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If you’re lucky enough to live in Canada, then you know it is an absolute dream when it comes to outdoor adventures. Whether you’re taking a break from business or visiting, there are many Canada outdoor activities you can engage in to quench your thirst for adventure.

Here are 12 outdoor adventures you can enjoy in Canada.

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Alberta’s Badlands

Amazing Canada Outdoor Activities

Go surfing

While surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when visiting Canada, there are exceptional surfing spots. Tofino is among the surf towns that allow you to get wet all-year-round. The water here is between five and seven degrees Celsius, and your only requirement is to wear your wetsuit. 

Other than surfing, you can enjoy tasty tacos known as Tacofino in various restaurants. Tofino is endowed with hiking trails, an endless coastline, and wildlife for you to explore.

Hike or trek

Canada has many hiking trails like Pukaskwa, the largest national park in Ontario. Trekking along the shores of the Great Lakes will probably be the best 60 kilometers of your life. You get to marvel at Lake Superior’s expansive views, meander through the serene woodland, collect pebbles, and scramble over steep rocks. To maximize your outdoor adventure, join other campers and head out for a 10-day trailhead hiking experience.

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Enjoy cycling

A list of Canada outdoor activities must include cycling. Cycling is an ideal way to explore vast parts of Canada and exercise in a fun way. Manitoba is among the flattest Canadian provinces with some elevation that allows you to cycle with ease. There are many undulating trails, such as the Lakeshore Trail, Wasagaming Bike Trail, and Clear Lake Trail. They allow cyclers to enjoy an expansive view of the Manitoba Escarpment. Be sure to look out for elk and moose as you cycle, especially early in the morning.

Explore unique areas

Canada is filled with fascinating and unique areas that you can explore during your free time. One of the best places to explore is Alberta’s Badlands, where there is the formation of hoodoos and fossil beds because dinosaurs once roamed. Afterward, enjoy unique geological formations as you walk through the horseshoe canyon and later visit the museum to learn more about dinosaurs.

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Dog Sledding

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful mountains at Canmore town is trying dog sledding. It is a Canadian tradition that some of the companies still embrace to give guests memorable experiences. You will get a chance to experience an exciting ride and scenic view of the surrounding forests and the Rocky Mountains. The tour takes about two hours, with a halfway stop to enjoy hot chocolate and pet the dogs. This Canada outdoor activity is pretty amazing!

Go backpacking

Backpacking is one of the ways to enjoy outdoor adventures with minimal belongings. Auyuittuq National Park guarantees among the toughest Canadian backpacking adventures. The outdoor adventure takes between 8 to 12 days and requires you to be self-reliant.

The landscape is filled with glaciers, roaring rivers, and rugged mountains, where only the toughest animals and plants survive. The area is unpredictable as the weather can change abruptly. However, you will enjoy some highlights like Mount Thor, river crossings, and generally a grand feel of vast space.

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Kiteboard on Prince Edward Island

The Prince Edward Island offers its guests relaxation and serenity. However, if you’re taking a trip to this island, prepare to enjoy kiteboarding. The strong and reliable winds from the Gulf of St. Lawrence make kiteboarding an enjoyable outdoor activity on the large, sandy beaches. Schedule a lesson or carry your gear if you’re already familiar with it.

Try kayaking

Kayaking with whales is among the highlights of every trip to Canada. Yearly, more than 200 orcas come to the North of Vancouver Island. Johnstone Strait, which is among the world’s first Whale Heritage is easily accessible and one with a scenic view to enjoy as you paddle.

Watching killer whales and dolphins as you paddle through Port McNeill or Telegraph Cove will be one of your highlights during your trip. You will also spot other wildlife like sea lions, porpoises, black bears, bald eagles, and sea otters.

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Take part in the Montreal Music Festival

Every year during August, a 3-day music festival takes place in Montreal. What began as a small festival for the celebration of music and art has become one of the most attended festivals with thousands of locals and visitors. Before you attend, remember to check your eTA Canada status before you even book your ticket. Don’t miss this amazing Canadian outdoor activity!

Go canoeing

Canada is home to many rivers, lakes, wildlife populations, and forests. Get one with nature by visiting places like Algonquin Park where you can enjoy multi-day backcountry canoe trips.  Algonquin Park is a wonderful place to watch wildlife and get lost in nature.

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Enjoy an EdgeWalk at the CN Tower

The EdgeWalk on CN Tower in Toronto is among the most extreme modes of adventure. Here, you walk up to 116 stories, enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Ontario while being supported by a harness, and you also get to enjoy the skyline. Adventure seekers walk in a group of six on the edge of the tower without handrails. The overhead rail supports the ledge and ensures your safety.

Engage in snow tagging

Snow tagging is a mix of Zen gardening and fitness. You can do it anywhere outside as long as there is snow. However, one of the best places to engage in this activity is La Mauricie in Quebec.

The activity involves heading into winter wilds with snowshoes after there is fresh snowfall. You are required to create intricate designs for many hours. There are many drawings made available at the pack office, and you can draw free-form or use ropes and a compass. Once your drawings are complete, trek to a higher point and admire your results. 

Bottom line

Canada has a lot of outdoor activities to offer its locals and visitors. Whether you’re on business, touring, or a student, visit some of the top tourist destinations in Canada like Toronto. Find ways to exercise and enjoy the expansive view of Canada through hiking and cycling. Surf, go canoeing, and take part in other activities such as kiteboarding and exploring uninhabited areas.

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Happy travels!
Annick, The Common Traveler

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