Best adventure activities in Canada

Get your heart racing with these thrilling Canadian adventures, set in some of the most picturesque corners of the country. No matter what the season (or your fitness level), you're bound to find an activity that suits you.
Dodge the frozen giants of Canada’s Iceberg Alley
See icebergs of every hue and shape in Canada's awesome Iceberg Alley. Read more
Rise with the tide at the Bay of Fundy
Go with the flow when there world's most extreme tide happens.  Read more
Connect with Nova Scotia’s historic Mi’kmaq culture
Step (or paddle) back into a time of Canadian legend, lore and foundation. According to Mi’kmaq legend, the hero Glooscap used his great powers to transform into a giant beaver and, by slapping his tail in the sea, created the peninsula now known as Nova Scotia.   For 10,000 years, these First Nation people have lived on this land, and you can visit the Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to learn about this Indigenous culture through current generations of Mi’kmaq people. [caption id="attachment_21211" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A traditional Mi'kmaq boat- photo courtesy of Eric le Bel.[/caption] Hear stories from spiritual leaders at Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre, see ancient artefacts at the Museum of Natural History, take a tour of the largest collection of petroglyphs in North America – literally history carved in stone – documenting people, animals, hunting, fishing and, later, sailing ships, men with muskets and Christian symbols.   Join four days of family festivities at the Millbrook Pow Wow, and canoe the traditional Mi’kmaq waterway routes.   And, of course, visit Glooscap Cultural and Heritage Centre to learn about this mythical figure born from a bolt of lightning in the sand, whose name means “man from nothing”. Get going: For a Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site trip consult pc.gc.ca. [caption id="attachment_21212" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A traditional Mi'kmaq boat- photo courtesy of Eric le Bel.[/caption] Location: Kejimkujik is 197 kilometres from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Ferries from St John in New Brunswick sail into Digby, which is 86 kilometres from Kejimkujik. “Another park that barely receives a single plaudit back home but in itself could be a fair reason to head to Canada's wild, woolly east coast.” – Craig Tansley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Experience the thrill of a dog sled ride across Yukon’s frozen lakes
Glide across the frozen expanses of the Yukon powered by man's best friend. No visit to Canada is complete without experiencing the energetic thrill of an authentic ride with a sled dog team across a frozen Yukon lake.   Bred to enjoy hurtling alongside their sled teammates across icy expanses, the excited barking of huskies anticipating their next outing will greet your ears before you even see them. [caption id="attachment_20709" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption] Typical tours involve riding either solo or duo, but in both cases you’ll be taught how to steer up to 16 dogs as they rocket full-tilt across one of the Yukon’s beautiful frozen lakes.   With up to 80 centimetres of ice below you covered with a cool 20 centimetres of snow on top, you’ll feel exhilarated as you and your team hurtle from the expansive white bliss of a frozen lake to pull up at your log cabin where a roaring fire awaits. Get going: Mushing is best between November and March. Book a Yukon trip with Adventure World (adventureworld.com.au). Location: Yukon is in the north-west corner of Canada, bordering Alaska. Connecting flights arrive here from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. By bus you can travel the Alaskan highway on a Greyhound. [caption id="attachment_20710" align="alignnone" width="1024"] It's all smile while dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption]  “Sway your hips and move from foot to foot as your yelping, barking team of excitable dogs strain at the leash.” – Nikki Bayley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Find rustic royalty at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Action and beauty abounds at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, one of Canada's most unique.  Read more
Dust off your boots for Vancouver’s incredible West Coast Trail
Stroll along a hikers paradise in British Colombia's West Coast Trail. Originally established in 1907 along Vancouver Island’s wild south-western edge to serve as a means for shipwreck survivors to travel to safety, the Dominion Lifesaving Trail was incorporated into the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in 1973, and re-dubbed the West Coast Trail. [caption id="attachment_21020" align="alignnone" width="667"] Hikers on the West Coast trail.[/caption] These days it’s more famous as one of the best hiking trails in the world, allowing you to walk the same paths once (and still) trodden by the First Nations’ groups of the Ditidaht, Pacheedaht and Huu-ay-aht.   Stretching for 75 kilometres, you have the option of spending anywhere from four to seven nights making this iconic journey – you’ll climb ladders, make your way through forests, pass waterfalls, ford rivers and carefully navigate slopes to reach your destination. [caption id="attachment_21021" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The West Coast trail ferry arrives.[/caption] It’s an ideal trip for those who like to challenge themselves.   Guided tours off the main path are also available, taking you into a variety of First Nations’ cultural sites. [caption id="attachment_21022" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A waterfall on the West Coast trail.[/caption] For experienced hikers, Canada doesn’t get any better than this. GET GOING: The West Coast Trail (westcoasttrail.com) is accessible year-round, but its “season” is May 1 to September 30. Hikers visiting outside this period must be aware that not all facilities, including search and rescue, may be available. LOCATION: The West Coast Trail is in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in Vancouver Island’s wild south-west, spanning 75 kilometres between Port Renfew at its southern end, and the fishing village of Bamfield to the north. The closest major cities are Port Alberni and Duncan, both of which are about two to three hours’ drive away. [caption id="attachment_21023" align="alignnone" width="1024"] One of the beautiful spots on the west Coast trail.[/caption] “Wild, pristine country – you'll feel you’re in the middle of nowhere. With beaches, lakes, rivers, tall mountains and wild rainforest, this is one of the best wilderness areas in North America.” – Craig Tansley   << Previous | Next >>  Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Soar over the ice fields of Kluane National Park
Fly over one of the most striking views in Canada, if not the world.  Read more
Migrate to the Arctic north with Canadian caribou
Get amidst a giant Canadian caribou herd in the frozen Nunavut territory.  Read more
Lodge in style at the Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Resort
Live wild, and also wildly pampered at a totally unique resort.  Read more
You’re guaranteed to be in awe of Canada’s mass reindeer migration
Watch a wildlife phenomenon like no other as the Canadian reindeer migrate. Read more
Forget the snow and follow Whistler locals to Russet Lake
Venture to an alpine lake that just begs to be plunged into. Read more
Watch an ocean become a highway in Canada, then drive it
Drive one of the world's most interesting winter roads. Read more
Heli-hiking the stunning Canadian Rockies
Hike with all the wonder, but none of the effort aboard a helicopter. Seemingly insurmountable monuments to nature’s beauty, the furthest reaches of the Canadian Rockies were once off-limits to all but the boldest of adventurers.   But now there’s an easier way to ascend and experience all this natural beauty up close: by helicopter. [caption id="attachment_20645" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Taking stock atop a Canadian mountain.[/caption] In summer and spring, world-class hotspots such as Lake Louise, Jasper and Mount Charles Stewart, represent fantastic opportunities to experience Canada’s wilderness in comfort.   You’ll see waterfalls, mountain flowers and you might even catch a glimpse of an eagle. Mountain-top picnics, ice fishing, zip lines and rock climbing are all available. Get going: [caption id="attachment_20646" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Helicopter hiking is great fun.[/caption] Sightseeing helicopter tours run year-round, but hiking-specific tours generally run mid-June to late September. Fly and hike with Canadian Mountain Holidays (canadianmountainholidays.com). Location: Take heli-hiking tours from Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Calgary. Trips can be as short as a few hours or up to six days, with expert guides and overnight stays in mountain lodges. [caption id="attachment_20648" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Heli hiking in Banff National Park, Alberta.[/caption] “Hiking just got sexy.” – Rob McFarland   <<Previous | Next >>  Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Ply the Inside Passage with British Columbia Ferries
Venture through the intricate waterways of British Colombia's Inside Passage. Read more
Join the Arctic Watch on Nunavut’s untamed tundra
Go deep into the frozen reaches of Canada in Nunavut with an Arctic Watch adventure. Read more
Take a walk over the wild side for the best view in Toronto
Get on top of the world with one of Canada's best urban views.  Read more
Into icy waters: Cruising Canada’s infamous Northwest Passage
Explore the Arctic Northwest and meet giant Canadian mammals, and even bigger icebergs. Read more
Conquer Canada’s Arctic on a wilderness adventure
Take all the polar you can bear in sub-Arctic Manitoba.  Read more
Soar above the craggy peaks of Canada’s Tombstone
Soar above a stunning Canadian scene that time forgot.  Read more
Going with the floe on a Canadian polar sea adventure
Discover a whole new world near the polar north of Canada. Read more
For an epic RV getaway, head to the Yukon
Get on the open road under the Yukon's midnight sun. Read more
Live like a cowboy in Canada’s Grasslands National Park
Go back in time to an age where cowboys ruled the Saskatchewan plains. Read more
Why you need to catch a floatplane to Canada’s Virginia Falls
Soar your way to one of the world's great waterfalls.  Read more
Befriend a sea otter off Canada’s Vancouver Island
Meet one of the cutest Canadian critters off gorgeous Vancouver Island. Cruising quietly through glassy water to where the wild things are on a kayak tour in the shadow of mountainous Vancouver Island can be a little daunting. [caption id="attachment_21182" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kayakers search for sea otter off Vancouver Island.[/caption] But not when your intended target is this cute.   As you glide through the sea in your lightweight craft, tentatively probing the tiny floating islands of kelp, before you know it you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by a fleet of friendly otters.   As you float along, bask in a coastline of prehistoric forests and surf-pounded beaches, secluded sea caves and alien-looking vertical rock stacks. [caption id="attachment_21181" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A sea otter pops up to say hello off Vancouver Island.[/caption] As well as the 1500 sea otters that call the area home, keep an eye out for soaring bald eagles, black bears foraging for crabs and, if you’re lucky, migrating whales.   The daily kayak routes follow the tides and weather, as well as opportunities for guests to explore the local First Nations’ culture and community. [caption id="attachment_21180" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A man looks for sea otters off Vancouver Island.[/caption] At the end of the day, you’ll be welcomed back to your Spring Island camp-base where luxury tents, gourmet meals and chats with the locals await. GET GOING: Five-day sea otter kayak tours with West Coast Expeditions (westcoastexpeditions.com) operate from late June until early September each year. Find out more here. LOCATION: Vancouver Island, BC, is off Canada’s south-west coast, and the Sea Otter Kayak Tours have their camp-base on Spring Island in the Kyuquot Sound, 150 kilometres north-west of Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s western edge. [caption id="attachment_21183" align="alignnone" width="667"] Fits stand tall on Vancouver Island.[/caption] “The evening salmon feast around the campfire is the kind of memory that lasts a lifetime – especially if there’s a sea otter or two cavorting nearby.” – John Lee   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Heli-ski your way to mountains of Canadian bliss
Heli-ski the best run of your life on a powder-filled Canadian slope.  Read more
Go wild in Churchill on a polar bear safari
Test your nerves on a journey to meet one of the world's most amazing animals. Read more
Get your motor runnin’ with a Harley ride down Canada’s Icefields Parkway
Get hog-wild on one of the world's great motorcycle journeys. Read more
Tiptoeing across Canada’s ancient Columbian Icefields
Ice is nice on the wonderful journey onto a centuries-old glacier. Read more
Why you should make time for Banff’s Moraine Lake
Spend some time on a lake whose scenery is on the money.  Read more
Head to the roof of the world via a Canadian ice road
Drive carefully on one of the iciest (and most beautiful) roads on earth. Read more
Scale the Skyline Trail in Alberta’s Jasper National Park
Venture into Canada's gorgeous Jasper National Park, following the beautiful Skyline Trail.  Read more
Go grizzly cub spotting at British Columbia’s Knight Inlet Lodge
Meet one of Canada's most gorgeous animals - the grizzly cub.  Read more
Snorkel with Canada’s mystical beluga whales
Snorkel with Canada's wonderful beluga whales.  Read more
Glacier alley: Rafting down Canada’s wildest rivers
Get your heart pumping in the wilds of the Nahanni National Park Reserve. Read more
Bewitched by lights in remote Yellowknife
Experience one of the great natural wonders in the beautiful Canadian north. Read more
Make sure you mountain bike Alberta’s best tracks
Leave behind only tracks on Alberta's incredible mountain bike trails.   Read more
Why you need to Hike Cape Breton’s skyline at sunset
Drink in all the natural beauty of the Cape Breton National Park.  Read more
Feel the spray of Niagara Falls aboard Canada’s Hornblower
Experience the awesome power of one of the world's most famous waterfalls.  Read more
Tread the earth’s exposed mantle at Gros Morne
See the inner working's of this planet of ours at Gros Morne.  Read more
Go snorkelling with humpbacks in eastern Canada
Experience pure awe as you swim with the gentle giant of the sea.    Read more
Discover the magic of the Magdalen Islands
Discover a hidden Canadian island chain that has much to offer.  Read more
Watch amazing husky sledding at the mighty Yukon Quest
Enjoy the dog days of the Yukon Quest, watching some amazing husky sledding.  Read more
Go in search of Nunavut’s mystical narwhals
Meet one of world's most mystical creatures  Read more
Get insight into Inuit life in the Torngat Mountains
Have a cultural experience at one of Canada's most remote, but also most beautiful locations. It's number #29 in the 100 things to do in Canada before you die. Read more