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150 Great Canadian Adventures

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We polled our readers and staff to come up with 150 incredible ways for you to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in the great outdoors. From mountain peaks to ocean coasts, backcountry wilds to city streets, there’s an all-Canadian adventure that’s perfect for you.

Raft the tidal bore on the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia

Hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House near Lake Louise, Alberta

Run on the bottom of the Bay of Fundy while the tide is out at Not Since Moses 5K/10K in Nova Scotia

Scuba-explore the shipwrecks of Georgian Bay, Ontario

Hike the 2.9 kilometres up the face of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver

Ski the backcountry of Chic Chocs, Quebec

Climb 1776 stairs to the top of Toronto’s CN Tower at the WWF’s Climb It For Change

Hike up and picnic at the Ferryland Lighthouse in Newfoundland

Paddle 715K from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon in the Yukon River Quest

Take a SUP tour of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest
 
Dine on sugar shack-to-table fare at Quebec’s Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway



Sea kayak Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland

Hike Ontario’s Bruce Trail

Run Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Climb (well, scramble) Mount Temple in Banff National Park

Hike the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island

Bike or cross country ski the 58KM Aerobic Corridor through the Quebec Laurentians

Hike the East Coast Trail along the coast of Newfoundland

Cross country ski in Gatineau Park, Quebec
 
Dog sled in Churchill, Manitoba

Spend the night in Quebec’s Ice Hotel

Skate on the Lake Louise ice rink

Soak in the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs

Go whale watching off the coast of Vancouver Island

Kayak 6.5K to Flowerpot Island in Fathom Five National Marine Park

Celebrate Canada’s 150th and the 10th anniversary of the Canada Army Run in Ottawa

Take in the fall foliage at Algonquin Park in late September and early October



Drive the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia

Do the Confederation 150K run at the Calgary Marathon

Take a train trip through the Rocky Mountains

Mountain bike the trails of Vancouver’s North Shore

Go on a guided bison safari in FortWhyte Alive, Manitoba

Hike Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park between Alberta and Saskatchewan

Surf at Lawrencetown Beach near Halifax, Nova Scotia

Take a culinary bike tour through Montreal

Canoe in Quetico Provincial Park in Northern Ontario

Run the patriotic Canada D’Eh 5K race in Amherstberg, Ontario

Raft the Ottawa River

Sleep out under the stars
 
Bike the 435K Confederation Trail across Prince Edward Island

Celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa

Hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park

Heli-fondue at the Summit Hut at Panorama Mountain Resort

Take a ski jumping course at Whistler Olympic Park

Go back in time at Canada’s oldest road race, Around the Bay 30K in Hamilton, Ontario

Glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Tofino, British Columbia

Hike La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park

View aboriginal pictographs on the Grotto Canyon hike in Exshaw, Alberta

Hike in and swim at the remote Alice Lake in Alice Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia
 
Complete an official beer mile

Stay in an Alpine Club of Canada backcountry hut

Go back in time at Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park

See the Northern Lights



Stay in a hobbit-like eco-lodge in Quebec’s Entre Cimes et Racine

Après ski at Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia

Bike the scenic 58K Niagara River Recreation Trail along the Canadian side of Niagara Falls

Tackle the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island

Celebrate with thousands of others at Canada’s largest 10K, the Vancouver Sun Run

No better place to cross the finish line this year than the Ottawa Marathon
 
Attempt if you dare, the Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta

See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Do a made-in-Canada Mud Hero obstacle course racing event

Sleep on the beach at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park, BC

Head to the Yukon and take in the Aurora Borealis

Tube float the Cowichan River in British Columbia

Hike the 309K remote Waskahegan Trail in Central Alberta

Flashback to the gold rush on the 53K Chilcoot Trail in the Yukon

Ice-climb Jasper National Park’s Athabasca Falls

Après ski at Mont Tremblant in Quebec
 
Skate the ice trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Ontario

Scuba dive in Fathom Five Marine National Park in Tobermory

Climb Rattlesnake Point in Ontario’s Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridget in British Columbia

Ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster at Blue Mountain in the Town of Blue Mountains, Ontario

Go bird watching in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

Horseback ride in the Canadian Rockies

Raft the Kicking Horse River in the Rockies

Do Toronto’s fall marathon, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Camp at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, Ontario
 
Ride the MistRider Zipline to Niagara Falls

Go tree-top trekking in Whistler, British Columbia

Go ice canoeing on the shores of the St. Lawrence in Quebec City

Participate in a Red Bull Crashed Ice event

Take an island-hopping sailing tour of the 1000 Islands between the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario

Chase cheese down a mountain at the Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival at Whistler Blackcomb

Hike the Vancouver Island Spine Trail

Try fat biking

Stand up paddleboard in the Cyprus Lake Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park

Take a bicycle wine tour of Niagara on the Lake

Climb in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley (recover with local wine)

Hike in Alberta’s Willmore Wilderness Park

Kayak Rustico Bay off the coast of Prince Edward Island

Sea kayak in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia

Canoe the Missinaibi Lake in Chapleau, Ontario

Downhill mountain bike at Ski Bromont in Quebec



Paddle and camp in Thousand Islands National Park in Ontario

Stay in a yurt in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Take the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to Manitoulin Island, Ontario for a day of cycling

Stargaze in Wood Buffalo National Park in Northwest Territories
 
Hike to the base of Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

Get up close and personal with wolves at the Haliburton Wild Life Reserve Wolf Centre in Haliburton, Ontario

Take a dogsledding tour in Canmore, Alberta

Have an Arctic experience and get off the beaten path at Auyuittuq National Park in Nunavut

Surf Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in British Columbia

Spot grizzly bears as you float down the Atnarko River in Bella Coola, British Columbia

Tackle the Golden Ultra, a mountain stage race in Golden, British Columbia

Watch the summer caribou migration in Nunavik, Quebec

Take a hut-to-hut ski-tour of the Wapta Traverse in Alberta

Ski Ontario’s backcountry (no, seriously) at Algoma Highlands north of Sault St. Marie
 
Soak in Hot Springs Cove at Maquinna Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia

Hike Pisew Falls to Kwasitchewan Falls in Paint Lake/Pisew Falls Provincial Park, Manitoba

Hit the backcountry and take a fall hike on the Mantario Trail in in Manitoba

Take a wildlife safari in Manitoba to see belugas, bison and moose

Recover from a day out there with cheese fondue at Banff’s The Grizzly House

Enjoy a Viking feast at Great Viking Feast near L’anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site in Newfoundland & Labrador

Visit the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba

Dine at Crystal Hut at the top of Whistler-Blackcomb

Pitch your tent for the night at Alice Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia

Build and spend the night in a quinzhee (even if it’s in your own backyard)
 
Hike and stay at the remote Lake of the Woods Campground in Cathedral Provincial Park, British Columbia

Get a group of friends together and take an evening snowshoe fondue tour on Grouse Mountain

Hike and storm watch along Vancouver Island’s Wild Pacific Trail

Revel in your Canadian-ness as you hike a section of the Trans Canada Trail

Slip’n’slide down the middle of a city street at an Urban Slide Canada event
 
Play a game of pond hockey

Cycle Newfoundland & Labrador’s 450K Viking Trail

Canoe in the paddle strokes of the Group of Seven’s Tom Thomson on Canoe Lake

Take an outdoor yoga class on Kitsilano Beach in British Columbia

Cycle some of the stunning 5,000 kilometres of Quebec’s La Route Verte
 
Visit the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies

Ski the Canadian Birkebeiner in Edmonton, Alberta

Wander through ancient rainforests in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Visit a maple syrup farm and indulge in maple taffy

Do the Toronto Triathlon Festival in the heart of Canada’s largest city

Attempt Canada’s oldest and longest Nordic ski tour, the Canadian Ski Marathon in Quebec

Mountain bike 7 days from Victoria to Whistler, BC at the BC Bike Race

Don your cross country skis at the historic Gatineau Loppet in Gatineau, Quebec

Test your endurance at a ski mountaineering (SKIMO) event

Test your tri-mettle at Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia
 
Go beluga whale watching on the St. Lawrence in Quebec

Stay in an oTENTik tent/cabin at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia

Bike the oldest road in the Yukon, the 30K Ridge Road Heritage Trail

Take a kayak tour of the Toronto Islands

Scuba dive and hunt for the 3-metre tall bronze mermaid statue in Mermaid Cove, Saltery Bay Provincial Park, British Columbia

Sail and view the red cliffs of Quebec’s Îles-de-la-Madeleine islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Take in the mountains and flowers on the Cavell Meadows trail in Jasper National Park

Bike the 500-hectare Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto

Take a seaplane to dine at the famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island in Sans Souci, Ontario

Ski the champagne powder of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort outside of Golden, British Columbia


 

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