Take a day trip from the city

  • 30 storeys above ground on the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • 567,811 liters of water per second over Niagara Falls
  • 45 gallons of sap to make one gallon of Maple Syrup at a sugar shack

Leave the bustle of the big city behind and discover a world of natural beauty at the edge of town. On a day trip from Toronto experience the roaring magic of Niagara Falls. Take a bus ride from the downtown core and explore Vancouver's North Shore mountains and thrilling urban adventure parks. From the big city sophistication of Montréal's restaurant scene to the simple pleasures of a Sugar Shack in the forest. All just a short drive away from Canada's major cities. Why choose between a big city break and having fun in the great outdoors when you can have it all?

Alberta

  •  Discover a 6,000-year old sacred site of the Blackfoot First Nations people. Learn about the 'buffalo runners' and the legendary hunt at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump.
  • Hear the roar of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Forest, a place where gigantic, life-sized dinosaurs battle for supremacy! Journey less than an hour from Edmonton and step back millions of years into the past.

British Columbia

  •  Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side over the Capilano Cliffwalk’s suspended walkway — safely anchored 91 metres above the raging Capilano River — and take in 360-degree views of rainforest, waterfalls and wildlife.
  • See Vancouver's skyline from a different angle in the Eye of the Wind, the world's only glass-view wind turbine. Rise up Grouse Mountain on the half-mile Skyride, set your heart racing on a two-hour zipline adventure over canyons and plateaus.
  • Ride an underground train into a mine tunnel, ignite a dynamite explosion and uncover the copper-mining past of Squamish. Spend a day unearthing your inner miner at the Britannia Mine Museum.
  • Step aboard the world's longest continuous lift system for record-breaking views on Whistler's Peak 2 Peak gondola. In summer's heat between July and September, walk in a field of alpine flowers. Between November till April, discover Olympic-quality snow sports.
  • Go island hopping on a Harbour Air scheduled flight from Vancouver to the quaint villages of the Gulf Islands. Soar above the sparkling Georgia Strait, alert for whales and sails down below as you cross the sparkling Gulf Islands.

Nova Scotia

  •  Welcome to one of the best places in the world to eat lobster, choose your own and have it cooked, cracked and served “in the rough” overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Watch as the Fundy tides rise an inch per minute. Be lulled by the charms of a fishing village dating back to the late-18th century.
  • Raft the world's highest tides on the Shubenacadie river. Experience the speed and strength of these rib-rocking rapids with expert guides on zodiac boats. See bald eagles in their natural habitat. Marvel at the Bay of Fundy where a tranquil stream turns into a turbulent rushing river.
  • Walk through the UNESCO world heritage protected site of Old Town Lunenburg, where all the streets are straight and all the corners square, thanks to the British colonial policy of town planning regardless of the topography of the area!

Ontario

  • Step onto a ferry and leave the city behind. Walk onto Toronto’s Centre Island. Let the kids ride an antique carousel. Lose yourself in a corn maze. Open your eyes at the top of the ferris wheel for fabulous views.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Witness traditional and innovative interpretations that will provoke and stir your emotions. Get a close-up look at the work of the Festival’s incredible designers, wardrobe staff and prop-makers, learn a song and dance routine alongside the company.
  • Slip into your rain poncho and get ready to experience the majesty of Niagara Falls. Hear the thundering waters roar during a boat tour. Descend in an elevator through bedrock to tunnels that lead to observation decks at the foot of the falls
  • Explore the leafy expanse of Gatineau Park. Enjoy a lake-side barbecue. Bump overland on a mountain bike trail. Pack a rucksack and head for the hills on a hike. As the snow falls between November and April, enjoy snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.
  • Paddle a canoe on a guided tour of the Rideau Canal Waterway—a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a replica 'voyageur' canoe. Your guide, dressed in full voyageur pantaloons, boots, chemise (shirt) and ceinture fleche (sash), regales your group with stories of the fur trade.

Quebec

  • Feel the spirit of the Huron-Wendat First Nations people. Listen to the stories of generations past. Dine on gourmet cuisine inspired by the flavours of the northern forest.
  • Rent a bike and cycle around L’île d’Orléans in the sunshine for a day of discovering working crafts museums.
  • Connect with small-town Quebec on the New France Route; view shrines, saints and steeples on a spectacular drive between the sea and mountains. Sip, sniff and swirl along the wine route in Brome-Missisquoi.
  • Sit back, relax and breath in the heady scent of pure fresh air as therapeutic waters help soak, shower and steam your cares away at Le Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant. In the near distance the rushing waters of the Diable River lull you into a sense of peace surrounded by the hills of Mont Tremblant.
  • Ride a horse-drawn sleigh back in time to a traditional rustic log sugar shack for dinner. In a grove of century-old maple trees tap your feet to lively Quebec fiddle music. Sip a glass of traditional “caribou" - sweetened wine and whiskey – and savour a feast with fresh maple syrup over everything!

Saskatchewan

  • Discover Saskatchewan's bootlegger past on a tour of Moose Jaw's historic tunnels. Uncover details of American gangsters running whiskey and guns on an interactive theatre tour. Learn heart-wrenching stories of early Chinese immigrants who lived and worked in the tunnels.
  • Experience a cultural gem in the heart of Saskatchewan at Gravelbourg, a Francophone community surrounded by prairies. Take a Heritage Homes tour, visit the museum and learn the story of the early pioneers.
  • Soak up the sunshine through the summer at Regina Beach, take a dip in the waves, enjoy a game of volley ball. Feast on a beach picnic or take a boat trip any time of year.

Weather

When to go
  • Escape the heat of the summertime city from June to August and discover a world beyond the steamy streets. Relax by a shady lake, stroll an alpine meadow or feel the wind in your hair as you cycle a winery route.
  • Marvel at September and October’s fall foliage colours when you take a tour beyond the city limits.
  • Indulge with an April spring fling on a day trip to a farm, coo over baby animals and devour new season fruit and vegetables.
  • What's better than a bracing snow shoe tramp on the nearby mountains, knowing you can snuggle next to the fire when you head back to the city less than an hour away?
Need to know
  • Direct flights serve major Canadian cities, making them perfect as standalone destinations or the ideal gateway to explore further afield on a great Canadian adventure.
  • Grab a day pass and head beyond the city limits, like a local, on public transit. From buses to ferries, subways to trams, Canada's cities make it easy to get around.
  • Want to hook it and cook it? Find out more about fishing regulations across Canada for when you head out on your travels.
Getting Here
  • Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain is accessible via public transit
  • Bus service to-and-from the nearest city/town is available at all ski resorts.
  • Jasper and Le Massif de Charlevoix are accessible via train during ski season.
  • Backcountry tour operators can assist with transportation needs.