Canada. It's almost 10 million square-kilometres of adventures, waiting for you. Ten provinces. Thirteen territories. More freshwater than any country on Earth; more coastline than any country on Earth. Iconic mountain ranges, vast plains, remote Arctic...
How do you decide?
Well, we can help. Check out this list of six essential adventure destinations, and venture forth. Canada awaits.
Tofino, British Columbia
Where: On the west coast of Vancouver Island. Fly in (YAZ) or drive across the Island on Highway 4.
Why: Surfing on some of Canada's best beaches. Coastal rainforest hikes. Kayaking mecca. Winter storm-watching.
When: Year round. Fall is great for surfing. Winter is storm-watching season. Choose spring through summer for kayaking and hiking.
Where: Just a few minutes east of Banff National Park, on the Trans-Canada Highway. Nearest airport is Calgary (YYC).
Why: Hiking paradise. Mountain biker's dream. Cross-country ski and downhill ski/snowboard epicentre. Fewer crowds than Banff.
When: Year-round. Winter is ski and snowshoe season. Summer and fall brings the best alpine hiking. Mountain biking season is late-spring through early-fall.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Where: North-central Saskatchewan—take Highway 11 northeast from Saskatoon.
Why: The gateway to Saskatchewan's northern canoe country. Less than an hour away, you'll find Prince Albert National Park. Even closer, a wild plethora of canoe routes through boreal forest.
When: Spring through early fall. Water levels are best in spring, bugs are at their least in early fall. Some go in winter for cross-country skiing and Northern Lights.
Where: The edge of Hudson Bay, near the geographic centre of Canada. Fly in access is best (YYQ). Semi-regular train access. No road access.
Why: The best place to view polar bears in Canada. In summer, kayaking and tundra hikes are popular—view belugas, birds and bears.
When: Polar bear tours are most popular in October and November. Summer hiking season is July and August.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Where: The hub of Northwestern Ontario, on the Trans-Canada Highway at the northwestern end of Lake Superior. Fly in access also (YQT).
Why: Ontario's outdoor adventure mecca. Hike at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park; drive to Quetico for some of the nation's best canoeing.
When: Spring through fall is hiking and canoeing season. Fat-biking is getting popular in winter.
Deer Lake, Newfoundland & Labrador
Where: The hub of Central Newfoundland. Fly in from most major airports (YDF). Located on the Trans-Canada Highway, six hours from St. John's.
Why: Jumping off point for Gros Morne National Park, one of Canada's most spectacular regions. Hike iconic trails. Paddle fiords. Take in epic views.
When: Late spring through early fall is the best time to visit Gros Morne—winter puts it in a long deep-freeze.
We know we missed so many! So stay tuned—we'll cover Quebec and the Maritimes soon!