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5 Incredible Outdoor Adventures in Canada (part 1 of 2)

Credit: Destination Canada


From coast-to-coast, Canada has adventures ranging from rich cultural experiences in the outdoors, to wildlife viewing, to extreme backcountry trips, paddling destinations and so much more.

Canada is an outdoor-lover's paradise with infinite possibilities. 

Read on and choose your own CANADIAN adventure today (part 1 of 2):

Climb at Skaha Bluffs in Penticton, British Columbia

In British Columbia, Squamish tends to garner all the press for rock climbing—one look at the imposing granite monolith looming over town and you’ll see why. But beginners may be better off to head for Skaha Bluffs, near Penticton. It’s drier, warmer and usually sunnier. While there are routes for pros, newbies can head to the classic climbs at “Day Care” and literally learn the ropes. Local guides will have just about anyone climbing in a matter of minutes—the gateway drug to one of the most addictive of all outdoor sports. 

Winter in Waterton, Alberta

Everybody knows Waterton Lakes National Parkis a Rocky Mountain gem—but few know its prime season might be winter. With the village mostly shut down, visitorship is minimal. Snowfall coats the Crown of the Continent environs, begging you to spend days skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, ice-skating and more. Wildlife is particularly active, so bring your telephoto lens. Only two hotels and two restaurants are open (check before you travel). It’s serenity at its finest. *Check updates for closed/restricted areas due to 2017 fire.

Journey to Canada’s Sahara in Saskatchewan (pictured)

This is not the landscape you would expect to find in the boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan. In fact, you might not expect it in Canada at all. Welcome to Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park—100 kilometres of ever-moving sand dunes, like a chunk of the Sahara planted near the 60th parallel. As some of the most northerly dunes in the world, and Canada’s largest (reaching 30 metres in height), the area is home to endemic species and unique scenery. It’s also hard to get to— oat plane only. And there are no services; you’ll be totally on your own.

Canoe Big Waters in Manitoba

Lake Winnipegis intimidating. At 24,500-square- kilometres, it’s just a little bigger than the country of Belize. It starts 55 kilometres away from Winnipeg, but reaches 416 kilometres north from there, passing deep into the boreal forest to the edge of the tundra. And it’s a kayaker and canoeist’s dream. If you’re less experienced, stick to the sandy, gentler eastern shorelines—Grand Beach Provincial Park is a nice put-in. Or, hit the west side at Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park to island-hop. Or head way out to Grand Rapids for wild and remote multi-day routes in the lake’s northern reaches.

Fly into Wabakimi in Ontario

One of Ontario’s most remote and renowned provincial parks, Wabakimibeckons the outdoor adventurer. Nearly 900,000 hectares of boat- or plane-access wilderness with some 2,000 kilometres of paddling routes and more than 500 backcountry campsites await. There are lodges speckled throughout the park, but intrepid folk book a fly-in drop-off and spend a week or more meandering through these ample and serene lakes and rivers. Fish for bass and pike; swim in warm waters; enjoy the Canadian backcountry.