From shredding the slopes of Whistler to jumping out of a plane in Edmonton, here are the best adventure activities in Canada.
Stunning white ski slopes, outstandingly blue rivers and a dramatic climate make up the irresistible beauty that is Canada.
And the fact that it has one of the world’s best mountainous terrains, is a fantastic place for snow sports and has a unique array of wildlife means that there are lots of adventure activities in Canada for all ages.
Here we delve in to some of the best adventurous things to do in Canada, the world’s second largest country.
Skiing In Whistler
Canada, and Whistler in particular, is renowned for its fantastic skiing opportunities. Perfect for any adrenaline seekers, Whistler is home to 8,171 acres of pistes; spreading out over 200 runs which intertwine a mix of beginner, intermediate and expert tracks.
Some seasoned skiiers can only dream of tackling the slopes at Whistler! If skiing’s not your thing, you can try heli-skiing or snowboarding too.
Hike The East Coast Trail
There’s lots of amazing hikes in Canada – a particular favorite of mine is Stawamus Chief in British Columbia – but the ultimate bucket list hike in Canada has to be trekking along North America’s easternmost coastline, the East Coast Trail.
It is based along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula and encompasses 300 kilometres of dramatic Atlantic coast with beautiful vistas.
Hikers in the area can enjoy some spectacular scenery that is typical to this part of the world – such as dramatic cliffs, rugged headlands, weathered fjords and scenic sea stacks. There’s also the chance to go wildlife spotting to look for caribou, whales and seabirds.
Cross The Arctic Circle On Foot At Auyuittuq National Park
The Auyuittuq National Park is one of a kind giving its visitors the chance to cross the Arctic circle on foot. With its pure white slopes and freezing glaciers, it’s the kind of spot that really takes your breath away, ideal for some extreme hiking and photography.
The skiing season of the national park generally runs from March to May, and the hiking season starts in June. At this point, midnight sun can be enjoyed; and you will have the chance to spot snow geese and arctic foxes.
One of the most popular hikes in the area is the Akshayuk Pass, a 97 kilometre hike and camping trip. Hikers must be aware of the weather conditions and know where to stay to avoid polar bears.
For the experienced skier, there is a lot of off-piste powder to be enjoyed, and climbing pros can go on expeditions to some surreal peaks. Other activities within the park include snowmobile tours and dogsledding expeditions.
Kayak With Beluga Whales
While arguably more famous for its opportunities to walk with polar bears, Churchill is a great place to kayak with Beluga Whales.
The boat trip takes about two hours to complete, and the belugas are incredibly amiable, approaching participants with a curious friendliness. These adorable animals surrounding the boat make for incredible photo opportunities.
Witnessing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat is a magical experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and capabilities.
The boat tours do not go too far from the shore and are watched over by the professional tour staff.
Whitewater Rafting In Banff
The rivers around Banff are made for water activities. A popular favourite is Kananaskis River, which is home to class 2-3 rapids, perfect for kids and first timers.
Or how about Horseshoe Canyon which is great for older kids and thrill seekers; the rapids route comprise big waves and a cliff jump and amazing scenery.
Horse River is equally as compelling; combining a few different levels and is a day trip. See Rocky Mountains and sometimes wildlife including bears , osprey, eagles and deer.
The Grouse Grind
The Grouse Grind is not a track for the faint hearted – at all! It’s a 2.9 kilometre hike up Grouse Mountain, during which you gain 853 meters in altitude. Over 150,000 people hike it annually and it takes up to an hour and a half to complete; although the record has been set for just over 23 minutes.
It’s a gruelling hike and is one for the thrill seekers; it’s only advised for people who consider themselves very fit. It’s recommended to train by doing squats, lunges and cardio and to be very prepared for a gruelling hike. You will be rewarded with an unreal view of Vancouver at the end!
If you’re after an adrenaline rush, look no further than Banff’s Glacier Skywalk. Known as the location ‘where eagles soar’, the skywalk is suspended between sheer cliffs and a 918 foot drop into a glacier below.
There are impressive vistas of the Sunwapta Valley, which shows evidence of thousands of years of the landscape being shaped. It’s an absolutely mesmerising panoramic view – made even more incredible by the fact that you’re standing on a transparent platform!
The Glacier Skywalk is only open in summer and is located within the Jasper National Park.
Famous for having the highest jumps in Western Canada, with an elongated freefall, Edmonton is renowned for having world-class instructors. The instructors love the art of skydiving and their passion shines through in their work. The ethos of Edmonton Skydive is to want to educate any tandem divers about the sport and to share their enthusiasm about jumping with customers.
The Edmonton Skydive is open from April to October, when the town basks in warmer weather and summery views over the city can be enjoyed.
Whistler is fast making a name for itself as Canada’s answer to New Zealand’s Queenstown. Possibly it’s most extreme activity is the Whistler Bungee, which is a huge adrenaline rush.
Standing over the Cheakamus River, which receives water from local glaciers, this scenic river provides an astonishing setting for the jump – it is infact one of the world’s most scenic. If you’re feeling anxious about taking the jump, it’s worth knowing that the bungee has a perfect safety record.
The bungee is located 15 minutes south of Whistler Village and just an hour’s drive from West Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. If you’re looking for adventure in the winter, you’re in luck; the bungee is open throughout the year.
Edge Walk At The CN Tower In Toronto
Toronto’s CN tower is without a doubt one of the best extreme activities in Canada; and probably the most hair-raising urban adventure activity in the country! Participants can walk around the edge of the famous tower, which soars 356 meters above the ground.
It’s the world’s highest full circle hands free walk, and is a great location for a hands free shot – at the top, amazing views of the city can be enjoyed. It’s here where you can take a fantastic hands free photo with the urban background. Toronto’s CN Tower also has a name as once of the world’s most unique wedding venues!