6 Canadian Mountain Adventures
That will get you off the beaten path
Staying at Mistaya Lodge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Opulent-yet-outdoorsy comfort seekers will love staying at Mistaya Lodge, which is nestled deep in the Canadian Rocky Mountains near Golden, BC and is only accessible by helicopter. The lodge is a 2,000 square foot post-and-beam structure with six large guestrooms, a large, modern kitchen and incredible views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. After a day of alpine hiking, mountaineering, ski touring or snowshoeing with certified guides, guests can relax in a cedar sauna before enjoying a delicious home-cooked in meal in the common area.
Snowshoe and Fondue Tour in Banff National Park
The Sunshine Village Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour in Banff, AB is part of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection, so you know it’s must-do Canadian mountain experience! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and incredible views of the Rocky Mountains as you trek through pristine powder in Sunshine Meadows before heading to the Chimney Corner Lounge and Wine Bar at Sunshine Mountain Lodge for a traditional Swiss style cheese and vegetable fondue.
Heli Fondue at the Summit Hut in Panorama, BC
For a different kind of fondue experience, head to the Panorama Mountain Resort in Panorama, BC for an exhilarating helicopter flight over the mountains before landing near the Summit Hut and enjoying beverages and a traditional cheese and chocolate fondue beside a warm fire. Reservations for the Heli Fondue at the Summit Hut experience are available throughout the winter.
Snowmobile Dinner Tour at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario
Go for a thrilling snowmobile ride on trails that cross through hardwood forest, over streams and rivers, and alongside incredible vistas before stopping for dinner at a restaurant tucked in the hamlet of Singhamton on this four-hour tour organized by Ride On Rentals. After dinner, you can experience what it’s like to snowmobile ride at night through Ontario’s backcountry as you make your way back to the resort.
Climbing the Via Ferrata in Mont-Tremblant National Park
Discover Mont-Tremblant National Park in Quebec from a whole new perspective by getting harnessed in and climbing the Via Ferrata Du Diable. Built onto the Vache Noire rock wall, the Via Ferrata—which means “iron road” in Italian—is a climbing path made of built-in steps, handles, beams and various types of bridges with a steel cable that runs alongside the route to clip yourself in to. The best part? You don’t need to be an experienced climber to enjoy the incredible views on this 200-metre ascent.
Splitboarding at Whistler Blackcomb
Get a whole new experience on a snowboard that splits into skis! Join Whistler's Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures to try Splitboarding. You will head up the mountain with an experienced guide and take in all the sights and sounds of the mountains without needing to be an expert yourself. Have a look at this video of a recent splitboarding experience by one of the Get Out There reporters.
Photo: Mistaya Lodge / Julie-Anne Davies