on foot along the wind-swept shores of the Atlantic , each with ocean vistas and shoreline views alternating from red sandstone cliffs to soft pink beach scenes.
  • Hike or bike your way across PEI's famous red sands and green rolling hills, on the Confederation Trail or within the PEI National Park.

Quebec

  • Take a deep breath and immerse your senses as you wander through the botanical gardens of the Montréal Space for Life.
  • Find out why Les Jardins de Metis is considered a premier garden of North America. See how they meld architecture, art and gardens.
  • Ride a horse-drawn carrage to a traditional Quebec maple syrup plantation. Stroll the forest and consider staying overnight in a log cabin for a calssic Canadian breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup.
  • Meet moose and caribou while biking or strolling the rolling trails in the Gaspésie Provincial Park. Then relax under the stars while soaking in the luxury resort spa.
  • Take a walk through historic Quebec at the Plains of Abraham.

Saskatchewan

  • Become a gangster or at least walk through the tunnels to learn the stories as actors re-enact the long tale.
  • Take a week to discover your inner cowboy at the Sturgeon River Ranch.
  • Step out of the city and into an outdoor oasis where wooded trails lead to secluded ponds all by crossing a street in Regina.

Weather

When to go
  • Late Spring through late September is best for hiking the mountains, riding the trails, horseback riding and water sports.
  • Visiting the glaciers in Alberta should be done in summer.
  • Skiing in any part of Canada is best December through March as is watching for storms on Vancouver Island.
  • Whale watching peak season is May through October in British Columbia.
Need to know
  • Bike rentals are available in all major cities, rental skates are available at locations along Rideau Canal and all ski resorts rent skis and snowboards.
  • Motorcycles with sidecars are available through Jasper Motorcycle Tours.
  • Visiting Vancouver Island for storm season is spectacular. Warm and waterproof outwear should be brought along to fully enjoy the experience.