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Self-effacing Canada has a lot up its sleeve. Spotting rare Arctic wildlife, swimming with Narwhals and skating to work is BAU. Add glittering lakes, ice fields, majestic peaks and prairie expanses and you know why it’s a mandatory destination on our cards.
Grizzly Bear Trek, British Columbia – Prime bear country, British Columbia has the highest population of grizzlies and is home to the rare White Kermode Bear. Spot these fearsome creatures in their natural lair at the Great Bear Rainforest area (Bella Coola, Saltwater Fjords) or Knight Inlet. In spring, packs feast on fresh grass sedges and in fall, they catch salmon.
Polar Bear Tours, Churchill, Manitoba – The Churchill Wildlife Management Area spans 850,000 hectares and hosts Polar Bears every summer. Specialized Tundra vehicles take you up close to the Bears, while the really intrepid can opt for a walking Arctic safari.
Whale Watching, Vancouver – Head south of Vancouver to catch Orcas, Humpbacks, Minke and Grey Whales, Porpoises, Seals, Sea Lions and a whole line up of sea birds. From May to October, it’s prime viewing time to see Southern Resident Orcas feeding on migrating Salmon in the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands. The late summer months, are ideal for spotting Northern Resident Orcas, which feed in the Johnson Strait.
Mountain Goats & Big Horned Sheep, Icefields Parkway – Icefields Parkway is not only one of the world’s most beautiful routes, it also gives you the chance to spot true blue Canadian wildlife like Big Horn Sheep, Coyotes, Deer, Black Bears and even the elusive Mountain Goat.
Camping & Hiking, Nahanni National Park, North West Territories – An area of unbelievable eco diversity, gold rush myths and stories of First Nation tribes, the Nahanni National Park is a vintage Canadian adventure. The Park’s highlights include the 302-foot-high Virginia Falls (two times taller than Niagara), the Rabbitkettle Tufa Mounds, Kraus Hot Springs and Gold rush sites like the Headless Valley, Funeral Range and Deadmen valley.
White water rafting, Jasper National Park, Alberta – Get your entire family to paddle in unison. Jasper National Park has white water rafting from an easy grade 1 to a tough 6 on the Athabasca, Sunwapta and Fraser Rivers. Anyone above 6 years can suit up and try the easier swirls and eddies of the Athabasca. The turbulent waters of Sunwapta and Fraser are for more experienced paddlers.
Calgary Stampede, Alberta – If it’s July, get your inner cowboy to the world’s most famous rodeo. A weeklong extravaganza, the Calgary stampede is a re-creation of the magic and myth of the old West and features ladies barrel racing, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and saddle bronc & bull riding. Competitions aside, there are country music concerts and tasty eats like deep fried cookie dough and fried pickle pizza!
Dog Sledding, Ontario – Get your own loyal team of huskies and glide across silent, sleeping boreal forests in winter. As you yell ‘mush, mush’ keep an eye out for the odd Moose or White Tail Deer. Places like the Haliburton forest, Sunset Country and Barrie have a wonderful choice of trails.
Athabasca Glacier, Banff – It is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefields. Giant Explorer buses drive down steep slopes to take you right to the middle, from where you can see the Andromeda Glacier as well. Ice slopes taller than the Eiffel tower surround you, while masses of glacial ice lie beyond.
Hotel de Glace, Québec – North America’s only authentic Ice Hotel, the Hotel de Glace gets built every December as soon as the temperature falls below zero. A team of constructors & sculptors create intricate arches, rooms, bar, ice slide and even a chapel. A dream wedding and romantic destination, this cool, cool hotel stays open till April.
Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest natural skating rink in winter. 7.8 kms long, it goes through the heart of downtown Ottawa from the Parliament Building to Dows Lake. Don skates, glide, gorge on pastries and warm up at the heated chalets on the side.
Ice Wine Tasting, Inniskillin, Niagara-on-the-lake – Drop by at the Inniskillin winery to taste their famed ice wines. Made from grapes left to freeze in the winter frost, the harvest usually happens at night after the temperature reaches -8° C and stays there. The cold means a sweeter, intense and deliciously flavoured wine.
Ice Magic Festival, Lake Louise – Part of the Snow Days celebration, the Ice Magic Festival has international artists vying for top ice carving spots using 300 pound blocks of ice. The "one carver, one hour" speed carving event is a big show stopper too. The festival also has workshops, ice installations, ice wall climbing, ice playgrounds and wagon rides.
How much persuasion do you really need to board a train that stops at 18 top notch luxury spas? Not much, we guess!
Orcas, Humpbacks, Minke & Grey whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions and a whole line up of sea birds await you here.
If you’re in the mood for a long, scenic drive then Highway 99 or the Sea to Sky highway is the road to drive on.