Credit: Tourism Newfoundland & Labrador
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. Let's make 2019 epic.
Read on and choose your own CANADIAN adventure today:
Surf a Standing Wave in Montreal, Quebec
When you think of surfing, you think of Montreal, right? Well, maybe not—but you should. Located right in front of the oddball futurist Habitat 67 building on the rushing St. Lawrence River is a phenomenon called a “standing wave.” If you’re a skilled surfer and a strong swimmer, paddle out, catch this wave and surf it for as long as you can— often several minutes or more. The surf season generally runs from about April to November, with thicker wetsuits required at the seasonal bookends.
Stargaze in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick
How long you’ll spend in New Brunswick’s first national park is up to you—but start with at least an overnight. There are three front-country campgrounds, eight backcountry campsites, two rustic cabins, five yurts and one cabin that’s shaped like a teardrop—but the best option might be the 30 oTENTiks. Think of a mix between a cabin and a tent and you’ll have an idea of what these units offer. Just bring sleeping bags, food and something to cook with and Parks Canada will set up the rest. Fundy National Park is a Dark Sky Preserve, which is the main reason to stay a night in its woodsy splendor.
Kiteboard Atlantic Winds on Prince Edward Island
Generally, a trip to Prince Edward Island is all about serenity and relaxation. But not today. Reliable, strong winds blowing off the Gulf of St. Lawrence combine with wide expanses of ocean and sandy beaches to create one of the best kiteboarding locales in Canada. Book a lesson, or bring your gear if you’re initiated, head to the Green Gables Shore on the island’s north edge and get ready to experience the wilder side of PEI.
Backpack the Highlands in Nova Scotia
From the top of 355-metre Mackenzie Mountain, Fishing Cove Trail winds through mixed-woods forest alongside the Fishing Cove River en route to Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s only designated wilderness campsite. On a clearing next to a serene ocean bay and pebble beach (once home to a Scottish fishing village), set up your tent for a pleasant overnight while you explore the beaches and inlets of the Cape Breton coastline. You’ll need to pack in your own water, as well as a camp stove, as fires are not permitted. There are effectively three options for tackling this trail: a six-kilometre or 12-kilometre trail, both returning the way they came, or an 18-kilometre route, but this will require two vehicles (one parked at each lot), as it is linear.
Spot Icebergs & Vikings in Newfoundland & Labrador (pictured)
Located on the northwestern tip of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows does double-adventure-duty. Most notably, it contains the ruins of a 1,000-year-old Viking settlement; a discovery which re-wrote the history of European colonization. Plus, it’s also a prime viewing spot for the icebergs that oat by every spring and summer. Rent a kayak at the nearby town of St. Anthony for a closer look at these icy leviathans, along with puffins, whales and rugged Atlantic coastline.