6 Incredible Canadian Adventures to Take in 2017

BY North America | Canada

For more than 50 years, we at B&R have traversed the globe in search of adventure – which is pretty ironic, when you consider that some of the world’s best opportunities for exploration can be found in our own backyard.

Rife with rich natural splendour, a fascinating cultural diversity and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet (if we do say so ourselves), Canada combines all of our favourite elements of adventure with the added bonus of a relatively brief flight.

So in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’ve rounded up six of our favourite adventures that literally span from coast to coast.


British Columbia:

Bears, Whales and “Wows!”

(So many “Wows!”)

The awe-inspiring west coast of British Columbia is home to some of the most incredible creatures in the world.

Grizzly and black bears, orca and humpback whales, not to mention bald eagles, sea lions, salmon and otters. The opportunity to watch these animals in their natural environment is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Set out from Vancouver to spend six awesome nights in two amazing lodges sheltered by BC’s breathtaking coastal wilderness.

Once there, travel by float plane and helicopter, hike in alpine meadows surrounded by snow capped mountains and glaciers and float on a drift boat down a pristine river teeming with spawning salmon.

Learn all about the history and traditions of the First Nations people of this region; track a grizzly bear deep into the woods; or observe a pod of orcas at play off the coast.

In this place, they call that “Tuesday.”

See the trip: Bears & Whales Family Adventure

Vancouver & Whistler

Rugged Nature & Inspiring Culture

The stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest exists not only in its vast wilderness, but in the sprawling mountains that permeate the landscape.

The Coast Mountain Range in Southwestern British Columbia plays home to a lush rainforest and a towering mountain range, dominated by some of the largest glaciers in North America.

Here you can explore this incredible landscape, hiking the alpine ridgelines through the lush forests, past spring-fed lakes reaching aquamarine-coloured waters, and resting at the bottom of glaciers, which tower above.

Here, the motto on the license plates says it all: “Best Place on Earth.”

See the trip: Vancouver and Whistler Adventure


Quebec:

Biking Through Quebec

A taste of Europe in our own backyard

Worlds both old and new converge in Québec.

From cosmopolitan Montréal to history-rich Québec City (by way of the Eastern Townships, a Loyalist enclave of beautiful woodland biking), sample Canada’s most European of provinces through its cheeses, wines, sparkling lakes and charming city streets.

Its roads wind through reminders of its early settlers: ancestral homes, covered bridges and historic churches and chapels.

Rural antique shops are full of charming trinkets of the past and crafts by local artisans.

Discover why this pocket of North America is so special—a place where hockey, maple syrup, food and politics are religion (though not necessarily in that order).

See the trip: Quebec Biking

A Family Adventure Through Quebec

Old world charm meets new world cool

The same combination of culture and natural beauty that makes Quebec such a joy for bikers also makes it an ideal family vacation locale.

Kids (of all ages) will love Old Montreal, where you’ll get the sense that you’ve been transported across the Atlantic to a bustling European capital.

In the Laurentians region, bike on the Petit Train du Nord, an old railroad line converted into a 200-kilometre bicycle path running from St-Jérôme to Mont Laurier. The biking here is perfect for kids – safe and flat – with stops to taste local delicacies in several villages along the way.

A drive along the Chemin de la Fraicheur (Flavour Trail) proves as delicious as its name promises. Taste Québec’s famous gourmet cheeses, such as Migneron and Le Ciel de Charlevoix, then hike or bike through a beautiful national park that’s home to caribou and arctic foxes.

See the trip: Quebec Family Adventure


Newfoundland:

Stroll Through Newfoundland

Raw expanses & legendary hospitality

In Newfoundland, the draw for travellers has traditionally been the wide expanses of raw nature, from ranging moose to towering icebergs. (Oh, and let’s not forget Newfoundlanders’ legendary sense of hospitality and storytelling acumen, of course.)

Today though, the island is rapidly garnering a reputation for a keen arts scene as well as a meaningful approach to preserving a traditional way of life.

On “The Rock” the hiking has always been good, the people friendly and engaging, and the fish fresh; it’s just that now, thanks largely to stunning Fogo Island Inn and its efforts, the whole experience has become so much more interactive.

Stories of old are told by those who inherited them from their parents, and their parents’ parents before them; traditional skills have been revived and put to use in contemporary settings; and a lively celebration of everything that is this island, encompassing all art forms from the stage to the paintbrush, can be found throughout the year.

See the Trips:

There are two ways to stroll through this magnificent province on Canada’s easternmost coast.

On Newfoundland Walking, let a professional B&R guide host you as you go with a group to explore all the island has to offer.

For those with an independent streak, Newfoundland Self-Guided Walking allows you to harness our expertise and explore on your own – with support just a phone call away, should you need it.

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