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10 Best Outdoor Activities in Canada

Canada is an affordable tourist destination situated in North America surrounded by the iconic water bodies- The Atlantic, The Pacific & The Arctic. You might have heard a lot about the mesmerizing beauty of this ‘Maple leaf nation’ but the must-try outdoor activities of Canada are definitely going to blow your mind! Ranging from adventurous icy skiing trails to hot spring baths of national parks there are numerous surprising adventure spots of Canada that are tailored made to turn your boring tours into an unforgettable heart-racing adventure. Wanna give it a Go? Let’s dive straight into the fun then!

List of 10 Adventures in Canada You Mustn’t Miss




1. Kayaking With Orcas

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Kayaking with orcas

Kayaking is an adventurous sport in Canada and it becomes more incredible when you get 200 orcas coming from the North of Vancouver Island, giving you nice company. Kayaking next to these amazing creatures is in itself a fabulous experience to encounter. Telegraph Cove is amongst the top places in Canada to go kayaking. Here you can also explore a diverse variety of local wildlife including humpback whales, black bears, sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, and bald eagles.

Highlights: Witness the aquatic giants such as humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, etc. in flesh alive & wondersome.

Best Place to Find: Vancouver Island

2. Snow-Tagging, Quebec

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Snow taggging

If you haven’t explored this exciting activity during the snowy winters of Canada, you are missing out on a lot of fun! It is an incredible mix of fitness and Zen gardening amidst the glistening snow of Canada. At La Mauricie National Park, snow taggers head towards the wild after a fresh snowfall. Then they carefully stomp out illustrative designs over the freshly fallen snow floor for several hours. You can take the help of GPS, compass, ropes, or just carve out a free-form art. It is one of the famous outdoor activities in Canada that you mustn’t miss

Highlights: Reveal your inner artist on the best canvas of snowy floors.

Best Place to  Find:  La Mauricie National Park, Quebec

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3. Biking

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Biking

Surely, PEI is Canada’s smallest province, the surreal views of this place are unbeatable. Bike riding is a spectacular outdoor sport in Canada that grants you unseen views of the province. Ranging from bright green pastures to red towering cliffs adorned with Atlantic blue ocean it is an unforgettable adventure that you must try at least once. You can also find mesmerizing East coast’s hospitality in the form of scrumptious seafood at PEI, Canada.

Highlights: Adrenaline-pumping rides infused with spectacular views of the PEI province

Best Place to  Find: PEI province east coast, Canada





4. Ski Olympic Trail

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Ski Olympic Trail

Whistler is a popular junction to ski in Canada. It served as the official mountain resort of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. You can easily find some of the professional slopes to enjoy this popular outdoor activity of Canada. Whistler Blackcomb is regarded as North America’s best ski resort with nearly 200 marked trails and the highest vertical drop you can ever imagine. They also offer zip-lining, hiking, and kayaking sport for further adventure. Since it is just a two-hour drive from the beautiful city of Vancouver, you mustn’t slouch upon your bed on weekends in winter.

Highlights: Endless access to professional ski routes along with other mind-blowing activities such as zip-lining, hiking, and kayaking.

Best Place to  Find: Whistler Blackcomb Resort

5. Backcountry Canoeing

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Backcountry canoeing

Canoeing might seem like a relaxing sport. But on the contrary, it does require a lot of strength & effort to pursue this incredible adventure activity in Canada. Tofino is a popular hotspot to find the best versions of canoeing. Whereas, Algonquin Park is immensely famed amongst canoe lovers in Canada. Covering over 990 miles of canoe routes, this park houses lakes, rivers, forests, and a diverse wildlife population that will amaze you on every step further. You can do multi-day backcountry canoe trips at the Algonquin park according to your own travel plans. 

Highlights: Fabulous views of the Canadian landscapes

Best Place to  Find: Algonquin Park

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6. Surfing 

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Surfing

All the water lovers get ready with your thermals & surfboards as Canada does offer surfing destinations despite its bone-chilling weather. Tofino is a premier all-year surfing destination where the temperature ranges between 5° C and 7° C. It is an exciting surfing destination to experience one of the top outdoor activities in Canada. You just need to wear a wetsuit & move along with your surfboard to seek the best out of this town. There are numerous high-quality restaurants including a tasty taco shack appropriately named Tacofino that you mustn’t miss on this visit. Apart from surfing Tofino also possesses splendid rainforest hiking trails to explore.

Highlights: Literally bone-chilling water fun with a high-quality seafood expedition

Best Place to  Find: Tofino town, Canada





7. Jurassic Expedition

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Jurassic expedition

Badlands are some of the most talked-about destination wonders of Canada situated near Drumheller, Alberta. The uniqueness & fascinating vibe of this place can only be experienced by a casual visit. A place where once dinosaurs roamed, encompassing tonnes of precious fossil beds and rock formations such as hoodoos, this place is surely a must-try outdoor activity in Canada that you should pursue once. You can hike at the horseshoe canyon to witness a new perspective of these wonderous geological formations. Royal Tyrell Museum is one more highlight you can explore to know more about the dinosaurs of Alberta.

Highlights: Unexpected Jurassic fact learning! Along with breath-taking views of the badlands.

Best Place to  Find: Badlands at Alberta

8. Ice Climbing

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Ice climbing

Ice climbing seems a dangerous activity not made for all the laymen looking for adventure in Canada. But let me tell you The Rocky Mountains are the best spots to start your ice climbing trials. Stretching from Alberta into British Columbia it is a perfect spot for rock climbers whereas in winters it turns into an Ice climbing wonderland at Banff national park. If you feel like it’s too much for you, then take a hike into Johnston Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls or warm up your body in the Banff hot springs for more fun.

Highlights: Soar hands if you have never touched ice before, but you also leave with a new skill on your hands

Best Place to  Find: The Rocky Mountains

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9. Dog Sledging

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Dog sledging

If you thought what can be more? Canada offered you ‘Can-more’! I know a bad pun, but the activity is far greater than what you expect! It is available just outside the Banff National Park in the small town of Canmore. It is also a Canadian tradition to explore the majestic mountains via dog sledding. Numerous travel agents run dog sledding tours throughout the area. The tour takes about two hours, with small breaks in between where you can enjoy classic hot chocolate drinks or other traditional beverages of Canada.

Highlights: Unseen views of the Canadian mountainous regions

Best Place to  Find: Banff National Park

10. Witness Iconic Northern Lights

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witness Norther lights

Your trip to Canadian lands can’t be complete without witnessing the northern lights after all. Yellowknife is the best destination in Canada for observing Northern Lights. In fact, it was named Aurora Village after the aurora borealis. Apart from Yellowknife, there are various other places to explore this adventure such as the Jasper National Park in Canada. It is world-known for possessing the darkest sky preserves. This means there are no artificial lights around to obscure the view of the celestial wonders in the night sky. The best time of year to witness aurora borealis is September through mid-May.  It is one of the best outdoor sport in Canada that you must witness.

Highlights: Witness dreamy aurora borealis as an unforgettable experience.

Best Place to Find: Yellowknife & Jasper National Park

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Hope you enjoyed the aforementioned list of 10 adventures spots in Canada to enjoy on your trips. There are many more hidden wonders amidst these outdoor activities in Canada that can definitely soothe your mind & soul. So make sure you choose the best adventures according to your tour planning or try all of them in a row! Whatever suits you will be your choice of fun. There are many more listed adventures you can explore across the world. For that just scroll ahead & find other engaging travelogues at Adequate Travels. Let us know in the comment sections below which one is your favorite.

Navya Upadhyay

I am Navya, a Travel guide at Adequate travel. Here I am sharing my Journey experiences which can be helpful to you while planning your trips.

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